On the Couch with Elena Perroni

WAO-Elena-Perroni-photo-by-Rebecca-MansellWho is Elena Perroni?
Perth born and raised soprano. Daughter to Italian parents, youngest of four children. Grew up in a sleepy ocean-side suburb, moved to the USA to pursue my dream of a career on stage. My early music influences were shaped by the Italian folk music and classic artists my parents would always play before being drawn in by the operatic art form after watching my first live opera La sonnambula at West Australian Opera.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Take the time to enjoy the small special moments of the journey while working towards my goals and dreams. I didn’t realise how much can easily pass you by!

Who inspires you and why?
The members of my family. Some of the greatest storytellers including – Dolly Parton, William Shakespeare, Chekhov and Studio Ghibli.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Be generous in my work and always try and be kind towards and understanding of those around me.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
In general any where with a unique landscape or a place I get to learn and experience a new culture. My favourite place I have explored so far is the vast, diverse landscapes of North and South America.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The Southwest region it’s a combination of beautiful beaches, forest and good food/wineries!

What are you currently reading?
I’m rereading Marcus Aurelius Meditation.

What are you currently listening to?
Dolly Parton greatest hits on repeat and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.

Happiness is?
Feeling connected to the people I love.

What does the future hold for you?
Performances of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with West Australian Opera and my Carnegie Hall debut in June singing Schubert’s Mass in G major.

Elena stars in the titular role in West Australian Opera’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth: 6 – 9 April 2022. For more information, visit: www.waopera.asn.au for details.

Image: Elena Perroni – photo by Rebecca Mansell