Eliane Coelho is regarded as one of the most versatile and interesting artists, whose repertoire ranges from Mozart to belcanto, verismo and to the dramatic German Fach.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, she first studied architecture and took private singing lessons at the same time. She continued her vocal training in Hannover in Germany. First engagements made her obtain a very large and varied repertoire of lyric and coloratura parts, from Mozart's Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Rossini's Fiammetta in Il Turco in Italia, Donizetti's Norina in Don Pasquale, Verdi's Violetta in La Traviata, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, to Strauss’ Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Zdenka in Arabella, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Berg's Lulu.
Her engagement at the opera Frankfurt slowly lead her to more dramatic parts like Marie in Smetana's The Bartered Bride, the title role in Dvořák's Rusalka, Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, Mimì in Puccini‘s La Bohème, Saffi in Strauß’ Der Zigeunerbaron and Tatiana in Tschaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.
In 1991, she made her debut at the Vienna State Opera, where she interpreted practically all the roles of her current repertoire since: the title heroines in Strauss's Salome and Arabella, Mozart's Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Elettra in Idomeneo, Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, Verdi's Aida, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Desdemona in Otello, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Lina in Stiffelio, Elvira in Ernani, Elena in I vespri siciliani, Lady Macbeth, Abigaille in Nabucco, the title roles in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Tosca as well as Mimì in La Bohème, Liù in Turandot, Giorgetta in Il tabarro, Hanna Glawari in Lehár's The Merry Widow, Giulietta in Offenbach's Les contes d’Hoffmann, Dame in Hindemith's Cardillac, Giordano's Fedora and Maddalena in Andrea Chénier, Margherita and Elena in Boito's Mefistofele and Salomé in Massenet's Hérodiade.
Under the baton of Zubin Mehta, she achieved a triumphal success at the Vienna State Opera as Hélène in a new production of Verdi's Jérusalem.
Numerous performances in past years lead her to the following theatres: Bavarian State Opera Munich (Elettra in Idomeneo, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Strauss‘ Salome), Scala di Milano (Madama Butterfly), Megaron Athens (Elena in Verdi's I lombardi and I vespri siciliani), Zürich (Andrea Chénier and Fedora), Aix-en-Provence (Elettra in Idomeneo), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Tosca), State Opera Berlin (Salome, Madama Butterfly and the title role of Turandot), Stockholm (Aida and Strauss‘ Arabella), Rio de Janeiro (Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and La Bohème), Tokyo (Salome, The Merry Widow), Dresden (Salome, Aida), State Opera Hamburg (Madama Butterfly), St. Gallen (title role in Turandot), Bucharest (role debut in the title role of Ponchielli's La Gioconda), Frankfurt (Salome) to Vienna State Opera (Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Tosca, Nabucco and a revival of Jérusalem) as well as and to Opéra Bastille in Paris, Welsh National Opera und Amsterdam with Salome.
1998 she was honoured with the title "Kammersängerin" in Vienna.
In June 2005, she interpreted Strauss's Vier letzte Lieder with Vjekoslav Šutej and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and in October 2005 she gave a very successful role debut as Bellini's Norma in St Gallen. In May 2006, she was acclaimed for her scenic role debut as Ponchielli's La Gioconda in Manaús.
The 2006/2007 season included her role debut as Katerina Ismailova in Shostakovitch’s Lady Macbeth from Mzensk in Manaús, La Gioconda in Sao Paolo, Lina in Stiffelio in a concert performance for the Romanian Radio in Bucharest, operatic concerts in Basel and in Manaús, a concert with French orchestra songs in Rio de Janeiro as well as a gala performance at the Bucharest State opera of Tosca.
The year 2008 started with an important role debut: The title role in Puccini's Manon Lescaut in Bucharest, where she also sang Amelia in a gala performance of Simon Boccanegra in March 2008.
Engagements during the 2009/2010 season included a gala concert at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Mahler's Rückert-Lieder in concert in Rio de Janeiro, Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire in Rio, Schönberg's Erwartung in Belo Horizonte in Brazil in October 2009, Ioan Holender's Farewell gala at the Vienna State Opera as well as Villa Lobos's opera Yerma in Manaus in May 2010.
Eliane Coelho is also a regular guest at the great concert platforms, for example with Verdi's Messa da Requiem (Vienna Musikverein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv), Dvořák's Stabat Mater or Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été. In May 2008, she sang a Lieder recital in the Moscow Conservatory, which was broadcast live on Russian TV, a Puccini-Gala concert in Arad featuring excerpts from almost every Puccini opera in November 2008 as well as a Richard Strauss concert in Rio in September 2008.
In 2011 Eliane Coelho gave her role debuts as Lucrezia Contarini in Verdi's I due Foscari in Bucharest and as Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in Manaus. She also returned to Rio de Janeiro as Abigaille in Nabucco.
Performances in 2012 included Tosca in Manaus (Teatro Amazonas) and her role debuts as Brünnhilde in Götterdämmerung in Sao Paolo and as Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos by Strauss) in Rio de Janeiro. She also sang Schumann's Dichterliebe in Como (Italy) and a concert tour with Strauss and Rachmaninov songs in Russia.
Among her performances in 2013 were her first Sieglinde in Die Walküre in Sao Paolo, Abigaille in Nabucco in Freiburg, Leonora in Il Trovatore in Belem and Cherubini's Medea in Rio de Janiero.
In August 2014 she returned to one of her signature roles: Salome at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro.
In July 2015 she interpreted a concert with Ravel's Shéhérazade and the final scene from Salome at the Sala Minas Gerais, Brazil and in November 2015 she sang Jocasta in Oedipus Rex in Sao Paulo.
Engagements in 2016/17 include her role debut as Kostelnicka in Jenufa in Rio de Janeiro and Turandot in Belem.