V0106. ELENA NIKOLAIDI, w.Jan Behr (Pf.): Songs by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Schumann & Brahms, recorded 1950; w.Cleva Cond.: Arias from Semiramide, Don Carlos & Macbeth, recorded 1949; w.Leopold Ludwig Cond.: Arias from Euryanthe, Carmen, Ballo & Il Trovatore, Broadcast Performances, 1943; w.Mitropoulos Cond. NYPO: Elektra – Ich will nichts hören, Live Performance, 1949. (Austria) Preiser 89566. - 717281895668
“Elena Nikolaidi was a noted Greek-American opera singer and teacher. Nikolaidi sang leading mezzo-soprano roles with major opera companies worldwide and made numerous recordings. She made her début with orchestra in Athens in a performance conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos. Her first stage appearance was in the premiere of THE GHOST BRIDGE by Theophrastos Sakellaridis.
In 1936, Nikolaidi traveled to Vienna to compete in the Belvedere vocal competition. She placed fourth but earned a second hearing with the great conductor Bruno Walter, which resulted in her being cast as Princess Eboli in Verdi's DON CARLOS with the Vienna State Opera on16 December, 1936. She became a star in Vienna; after one performance as CARMEN she received an ovation reported as being between 15 and 30 minutes in length—the longest ever recorded there. In 1948, Nikolaidi came to the United States with her husband and their son. She made her Town Hall début recital in New York in 1949. The following morning, Jerome D. Bohm of THE NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE wrote: ‘In 20 years of music reviewing and in twice that number spent in listening to most of the world's best singers, I have encountered no greater voice or vocalist’; THE NEW YORK TIMES critic wrote of her ‘rare brilliance’. She made her American operatic début as Amneris in Verdi's AÏDA with the San Francisco Opera and reprised the role for her Metropolitan Opera début in 1951, alongside the debut of George London. In the early 1960s she retired from opera but continued concertizing extensively for a number of years.”
- Ned Ludd