Irina Gordei’s voice – noble and with dark and languid overtones – also ‘acted out’ the depth of Amelia’s emotions <in Giuseppe Verdi's opera Un ballo in maschera>, her mental anguish and the conscious felling of being doomed.
The ensemble of soloists led by Irina Gordei as Abigaille <in Giuseppe Verdi's opera Nabucco> was very well-rounded, as if they had been made for each other. Irina Gordei succeeded not only in depicting Verdi’s ‘savage soprano’ with technical ease, and she also convincingly reinvented herself as a bitchy avenger. It is voices and roles such as these that explain why Europe has been mad about opera for four centuries now.
Prize-winner at the International Viñas Competition (Barcelona, Spain, 1993).
Born in Belarus. Graduated from the Belarus Academy of Music in 1991 and was invited to join the Moscow Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre and subsequently the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 1999.
Her repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Liza (The Queen of Spades)
Lady Macbeth (Macbeth)
Amelia (Un ballo in maschera)
Leonora (La forza del destino)
Elisabeth de Valois (Don Carlo)
Floria Tosca (Tosca)
Butterfly (Madama Butterfly)
Her repertoire also includes the roles of Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), Nedda (I pagliacci) and the soprano role in Verdi’s Requiem.
In 1995 she made her debut at the Teatro Comunale (Florence) as Amelia in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera. In 1996 she performed the same role at the Wiener Staatsoper. She made her Washington Opera debut in 2002 as Lady Macbeth (Macbeth). She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the same role in 2003, also performing in Graz as Liza (The Queen of Spades) and in Helsinki as Elisabeth de Valois (Don Carlo). In 2004, she made her debut at the Ljubljana Opera House (Slovenia) as Aida and at Warsaw’s Opera Narodowa as Tosca. In 2005 she performed the role of Turandot in Puccini’s eponymous opera at the opera houses of Warsaw, Paris, Munich, Gelsenkirchen and London. The same year she sang as Aida (Aida) and Abigaille (Nabucco) at the Teatr Wielki and as Lisa (The Queen of Spades) in Baden-Baden.
She has taken part in festivals in Mikkeli (Finland), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Tel Aviv (Israel) and Solothurn (Switzerland).
She tours regularly with the Mariinsky Opera Company and also independently to Great Britain, Italy, the USA, Austria, Finland, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Japan, China, France, Switzerland, Poland, Slovenia and Cyprus. She appears at the world’s great opera houses, among them theatres in Tokyo, Milan (La Scala), Baden-Baden, London (the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), New York (Metropolitan Opera), Graz, Mikkeli, Washington (Kennedy Center), Tel Aviv, Beijing, Birmingham, Eilat, Helsinki, Solothurn, Vienna, Florence, Ravenna, Warsaw, Ljubljana, Paris, Munich, Gelsenkirchen, Toulouse and Boston.
She has worked with such renowned conductors as Valery Gergiev, Plácido Domingo, Michel Plasson, Semyon Bychkov, Janos Acs, Arthur Fagen and Jacek Kasprzyk, stage directors including Andrei Konchalovsky, Charles Roubaud, Zhang Yimou and such singers as Giuseppe Giacomini, Renato Bruson, Nicola Martinucci and Dennis O’Neill.