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Olesya Petrova

Olesya Petrova

Olesya Petrova graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 2008 (class of Irina Bogacheva). She has been a soloist with the St Petersburg Conservatoire Opera Theatre since 2007. There she has performed Marfa in Mussorgskys Khovanshchina, Konchakovna in Borodins Prince Igor, Lel in Rimsky-Korsakovs Snow Maiden, Olga in Tchaikovskys Eugene Onegin, Polina and Countess in Tchaikovskys Queen of Spades, Ioanna in Tchaikovskys Maid of Orleans, the title part in Bizets Carmen, Maddalena in Verdis Rigoletto, and Ulrica in Verdis Un ballo in maschera. She has also performed Lyubasha in Rimsky-Korsakovs Tsars Bride at the Perm Opera and at the Novosibirsk Opera, and Amneris in Verdis Aida in Bangkok.

In the 2011/12 season, she performed Konchakovna at the Zürich Opera House and Ulrica at the Greek National Opera in Athens. In 2013, she took part in an opera gala concert at the Verona Philharmonic Theatre and performed the mezzo-soprano part in Verdis Requiem in Sydney and at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Her engagements in 2014 included Azucena in Verdis Il trovatore at the Hedeland Opera, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Madelon in Giordanos Andrea Chenier, and Marfa in Khowanschina at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Ulrica at the German Opera on the Rhine and at the Greek National Opera, Suzuki in Puccinis Madama Butterfly at the Greek National Opera and Fenena in Verdis Nabucco at the Montreal Opera. In 2015, she performed among others Offenbachs Les contes dHoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera, Verdis Requiem at Théâtre des Chatelet in Paris, Beethovens Missa Solemnis with David Robertson in Sydney and Charlotte in Massenets Werther at the Verdi Theatre in Trieste.

Her future engagements include Verdis Requiem with the Danish Radio Orchestra under the batons of Fabio Luisi and Placido Domingo (Copenhagen, 2017), Federica in Verdis Luisa Miller at the Verdi Theatre in 2016, Emilia in Verdis Otello at the Liceu Theatre (Barcelona, 2016), Amneris in Montreal (2016), Amelfa in Rimsky-Korsakovs Golden Cockerel at the Madrid Royal Theatre (2017). Her répertoire also includes mezzo-soprano parts in Mozarts Così fan tutte, Massenets Cendrillon, and Prokofievs Duenna.

She collaborates with many Russian theatres, concert halls, orchestras, and chamber ensembles and has worked with Valery Gergiev, Leo Kremer, Fabio Mastrangelo, Vladimir Fedoseev, and other renowned conductors. Her concert répertoire includes cantatas and oratorio works by Bach, Pergolesi, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Berlioz, Wagner, Mahler, and Prokofiev.

At the Mikhailovsky Theatre, Olesya Petrova performs mezzo-soprano parts in the operas by Giuseppe Verdi, Pietro Mascagni, Antonín Dvořák, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. In 2016, she performed the Old Gypsy Woman in Rachmaninoffs Aleko in the concert dedicated to the anniversary of Sergei Leiferkus at the Mikhailovsky Theatre. She also performed the mezzo-soprano part in Verdis Requiem.

  • 1st Prize for the Paris International Opera Competition (2012)
  • Participant of the final of the Singer of the World Contest (Cardiff, 2011)
  • 2nd Prize for the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 2007)
  • 2nd Prize for the 1st International Galina Vishnevskaya Vocal Competition (Moscow, 2006)
  • Award and special prizes for the 2nd National Competition of Vocal and Piano Duets Three Centuries of Classical Romance (St Petersburg, 2004)
  • Scholarship Award and Grand Prix for the Hope of Russia Competition (20032004)


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