Born in Aachen in 1991, Elena Harsányi took her first singing lessons at the age of 12 with Dr. Barbara Hebborn in Bonn. In 2012 she embarked on a singing course at the University of Music in Saarbrücken under Prof. Ruth Ziesak and has continued from the summer semester 2017 with a master’s course under Prof. Christiane Iven at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Munich.
In the 2016/17 season she can already be heard in the Saarländisches Staatstheater as Maria in Leonard Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’, as Papagena in Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’, and as Gianetta in ‘L’Elisir d’Amore’ by Gaetano Donizetti. In the past two seasons she had appeared on the same stage in the dual role of L’Amour/Clarine in ‘Platée’ by Jean-Philippe Rameau, in the title role of in Janáček’s ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’, a joint production with the University of Music in Saarbrücken, and with parts in Georg Friedrich Haas’s ‘Bluthaus’, Maurice Ravel’s ‘L’Enfant et les Sortilèges’, and Edvard Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt’.
Elena Harsányi has been awarded the first prize on a number of occasions in different categories of the national youth music competition Jugend Musiziert. Currently, she holds a scholarship from the Bischöfliche Förderung Cusanuswerk, the Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken Stiftung, the Richard-Wagner-Verband, and the Junge Musiker Stiftung. She has also received young-artist prizes from the Bruno-Frey-Stiftung and the Julius-Langenbach-Stiftung. At the 2015 Rhine-Ruhr International Lied Duo Competition, she was awarded the Engelbert Humperdinck Special Prize jointly with Toni Ming Geiger.
Elena Harsányi has gained important musical inspiration from various master classes, for example with Ingeborg Danz, Gerhild Romberger, Olaf Bär, Josef Protschka and in 2015 at the Deutsche Liedakademie in Trossingen.
At the Stuttgart Bach-Akademie, she sang the soprano solo in J.S. Bach’s ‘Magnificat’ with the Gächinger Kantorei and the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart. In 2014 she sang the solo part in ‘Pulcinella’ by Igor Stravinsky at a charity concert given by members of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. In December 2016 she toured with the acclaimed brass ensemble Das Rennquintett. In addition, lieder recitals form a central feature of her artistic activity. She has given a number of these at the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Schumann Fest Bonn.