Elle​ ​Valera,​ ​soprano,​ ​is​ ​covering​ ​the​ ​title​ ​role​ ​and​ ​singing​ ​the​ ​role​ ​of​ ​Pousette​ ​in​ ​Opera​ ​Santa​ ​Barbara’s upcoming​ ​production​ ​of​ ​​Manon.​ ​​Elle​ ​was​ ​a​ ​LA​ ​District​ ​Winner​ ​and​ ​Western​ ​Region​ ​Finalist​ ​for​ ​The Metropolitan​ ​Council​ ​Auditions​ ​last​ ​Fall,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​a​ ​recent​ ​2017​ ​fellowship​ ​student​ ​with​ ​The​ ​Aspen Music​ ​Festival,​ ​where​ ​she​ ​covered​ ​the​ ​roles​ ​of​ ​Feu,​ ​Princesse,​ ​and​ ​Le​ ​Rossignol​ ​and​ ​sang​ ​in​ ​the​ ​chorus​ ​of L’enfant​ ​et​ ​les​ ​sortilèges.​ ​​

In​ ​previous​ ​years,​ ​Elle​ ​was​ ​an​​ ​​Apprentice​ ​Artist​ ​with​ ​Central​ ​City​ ​Opera​ ​where she​ ​performed​ ​the​ ​roles​ ​of​ ​Madame​ ​Herz​ ​in​ ​​The​ ​Impresario​​ ​and​ ​Sarah​ ​in​ ​​The​ ​Ballad​ ​of​ ​Baby​ ​Doe​,​ ​taking home​ ​Central​ ​City’s​ ​McGlone​ ​Guild​ ​Award​ ​for​ ​outstanding​ ​performance.​​ ​​Elle​ ​is​ ​a​ ​former​ ​OSB​ ​Mosher Studio​ ​Young​ ​Artist,​ ​having​ ​covered​ ​the​ ​roles​ ​of​ ​Donna​ ​Anna​ ​and​ ​Donna​ ​Elvira​ ​for​ ​the​ ​2015​ ​production of​ ​​Don​ ​Giovanni.Elle​ ​attended​ ​UCLA​ ​on​ ​a​ ​full​ ​scholarship​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Graduate​ ​Opportunity​ ​Fellow​ ​and​ ​received​ ​her​ ​Master’s degree​ ​in​ ​music​ ​from​ ​The​ ​Herb​ ​Alpert​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Music​ ​in​ ​2014.​ ​While​ ​attending​ ​UCLA,​ ​she​ ​sang​ ​Donna Anna​ ​in​ ​​Don​ ​Giovanni,​ ​​the​ ​title​ ​role​ ​in​ ​​Il​ ​Segreto​ ​di​ ​Susanna,​ ​​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​a​ ​central​ ​role​ ​in​ ​a​ ​staged production​ ​of​ ​Handel’s​ ​​L’Allegro,​ ​il​ ​Penseroso​ ​ed​ ​il​ ​Moderato​.​ ​

Elle​ ​was​ ​additionally​ ​selected​ ​as​ ​the soprano​ ​soloist​ ​in​ ​Mahler’s​ ​Fourth​ ​Symphony​ ​with​ ​the​ ​UCLA​ ​Philharmonia,​ ​and​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​perform regularly​ ​across​ ​Southern​ ​California​ ​as​ ​a​ ​soloist,​ ​most​ ​recently​ ​in​ ​conjunction​ ​with​ ​The​ ​Getty​ ​and Hammer​ ​Museums,​ ​and​ ​Symphony​ ​Irvine.Ms.​ ​Valera​ ​holds​ ​a​ ​Bachelor​ ​of​ ​Music​ ​from​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​California,​ ​Irvine​ ​and​ ​is​ ​the​ ​recipient​ ​of several​ ​awards,​ ​including​ ​The​ ​2016​ ​Pasadena​ ​Opera​ ​Guild​ ​Young​ ​Artist​ ​Award​ ​and​ ​The​ ​Encouragement Award​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Los​ ​Angeles​ ​Metropolitan​ ​Council​ ​Auditions​ ​in​ ​2014.​ ​


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