• People's Artist of Russia
• Prize-winner and Holder of a Special Award for Best Soprano at the Francesco Viñas International
Competition (Barcelona, Spain, 1987)
• Prize-winner at the Glinka All-Union Vocalists Competition (Moscow, 1984)
• Diploma-winner at an International Vocalists Competition (Italy, 1986)
Kondina was born in Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg). She graduated from the Ural State Conservatoire in violin studies (class of Professor
Gashinsky) in 1982, and in solo singing (class of Professor Rodionova)
In 1982. From 1983 to 1985 she continued her studies as a postgraduate
at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatoire in Moscow (class of Professor
Arkhipova). Olga Kondina has been a leading soloist at the Mariinsky
Theatre since 1985.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Lyudmila (Ruslan and Lyudmila)
Ksenia (Boris Godunov)
Prilepa (The Queen of Spades)
Sirin (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia)
The Queen of Shemakha (The Golden Cockerel)
The Nightingale (The Nightingale)
Ninetta (The Love for Three Oranges)
Florid Lady (The Gambler)
Anastasia (Peter I)
Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Norina (Don Pasquale)
Maria (La fille du régiment)
Maria Stuarda (Maria Stuarda)
Violetta (La traviata)
Oscar (Un Ballo in maschera)
Voice from Heaven (Don Carlo)
Mimi (La bohème)
Genevieve (Suor Angelica)
Leila (Les pêcheurs de perles)
Zerlina (Don Giovanni)
The Queen of the Night and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte)
the Magical Maid Klingsor (Parsifal)
singer's extensive chamber repertoire includes a number of solo
programmes of works by French, Italian and German composers. Olga
Kondina has also performed the soprano parts in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Bach's St Matthew Passion and St John Passion, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Verdi's Requiem, and Mahler's Symphony No. 9.
Kondina has toured with the Mariinsky Theatre and independently in
Europe, America and Japan; she has performed at the Metropolitan Opera
in New York and at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
is a member of the jury of a number of international singing
competitions (including the "Three Centuries of the Classical Romance"
International Festival-Competition and the William Stenhammar
International Music Competition), and is a lecturer in the singing
class at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire in St Petersburg. For two years she has been in charge of the Department of the History and Theory of Vocal Art.
Kondina's pupils include: Yulia Novikova, a prizewinner at
international competitions and a soloist at the Bonn Opera Theatre;
Olga Senderskaya, a prizewinner at international competitions; Andrey
Zemskov, a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre's Academy for Young Opera
Singers and a visiting student at the Strasbourg Opera Theatre; Yelena
Vitis, winner of a diploma at an international competition and a soloist at the "Zazerkalye" Children's Music Theatre; and Yevgeny
Nagovitsyn, a soloist with the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company.
Olga Kondina performed the role of Gilda in Viktor Okuntsov's film of the opera Rigoletto (1987), and also took part in the recording of the music for Sergey Kuriokhin's film "The Designer" (1999).
The singer's discography includes the CD recordings Russian Classical Romances (1993), Sparrow Oratorio: The Four Seasons (1993), Ave Maria (1994), Reflections (1996, with the Andreyev Academic Russian Orchestra), Ten Brilliant Arias (1997) and Unique baroque music (with Erik Kurmangaliev, conductor Alexander Rudin).