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Elena Negruţă is from the Republic of Moldova. She began singing as a folk artist. At 14, she won first place at the Golden Stork international youth talent festival in Nikolayev, Ukraine. She studied at the Academy of Music, Theater, and Arts in Chişinău, Moldova, where she earned the only folk music scholarship in the country, winning many other national competitions. When she immigrated to the US, she profoundly fell in love with opera and started to study operatic singing when she received a full scholarship to pursue her studies as a Masters in Vocal Performance from the UIUC School of Music. Here at the U of I she discovered not only her artistic abilities as a singer, but also her natural acting skills when she was cast in her first role of Lucy Brown in the Threepeny Opera by Kurt Weill, being praised in The News Gazette for her “effective and appealing singing” which helped create “one of the most dramatic high points” in the show. After finishing her master’s degree, her vocal technique evolved, giving her the flexibility to sing multiple repertoires beginning with baroque (Henry Purcell) to more contemporary operatic music (Menotti, Andre Previn, Igor Stravinsky). She also sang as the soprano soloist in various Masses and cantatas by Mozart, Haydn, and Schubert, including Handel’s Messiah with the Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana and other choirs and ensembles, including the Music Institute Choral in Evanston, Illinois. In Summer 2021 she premiered in the role of the Wicked Witch in the Kingdom of Dreams musical. Recently she was honored with selection to perform live in Savannah, Georgia at the American Traditions Vocal Collection competition. She accepted nomination to serve as president of the Tuesday Morning Musical Club of the 2022-23 season. She continues honing her acting skills, recently performing in the play “Stoplight” at the Station Theater in Urbana.