Elena Razlog is a professional opera singer, a UBC Opera graduate and an engaged artist with Vancouver Opera. Elena also received training in Garment Design and Costume History, and in parallel with her performing career, she designs and creates costumes for opera and theatrical productions. Elena was engaged and is re-invited to assist with projects in Costume Departments of Vancouver Opera and UBC Opera. Among Elena’s significant work as a costume creator are the opera productions "Eugene Onegin", "Midsummer Night's Dream", "Eine Nacht in Venedig" (UBC Opera); assistance on the productions “Dead Man Walking” and “Le Nozze di Figaro” (Vancouver Opera). As a costume designer, she contributed to many thematical concerts and musical productions, among which are "Silver Era", "Opera, Salut!", "Nostalgia" by the Vancouver event agency Ad Libitum Entertainment. Elena's current focus from the costume design perspective is Dolce & Belcanto opera show, in partnership with Melanie Krueger.
Elena’s new collection of opera concert gowns “FABric of OpERA” is a tribute to the beautiful world of Opera, with a touch of nostalgia to the fabulous era of extravagant costumes and glamourous evening gowns – a concept inextricably tied to this classical form of art. The gowns designed by Elena address not only the visual side of the character portrayal, but the “technical” specifics important to singers: ability of the costume to allow for a deep breathing, support and quick change – the core design principles of the garments. Each piece is a portrayal of the famous heroine from the world classics such as Dalila from “Samson et Dalila” by C. Saint-Saëns, Lakmé (“Lakmé” by L. Delibes), Cornelia (“Giulio Cesare”, F. Handel), Ninon (“Violet of Montmartre”, by E. Kalman), Ariadne (“Ariadne auf Naxos”, R. Strauss), Silva (“Silva”, by E. Kalman), Mary Crawford (“Mansfield Park” by J. Dove). The power of the right concert gown should not be underestimated: it is a great tool that helps an artist to immediately transform into a character and at the same time, submerge an audience into a certain opera scene in seconds. The collection “FABric of Opera” is where the Haute Couture of Fashion meets Haute Couture of Opera advocating for their timeless beauty.