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Elena Tal made her debut at the Victoria International Festival in British Columbia, where she studied voice with her first teacher, Gaelyne Gabora; but voice wasn’t her first instrument: learning the violin at the age of three, Elena Tal has literally grown up with music. Mrs. Tal also began to study the piano at the age of four, and has been playing ever since. Mrs. Tal went on to attend Carnegie Mellon’s musical theater program during the summer of 1995. Upon falling in love with the world of opera, she studied opera with Carol Mastrodomenico at Tufts University, where she graduated with Honors.
Interested in learning about the business side of the arts, Mrs. Tal interned at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Press Office and for Allied Advertising - a public relations firm for major motion picture corporations. After graduating from college, Mrs. Tal worked as a publicist for M.L. Falcone, Public Relations in New York, while studying with Cynthia Hoffmann, Chair of the Vocal Arts Department of The Juilliard School. During the summers, Mrs. Tal studied privately with Carol Richardson at the Hochschule für Music in Hannover, Germany, and attended and performed at the Italian International Music Festival Centro Studi Italiani in Italy.
Mrs. Tal has also performed in opera workshops with New York’s La Selva and Crittenden, and acting workshops with the esteemed Sande Shurin Acting Studios in New York City. In New York, she studied the Alexander Technique, Ballet and Jazz. Mrs. Tal has performed as soloist with the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic Orchestra and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. She has performed on tour throughout the United States in solo recitals at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center (AL), the Marcus JCC (TN), the Paramount Theater (TN), the Annapolis Music Festival (MD), and the Heifetz International Music Institute (NH). She has also performed in Master Classes with such renowned artists as Pamela Frank, Yehuda Hanani, Ruth Laredo, and Patrick Swayze. The opera that she has sung include Pamina in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Juliette in Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette,” Fraulein Silberklang in Mozart’s “Impresario,” and Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.” She has also performed roles, including Annie in “Annie,” Hodel in “Fiddler On The Roof” and Liesl in “The Sound Of Music.” Mrs. Tal has performed nationally, across the US, in Canada and in Europe, and aboard England’s QE2. She was the “Voice of Space” in The Voyager Spacecraft Documentary for A&E Television Networks, and made her movie debut in a Hollywood film, with award-winning movie star Patrick Swayze, in which she plays a young opera student.
Now exclusively sharing her gift of voice with women around the world through concerts, recitals and lectures, including being a featured performer on The Dobby Show, Here: Happenings for Jewish Women, Voices For Meir Panim, Elite and Rise, and the Baltimore Women's Orchestra, to name a few, and with a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance with Carmen Balthrop from the University of Maryland College Park School of Music, Elena Tal heads the Tal Voice Studio of Baltimore, open to all voice types. Her packed studio is not only limited to Baltimore, but she also has online students she teaches in different states and in other countries. She regularly gives Voice master classes and workshops at schools and summer programs, including Shira Girls Talent Camp, Tizmoret Shoshana, and ATARA Association for Torah and the Arts. She is also on the faculty of Bais Yaakov of Baltimore, where she teaches their first-ever professional Voice Classes. Elena Tal resides in Baltimore with her husband and children.