8 February 2023
Olga Savova’s sumptuous-voiced, flirtatious Blanche was a classic performance.
Mezzo Olga Savova conveyed with intensity and conviction all Princess Evpraksia’s conflicting emotions, so efficiently depicted by Tchaikovsky’s music. A superb example of vocal acting.
Honoured Artist of the Russia
Olga Savova was born in Leningrad. She graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (vocals faculty, class of Professor Irina Bogacheva) in 1994. She joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 1996.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Marina Mnishek and The Hostess of the Inn (Boris Godunov)
The Angel (The Demon)
Larina, Olga (Eugene Onegin)
Boyarynya Morozova (The Oprichnik)
Princess Evpraksiya (The Enchantress)
Polina (The Queen of Spades)
Spring Beauty (The Snow Maiden)
Solokha (Christmas Eve)
Lyubasha (The Tsar's Bride)
Jocasta (Oedipus Rex)
Death (Le Rossignol)
Blanche, Babulenka (The Gambler)
The Fortune-teller (The Fiery Angel)
Frosya (Semyon Kotko)
Akhrosimova, Hélène, Sonya (War and Peace)
Sonyetka (Katerina Ismailova)
Azucena (Il trovatore)
Preziosilla (La forza del destino)
Eboli (Don Carlo)
Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera)
Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana)
Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde)
Wellgunde (Das Rheingold)
Brünnhilde (Die Walküre)
The Nurse (Die Frau ohne Schatten)
Her repertoire also includes the mezzo-soprano roles in Verdi's Requiem and Berlioz' dramatic legend La damnation de Faust. She has also sung the parts of Eboli (Don Carlo, Tel Aviv, 2006), Laura (Ponchielli's La Gioconda, 2006), Lyubov (Mazepa, Metropolitan Opera, 2006), and Amneris (Aida, Belgium).
Olga Savova has worked with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Bertrand de Billy, Jean-Louis Grinda and Asher Fisch. She has taken part in international music festivals in Mikkeli (Finland) and Rotterdam (the Netherlands), as well as the Moscow Easter Festival. She has toured throughout the world with the Mariinsky Opera Company, performing in Europe (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and La Scala), the USA (Metropolitan Opera, Kennedy Center) and Japan. She has given solo recitals in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, the USA, Japan, China and Israel.
In 2004, she took part in the Mariinsky Theatre's production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Festspielhaus (Baden-Baden). In the 2005-2006 season Olga Savova gave a solo concert of Russian arias in Gran Canaria, and in 2007 she took part in a performance of Boris Godunov at the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles).
Olga Savova has taken part in recordings of the operas The Story of a Real Man and Semyon Kotko with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under Valery Gergiev.