Elena Somarè is nothing short of an Italian national treasure. She began whistling opera arias when she was only 6 years old, and she has been doing so ever since.
Whistling comes naturally to Somarè, much like speaking does for mere mortals. Yet for a long time, her whistling remained a hobby, and Somarè led a successful career in as a professional photographer and documentary filmmaker. Her phenomenal musical talent remained hidden until a chance meeting with renowned harpist Lincoln Almada, who challenged and encouraged her to share her unique gift with the world.
Whistling has often been viewed as the exclusive domain of showmen and virtuosi. Yet Somarè brings this particular instrument to the highest interpretative levels, freeing it from the prejudice that saw it confined to pure virtuosic performance.
Today, she enchants audiences across the planet. Her engagements have taken her from Rome to Vienna, Seoul, and New York, to name just a few of the cities that have had the fortune of welcoming this one-of-a-kind artist.
Elena Somarè’s repertoire includes Italian and Latin American music accompanied by piano, cello, harp, guitar, viola da gamba, and bandoneon. She has recorded 2 CDs: Incanto, a collection of Italian arias and Neapolitan songs; and Aliento, an album of Argentine and Cuban classics.