As a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, native Bulgarian Elena Lacheva was involved in the preparation and performance of Wagner's Das Rheingold, Weinberg's The Passenger, Verdi's Aida, and Il trovatore, Kern's Showboat and Puccini's La Boheme; and performed extensively with the Studio singers in recitals in Texas and Louisiana. Elena completed her collaborative piano studies with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in 2012 and that summer she was an apprentice coach in the Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera Center, working on Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco and participating at the Schwabacher Summer Concerts. She was a répétiteur and coach for Verdi's Falstaff at the University of Michigan School of Music, and was a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center. Elena has performed internationally in solo and chamber music concerts in Berlin, Germany and Reykjavík, Iceland. In 2012 she appeared in the Musical Bridges Across the World recital series in San Antonio. Elena has collaborated in Stravinsky’s Renard with the Mark Morris Dance Group at Tanglewood Music Center and Ravel’s The Spanish Hour during OPERAFEST at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, and has performed Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra at age nineteen.