Irina Bogacheva


Upcoming performances:
28 April
8 May
Mezzo-soprano

• People's Artist of the Soviet Union
• Recipient of the State Prize of the USSR
• Recipient of the State Prize of the Russian Federation
• International Competition prize-winner

At the Mariinsky Theatre, Irina Bogacheva has created many roles that are now considered masterpieces in opera today. These include Marfa in Khovanshchina, Lyubasha in The Tsar's Bride, Marina Mnishek in Boris Godunov, Carmen in the opera of the same name by Bizet, Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Il trovatore, Eboli in Don Carlo and, of course, the Countess in The Queen of Spades among others.

She has performed the finest roles from her repertoire at the world's most prestigious opera houses including La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Opéra Bastille.

Dmitry Shostakovich composed his series of songs to poetry by Marina Tsvetaeva especially for Irina Bogacheva.

Irina Bogacheva has a huge number of audio and video recordings, and is a professor at the St Petersburg State Conservatoire. Her pupils include Olga Savova, Yuri Ivshin, Natalya Biryukova and Natalia Yevstafieva.

She has received the orders Friendship of the Nations and For Services to the Fatherland IV class, as well as the title Honorary Citizen of St Petersburg.

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