6 October 2022
Oxana Shilova’s Susanna dazzled with crystal-like timbre of this coloratura soprano. There was a sensation of déjà vu, as if we were facing another Anna Netrebko.
The even, rich, resilient and warm coloratura soprano can learn with ease styles that differ in the extent of their complexity with the same degree of accuracy and taste – from classical opera to operetta.
• Prize-winner at the Stanislaw Moniuszko International Competition in Warsaw (1st prize, 2007)
• Prize-winner at the III International Elena Obraztsova Competition (1st prize, 2003)
• Prize-winner at the International Opera Singers' Competition in Geneva (2nd prize and special prize for best performance of a French work, 2003)
• Prize-winner at the V International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singer's Competition in St Petersburg (2002)
In 2000 Oxana Shilova graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, having become a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers in 1999. Joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2007.
She made her Mariinsky Theatre debut in 2002 as Despina (Così fan tutte).
Roles performed at the Mariinsky Theatre include:
Ludmila (Ruslan and Ludmila)
Xenia (Boris Godunov)
Swan Princess (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Tsarevna (Kashchei the Deathless, in concert)
Golden Cockerel (The Golden Cockerel)
Ninette (The Love for Three Oranges)
Louisa (Betrothal in a Monastery)
Ilia (Idomeneo, re di Creta)
Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro)
Donna Anna, Zerlina (Don Giovanni)
Despina (Così fan tutte)
Pamina (Die Zauberflöte)
Madame Cortese (Il viaggio a Reims)
Adina (L’elisir d’amore)
Norina (Don Pasquale)
Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Violetta (La traviata)
Mrs Alice Ford (Falstaff)
Musetta (La bohème)
Sister Genovieffa (Suor Angelica)
Ascagne (Les Troyens)
Leïla (Les Pêcheurs de perles, in concert)
Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann)
Freia (Das Rheingold)
Helmwige (Die Walküre)
Klingsor’s Flower Maiden (Parsifal)
Naiad (Ariadne auf Naxos)
Guard of the Entrance to the Temple (Die Frau ohne Schatten)
Belinda (Didon et Enée in concert)
Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
In concerts, Shilova has performed solos in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore (KV 339) and Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento (KV 243), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, as well as in Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate, romances of Russian and foreign composers.
She has collaborated with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Pablo Heras-Casado, Plácido Domingo, Michael Güttler, Vasily Petrenko, Nikolaj Znaider, Tugan Sokhiev, Fabio Mastrangelo, Konstantin Orbelyan, Mikhail Tatarnikov, and Yuri Bashmet.
Oxana Shilova’s Violetta won her the Theatre-Goer Award of the St Petersburg Theatre-Goers Society (2016). She has performed the role multiple times at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia in Francesca Zambello’s production. The singer partnered on stage with Plácido Domingo (Giorgio Germont) for the performance of La traviata at the Stars of the White Nights festival in 2018.
Oxana Shilova has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company throughout Russia and abroad, also performing recitals in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Italy, Norway, Slovakia, Finland, France, and the United States. She took part in a production of Shostakovich’s operetta Moscow, Cheryomushki at the Opéra de Lyon. In 2006, Shilova appeared as Lucrezia in I due Foscari at the Dutch National Touring Opera in Enschede, while in the 2008/2009 season she was invited to perform the role of Madame Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims, which went on to be performed in Reims, Montpelier, Avignon, Bordeaux, Toulouse, and Marseille).