A delight; vivacious and mischievious, with a glorious voice to match... her comic talents really shone”
— Oxford Times (Cosi fan Tutte) 2015
fun, sassy, sexy Musetta... the acting is excellent
— Broadway World (La Boheme) 2015
subtle, alive, theatrical soloist... subtle in her shading of words
— Classical Music Magazine (Mrs Lazarus) 2009
Despina - Grimeborn (Cosi fan Tutte - Mozart) Photo by Robert Workman

Despina - Grimeborn (Cosi fan Tutte - Mozart) Photo by Robert Workman


Danae Eleni is a young lyric soprano, who enjoys performing a range of repertoire, from Baroque, through Classical and Romantic, to Jazz and Music Theatre and Contemporary Classical Collaborations. Equally at home on the operatic stage and the recital platform, Danae has most recently performed in Singapore, London, Berlin, Oxford and Bahrain.

with Enrico Bertelli (The Arrival of the Beat Box - Kelvin Thomson)

with Enrico Bertelli (The Arrival of the Beat Box - Kelvin Thomson)


A dedicated ambassador for contemporary repertoire, Danae often collaborates with composers and directors to devise new pieces of Music and Theatre. She is in the process of recording an album dedicated to works which are unaccompanied or accompanied by solo non-keyboard instrument.

Radio interview at Pakeman Primary School

Radio interview at Pakeman Primary School


Danae is delighted to work with fellow performers of all ages to encourage new ways of approaching singing. Danae's Science and Maths background inspires her to constantly search for links between Science/Maths and Music, developing links with Professors in both fields, and occasionally coaching Science and Maths also. Danae also enjoys recommending colleagues to potential collaborators for the benefit of Art and Science. 

Danae Eleni Biography


Born in Bahrain, British/Greek soprano Danae Eleni studied at the Royal College of Music and Oxford University. Danae is a young lyric soprano with coloratura facility who enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire. Danae made her Purcell Room debut (London) in 2009 in the world premiere of Mrs Lazarus, a solo opera by Tim Benjamin with Radius Ensemble. Other premieres include: Nirmali Fenn’s Psychotic Episode [ISIS ensemble], Guy Newbury's Adria and Kelvin Thomson’s Bee and The Silence of the Bees: A Science Opera. Danae was soprano in residence for the 2nd international composer/performer conference in Athens, and explored the benefits of collaboration between composers and performers in the writing and rehearsal processes.

In addition to operatic premieres by Tim Benjamin, Joy Sigaud, Kelvin Thomson, Christopher Meux and Quentin Thomas, Danae's other operatic roles include Musetta [Opera 24]Gariné [Grimeborn Festival], Despina [Metta Theatre + Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra] Adina [Brent Opera], Pamina [Metta Theatre], Despina [Grimeborn Festival], Gretel at the King’s Head Theatre; the title role of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges [Open Door Opera]; Micaela + Frasquita Carmen [Random Opera + Opera in Concert]; Lucy The Telephone in a Vodafone store and on tour [Opera Anywhere]; Suor Genovieffa Suor Angelica [Giornata Opera]; Zerlina Don Giovanni [CarteBlancheOpera] and Emilia Marco Attilio Regolo [Ensemble Serse].

As a concert artist, Danae has performed in St George’s, Hanover SquareSt John’s Smith SquareSouthwell MinsterHolywell Music Room and numerous college chapels (Oxford), Cardiff, Edinburgh, Berlin, Athens, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Equally at home on the recital stage Danae has discovered and recorded songs by Greek composers Samaras and Spathis, and also sings many Lieder and Melodie, most recently by Berg, Chausson, Hahn, Maconchy, Poulenc, Ravel, Riadis, Satie, Schumann.

A recent recital tour in Berlin with organist Sam Baker, premiered works by Howard Blake, Richard Moore and Sam Baker, alongside Vierne's Les Angelus and a programme derived from English and New Zealand folksongs for the Mendelssohn Remise.

Earlier this year Danae made her debut with the Oxford Philomusica at the New Theatre, Oxford, singing the role of Despina opposite Donald Maxwell’s Don Alfonso. In the Summer she sang the title role inworld premiere of Gerald Papasian’s translation of Dikran Tchouhadjian’s Armenian Opera Gariné, and Musetta for the Grimeborn Festival. She has just returned from the Inaugural Opera Sark Festival, performing alongside Yvonne Howard, Mark Llewelyn-Evans, Jassy Husk, Christopher Diffey, Claire Filer and Liz Rowe.

As an educator, Danae has run workshops and animateured for various schools in London and Oxfordshire, and assisted on a year 6 project with Garsington Opera Education. This Autumn Danae taught students in preparation for their inaugural concert and led masterclasses and workshops at Yale-NUS University in Singapore.



