Born in Lesnoy, Sverdlovsk Region. Graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire (class of Larisa Rudakova). Trained at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Centre under Makvala Kasrashvili.
Since 2014 she has been a soloist of the State Primorsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (now the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre).
Elena made her Mariinsky Theatre debut as Salome at the premiere of new production in February 2017, immediately thereafter she became a member of the Mariinsky Opera Company.
For the role of Salome she was awarded the Onegin Russian opera prize and St Petersburg's most prestigious theatre prize the Golden Sofit.
Since the Operalia competition in 2016 the singer has been a much sought-after guest performer at opera houses in Europe and the USA. She has made her debuts with the Finnish National Opera and the Opéra National de Paris (Tatiana in Eugene Onegin), the Boston Lyric Opera (Tosca in the eponymous opera), the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin (Mimì in La Bohème), the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (Leonora in Il trovatore), the Bayerische Staatsoper (Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer) and the Metropolitan Opera (Sister Angelica in Suor Angelica) among other famed theatres.
In the summer of 2019 Elena Stikhina made her debut at the Salzburg Festival, singing the title role in Cherubini’s opera Médée.
The singer’s most recent engagements include appearances at the Semperoper in Dresden (Leonora in La forza del destino), De Nationale Opera in The Netherlands (Cio-Cio-san in Madama Butterfly), the Opéra National de Paris (La forza del destino and Prince Igor) and the Grand Théâtre de Genève (the title role in Aida).
Tatyana “Eugene Onegin” Tchaikovsky
Maria “Mazepa” Tchaikovsky
Kuma “The Enchantress” Tchaikovsky
Lisa “The Queen of Spades” Tchaikovsky
Yaroslavna “Prince Igor” Borodin
Elettra “Idomeneo” Mozart
Leonora “La forza del destino” Verdi
Nedda “Pagliacci” Leoncavallo
Mimì “La bohème” Puccini
Floria Tosca “Tosca” Puccini
Cio-Cio-san “Madama Butterfly” Puccini
Suor Angelica “Suor Angelica” Puccini
Senta “Der fliegende Holländer” Wagner
Salome “Salome” Strauss
Countess “Le nozze di Figaro” Mozart
Violetta “La traviata” Verdi
Micaëla “Carmen” Bizet
Zemfira “Aleko” Rachmaninov
Olga “The Story of a Real Man” Prokofiev
Iolanta “Iolanta” Tchaikovsky
Desdemona “Otello” Verdi
Donna Elvira “Don Giovanni” Mozart
Norma “Norma” Bellini
Aida “Aida” Verdi
Sieglinde “DIE WALKÜRE” Wagner
Soprano “War Requiem” Britten
Soprano “Symphony No. 9” Beethoven