I’m a New Yorker born and raised, but I’ve been happy wherever I’ve called home. Singing: by joining my voice with the inspiration of others, it’s the way I best practice empathy. Teaching: the way I love most to connect with the world.
I’m passionate about animals, theatre, and travel. Simple pleasures: hiking, journaling, live performance, the ocean, and exploring new locales on foot. Not-so-guilty pleasures: nostalgia, pastries, and Phish. Team player, risk taker, lifelong learner, excellent listener, loyal friend. I also play piano and musical direct from time to time, which is a blast.
Collaboration is what I most enjoy about my work. I welcome opportunities to collaborate with composers, chamber musicians, opera ensembles, teachers, and researchers. If you’d like to connect, I’d love to hear from you!
Acknowledged by the South Florida Classical Review for her “vocal color and variety,” soprano Elena Blyskal creates vivid and versatile performances of traditional and contemporary repertoire. Elena enjoys exploring a vast canvas of characters, from the infamous Queen of the Night, to the mysterious Voice haunting the Old Testament’s Jonah (Einstein’s Inconsistency), to Khloe/Kourtney in the workshop of Dana Kaufman’s Opera Kardashian, which were roles created for her. She made her debut with The Princeton Festival in June 2019, covering the role of Madame Mao in Nixon in China.
As a collaborative advocate for art song and new music, Elena has premiered the music of Julian Brijaldo, Dylan Findley, Peter Evans, Zachary Friedland, and Jared Hettrick, whose Hunger Games-themed cycle Songs on Fire was written expressly for her. She recently sang three concerts with the soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy, and has enjoyed guest appearances with Kaleidoscope MusArt, Hispanic-American Lyric Theatre, and New American Voices. Elena also premiered the piano version of vocal-movement work Falling for Prepositions at Miami’s Zenith Art & Fashion, where she collaborated with dancer Claire Porter and composer Mary Ellen Childs. Currently, she sings with the eVoco Voice Collective and the Cathedral of the Incarnation.
Elena earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where her research interests included mindfulness practice in the collegiate vocal studio and cabaret song. She received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Elena maintains private studios in NYC and on Long Island, and most recently taught Vocal Pedagogy at CUNY Queens College. She lives in Queens with her partner and their cat.