• Prize-winner at the International Lisitsian Competition (Vladikavkaz, 2004)
• Prize-winner at the International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (St Petersburg, 2004 and 2008)
• Prize-winner at the VII International Moniuszko Vocal Competition (Warsaw, 2010).
Gelena Gaskarova was born in Leningrad. In 2008 she graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of Tamara Novichenko). In 2001 she was accepted into the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers. Gelena appeared as a guest soloist with the Latvian National Opera and the Mikhailovsky Theatre.
Her repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Tatiana (Eugene Onegin)
Kupava (The Snow Maiden)
Oxana (Christmas Eve)
Francesca (Rachmaninoff“s Francesca da Rimini in concert)
Natasha (War and Peace)
First Lady (Die Zauberflöte)
Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte)
Lucrezia Borgia (Lucrezia Borgia in concert)
Mimì (La bohème)
Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi)
Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann)
Rusalka (Dvořák’s Rusalka)
Flower Maiden (Parsifal)
Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady)
Her repertoire also includes:
Musetta (La bohème), Violetta (La traviata), Marguerite (Faust), Maria (Mazeppa) and Lidochka (Moscow, Cheryomushki).
In 2009 she made her debut as Tatiana (Eugene Onegin) at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, where she also performed the title role in the opera Iolanta in 2010.
The same year, she performed the role of Tatiana at the Salle Pleyel.
In 2013 she performed the title role in the opera Iolanta at the Opéra-Théatre de Metz Métropole and in Nancy (France), as well as the role of Tatiana (Eugene Onegin) at the Savonlinna Festival.
At the Mariinsky Theatre in 2014 she performed the role of Tatiana in a new production of Eugene Onegin conducted by Valery Gergiev.
In 2014 she made her debut as Maria (Mazepa) at Konzertgebaw under the baton of Alexander Vedernikov.
Together with Larisa Gergieva she has appeared in concerts in Vienna, Florence, Venice, Rome and Paris.