Irina Dolzhenko

On graduation from the Tashkent State Conservatoire, Irina Dolzhenko joined the Natalia Sats Childrens Musical Theatre in Moscow. Meanwhile, she started to perform at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre in Moscow. She studied with Mietta Sighele and Giorgio Luchetti in Italy and with Régine Crespin in France. She also took classes of acting technique at the State University of New York at Albany.

In 1996, she joined the Bolshoi Theatre. At the Bolshoi Theatre, she performs Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte by Mozart, Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Il trovatore, Fenena in Nabucco, Preziosilla in La forza del destino, Flora in La traviata, Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera and Giovanna in Rigoletto by Verdi, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly by Puccini, the title role in Bizets Carmen, Berta in Rossinis Il barbiere di Siviglia, Adalgisa in Bellinis Norma, Princess de Bouillon in Cileas Adriana Lecouvreur, Marguerite in Berliozs La damnation de Faust, Annina in Strausss Der Rosenkavalier, Margret in Bergs Wozzeck, Ježibaba in Dvořáks Rusalka, Amelfa in The Golden Cockerel, Lel and Spring in Snow Maiden, Lyubasha in The Tsars Bride, and the Old Mother Babarikha in The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Rimski-Korsakovs, Marina Mniszech, the Innkeper and Ksenia Nurse in Boris Godunov and Marfa in Khovanshchina by Mussorgsky, Naina in Glinkas Ruslan and Lyudmila, Laura and Marta in Iolanta, Boyarïnya Morozova in The Oprichnik, Countess, Governess, Polina and Milovzor in The Queen of Spades, Olga and Nurse in Eugene Onegin, Lyubov in Mazeppa, Nenila in The Enchantress by Tchaikovsky, Blanche in Prokofievs Gambler and Grandmother in Banevichs Story of Kai and Gerda and participates in The Fables of the Vixen, the Duckling and Balda. The singers répertoire also includes Mozarts Requiem, Verdis Requiem, Dvořáks Stabat Mater, Pergolesis Stabat Mater, Vivaldis Stabat Mater, Vivaldis Gloria, Taneyevs At the Reading of a Psalm, Prokofievs Alexander Nevsky, Tchaikovskys Moscow, Taneyevs Symphony no. 1, Beethovens Symphony no. 9, and Mahlers Symphony no. 2 among others. In 2013, she was appointed as the Artistic Director of the Krasnoyarsk Opera Theatre.

She has performed at the Vienna Chamber Opera, Sweden Royal Opera, German Opera in Berlin, Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires, New Israeli Opera, Cagliari Opera (Boyarïnya Morozova in The Oprichnik and Mérope in Enescus Œdipe), Bordeaux Opera (Domna Saburova in The Tsars Bride), Châtelet Theatre (Laura in Iolanta), Paris National Opera (Matriosha in Prokofievs War and Peace), Estonian Opera (title role in Carmen), Latvian Opera (Amneris in Aida and Ulrica in Un ballo in macshera). In 2016, she performed Khivrya in Prokofievs Semyon Kotko at the Concertgebouw with the Dutch Radio Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski. In 2019, she sang Amneris at the Macedonian Opera. She participated in the Schönbrunn Festival, Savonlinna Festival, Mozart Festival in France, Jerusalem Festival, Wexford Festival, Stravinsky Festival in Arnhem (Stravinskys Mavra), and Trakai Festival (Un ballo in macshera). The singer gave her recitals in Sigulda and Jūrmala. Irina Dolzhenko has toured to Japan, Corea, Australia, USA, and Europe. The singer cooperated with Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski and other renowned conductors.

Irina Dolzhenkos discography includes Verdis Requiem under the baton of Mark Ermler (2001), Glinkas Ruslan and Lyudmila under the baton of Alexander Vedernikov (Pentatone lassic, 2004), Tchaikovskys Oprichnik under the baton of Gennady Rozhdestvensky (Dynamic, 2004).
  • Special Prize for the USSR Glinka Competition (1981)
  • Title Honoured Artist of Russia (2001)
  • Title Peoples Artist of Russia (2010)
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