Recital at Yale-NUS Photograph by Fabien Chareix

Recital at Yale-NUS Photograph by Fabien Chareix

Musetta; Adina, with Belcore (Ian Helm) 

Musetta; Adina, with Belcore (Ian Helm) 

Finale of Gariné - Dikran Tchouhadjian (Directed by Gerald Papasian) Photograph by Robert Workman

Finale of Gariné - Dikran Tchouhadjian (Directed by Gerald Papasian) Photograph by Robert Workman

Danae Eleni Soprano Repertoire List November 2015

Danae Eleni Soprano Repertoire List November 2015

Danae Eleni Soprano Repertoire List November 2015

Danae Eleni Soprano Repertoire List November 2015

Danae Eleni Soprano Repertoire List November 2015

Danae Eleni Soprano Repertoire List November 2015

new sound and video clips coming soon


Live Performance of "Adieu! Notre petite table" - Massenet with Victor Ong for a recital funded by Saga College and the Yale-NUS Singer's Guild (by the invitation of Nirmali Fenn and Rector Sarah Weiss) Recorded by Eddie Ong.

Live Performance of "Im Zimmer" - Alban Berg with Guy Newbury for the Munster Square Music Recital Series 2014

Live Performance of Kelvin Thomson's "The Arrival of the Beatbox" with Enrico Bertelli (bodypercussionist) Filmed in 2011 

Guy Newbury's "Adria" and "O Ombre Vane" - accompanied by Guy Newbury.
Recorded by Kimon Pallikaropoulos in Rugby 2014.



Gariné (Gariné) Grimeborn Festival - Arcola Theatre

"Danae Eleni (Gariné) impressed in her lovely entrance aria, her attractive soprano dusky in its lower register" - Mark Pullinger (Bachtrack)

"actress Danae Eleni gives a more serious and convincing performance as Gariné, sincerely depicting the plight of a young lady who wants to act despite her father’s disapproval" - Josephine Ababio (ayoungertheatre)

"Danae Eleni delivered the title role with winning conviction" - Mark Valencia (whatsonstage)

musetta (La Boheme) grimeborn festival - arcola theatre

"Danae Eleni acted out Musetta’s contrasting roles as both café flirt and Mimi’s loyal friend very well" - Tim Hochstrasser (britishtheatre)

"a convincingly sexy Musetta" - Owen Davies (playstosee)

"a sassy, sexy Musetta... the acting is excellent" - Gary Naylor (broadwayworld)

Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte) metta theatre/oxford philharmonic orchestra - new theatre, oxford

"The real scene-stealers, though, were Danae Eleni’s feisty Despina and Donald Maxwell’s wily Alfonso. Eleni was a delight; vivacious and mischievous, with a glorious voice to match, and her comic talents really shone when she was disguised as a notary" - Nicola Lisle (oxfordtimes)

"Eleni exemplified Despina’s irrepressible spirits with a sparkling performance, not milking the comedy of her disguises as the doctor and the notary any more than necessary " - Curtis Rogers (seenandheardinternational)

"the highlight of this performance must be the humour injected by the characters of Despina (Danae Eleni) and Don Alfonso (Donald Maxwell)" - S. Mitchell (oxfordculturereview)

Olive (Possession!) tete á tete festival - central st martin's

"Saklatvala and Eleni both give committed performances in which Saklatvala’s acting impresses, while Eleni’s voice is warm and smooth" - Charlotte Valori (bachtrack)

Despina (cosi fan tutte) opera 24 - arcola theatre

"The performance was highly amusing in places, particularly Danae Eleni who plays a farcical crystal healer and a Scottish registrar as well as her main role as a shrewd and vengeful maid" - Tamara Stanton (playstosee)

"Danae Eleni (Despina) shows off her range and the supported power of her voice through her different disguises" - Belle Lupton (belletells)

Scientist (The silence of the bees: A science opera) kelvin thomson

 "the performers were absolutely amazing, particularly Danae Eleni representing ‘the Scientist" - Liz (thepoddelusion)

Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) Open Door Opera - King's Head theatre

"This is an intimate opera house, so we’re close enough to count the stitches in Gretel’s knitting. The major strength of this production is the casting and direction of the title roles. Laura Kelly’s Hansel is a sulky boy, a reluctant dancer at first; Danae Eleni’s domestic Gretel chides and cajoles him. The dance sequence, so often twee and tedious, is full of fun and character here. They both sing their roles beautifully, their two voices, carefully tempered to the tiny venue, blend well. And they act every second of the score – gobbling strawberries, scoffing marshmallows, licking up the cream, sharing a broomstick to fly off home at the end." - Michael Gray (thepublicreviews)

Mrs Lazarus (Mrs Lazarus) Radius Ensemble - Purcell Room

"subtle, alive, theatrical soloist... subtle in her shading of words" - Andrew Stewart (ClassicalMusicMagazine Dec 2009)


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