Interview

Where do I come from
Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia.
Why do I sing?
When I sing, I feel my whole being, my soul. Singing makes my life colorful and often brings me to laughter or to tears. Through music, I travel to different worlds, and singers travel in their lives a lot anyway. Therefore, one is always standing on a different stage with a different audience. Because of this, one has the possibility to share emotions and notes with different people.
And what do I like apart from singing?
I like spending intensive time and interesting moments with people who are dear to me. Hiking, camping, reading books, or just taking my bike off in search of tiny adventures.
My own personal musical highlight?
Singing the title role of Paul Hindemith’s “Sancta Susanna” in my stage exam at the University of the Arts Berlin.
My motto?
Enjoy what you have now, and be happy that not all of your dreams have been fulfilled yet.

Biography

The soprano Elene Khonelidze grew up in Tbilisi, Georgia. In her hometown, she attended the music secondary school and studied for three years at the the national conservatory.

Between 2013 and 2017 she studied at the University of the Arts Berlin in the studio of Prof. Julie Kaufmann and received her bachelor’s degree in music.

At the University, she sang in many concerts and stage projects, including in “crossover” performances with the musical theater department.

She is a scholarship recipient of the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science, the Paul Hindemith Society in Berlin, and of the Ad Infinitum Foundation of the DAAD.

She has attended master classes with Anita Rachvelischvili and Prof. Snežana Stamenković.

Starting in the winter semester of 2017, Elene Khonelidze continues her studies toward a master’s degree in Music Theater/Opera Singing at the Theater Academy August Everding in Munich in the voice studio of Prof. Christiane Iven.