The Russian soprano, Elena Bryleva [Brylëva], completed in 1986 her studies at the Moscow Conservatoire (Nina Dorliak's class). She won 1st prize at the 1985 International Competition of Singers in the Netherlands.
In 1988, Elena Bryleva made her Bolshoi Theatre debut in the role of the Queen of Shemakha (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel). From 1988 to 1991, she was a soloist with the Moscow State Academic Philarmonia. In 1991, she became a Bolshoi Theatre soloist. Now she appears at the Bolshoi Theatre as guest soloist. Her repertoire at At the Bolshoi theatre include: Violetta (La Traviata), Prilepa (The Queen of Spades), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia),Antonida (Glinka’s Ivan Susanin),Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Title role (N. Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden), Marfa (N. Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar’s Bride), Nannetta (Falstaff), The Queen of the Night (W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte).
Elena Bryleva tours a lot abroad. She was a soloist with Deutsche Oper am Rhein where she sang the following parts: Norina (Don Pasquale), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Sandrina (W.A. Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera), Gilda (Rigoletto), Nedda (Pagliacci), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Elvira (L’Italiana in Algeri), Olimpia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Asteria (Tamerlano), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor). She has taken part in productions of Die Zauberfloete (the Queen of the Night) and Berio’s Outis (Samantha) at La Scala. Her other foreign appearances include: Samantha at Theatre du Chatelet, the Queen of Shemakha at Opera de Nice, the Queen of the Night with Opera Nantes, Vienna State Opera and Cologne Opera, Gilda (Rigoletto) at Oslo Opera (Norway).
She took part in Milano Musica Festival, in Ruhr Triennale, in The Sheremetiev Seasons Festival in Moscow. She has appeared with solo concerts in Japan. In 2004, she took part in a performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana in Eindhoven (the Netherlands). In 2005, she took part in a concert performance of Igor Stravinsky's Le Rossignol in Copenhagen (conductor Alexander Vedernikov). In 2008, she sang Olga in a concert performance of Dargomyzhsky’s Rusalka at the Cologne Philarmonia (conductor Michail Jurowski).
Recordings include: Artyomov’s Requiem, conductor Dmitri Kitaenko (Boheme Music); J.S. Bach's Cantata
BWV 201 Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde, conductor Vladimir Ziva (1987); N. Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel - the Queen of Shemakha, conductor Evgeny Svetlanov (1988); N. Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night — Pannochka, conductor Alexander Lazarev (Capriccio, 1997); Sergei Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableau, etc. Alexander Melnikov (piano) (Harmonia Mundi, 2008).