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Maria Litke

Maria Litke

Maria Litke graduated cum laude from the Vocal Department of the Rimsky-Korsakov Musical College in 1999 and from the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 2005. She made her debut as Marguerite in Gounods Faust at the Conservatoire Musical Theatre, where she was a soloist in 20042006. In 2006, she joined the Mikhailovsky Opera. At the Mikhailovsky Theatre, she performed leading soprano parts in Tchaikovskys Eugene Onegin, Kalmans Silva, Bizets Carmen, Gounods Faust, and the stage version of Verdis Requiem (productions by Stanislav Gaudasinsky). Here she also performed Tatiana in Eugene Onegin staged by Vasily Barkhatov and Mimì in Puccinis La Bohème staged by Arnaud Bernard and Robert Carsen. Since 2007, she has taken parts in Japan tours of the Mikhailovsky Opera performing Micaëla in Carmen and the soprano part in Beethovens Symphony No. 9. With the Company, she also took part in the Belarus Christmas Festival with Verdis Un ballo in maschera (Amelia) under the baton of Peter Feranec. She has participated in the concert performances of Carmen (Micaëla) under the baton of Vasily Petrenko, Mozarts Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira) under the baton of Mikhail Tatarnikov, and Rimsky-Korsakovs Snow Maiden under the baton of Dmitri Jurowski. With Mikhail Tatarnikov, she also recorded Iolanta.

In 2010, she was invited to the Liceu Theatre as a cover for Lisa (Tchaikovskys Queen of Spades). In 20122014, she performed the part of Tatiana (Eugene Onegin) in the Musa Cälil Theatre in Tatarstan and Pushkin Opera and Ballet Theatre in Nizhny Novgorod. In 2013, she performed Cassandra and Athena in the première of the full version of Taneyevs Oresteia at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts (New York, USA). In 2014, this production was nominated for the International Opera Awards.

Maria Litke has perfromed with Vasily Sinaysky, Daniele Rustioni, Peter Feranec, Mikhail Tatarnikov, Dmitri Jurowski, and other renowned conductors, as well as with Vladimir Chernov, Elena Obraztsova, José Cura, Neil Shicoff, Badri Maisuradze, Giuseppe Varano, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, and other famous singers. She has a wide concert répertoire and performs with the Russian Chamber Orchestra and leading organists of St Petersburg and Moscow. Her professional awards include a great number of prizes for Russian and international vocal competitions.

Nowadays, at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, she performs leading soprano parts in the operas by Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Jacques-François-Fromental-Élie Halévy, Antonín Dvořák, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

  • 3rd Prize for the International Vocal Competition (Ningbo, 2014)
  • Two nominations for the Golden Soffit St Petersburg Highest Theatre Award (The Foreign Princess in Rusalka, 2010; Mimì in La Bohème, 2011)
  • 1st Prize for the National Vocal Competition St Petersburg
  • Prize for the Rachmaninoff International Vocal Competition
  • Diploma for the Lidia Abramova International Student Vocal Competition Bella voce
  • Diploma for the Elena Obraztsova International Competition for Young Singers
  • Prize for the International Competition of Vocal and Piano Duets Three centuries of Classic Romance
  • 1st Prize and Special Prize for the Youngest Participant for the 13th International Iris Adami Corradetti Competition (Italy)
  • Expectations of Russia Award for Youth
  • St Petersburg Government Award for Youth
  • Diploma of the St Petersburg Government for Contribution to Culture

Maria Litke on the Chinese soul and vocal technique

Maria Litke, a soloist at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, has won the International Vocal Competition in Ningbo, a contest supported by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China.




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