• Recipient of the 1st prize at the Open Valeria Barsova Vocalists’ Competition in Sochi (2008);
• Recipient of the 2nd Grand-prix at the Concours International Chant de Toulouse (2012);
• Finalist at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition in Verona (2013);
• Recipient of the 4th prize and Special Award for the best performance of Russian music at the International Francisco Viñas Vocalists’ Competition (2014)
• Recipient of the 1st prize and Audience Award at the Hans Habor Belvedere Competition in Düsseldorf (2014)
Born in Novosibirsk. Graduated from the Novosibirsk State Glinka Conservatoire (class of Zinaida Didenko). Lead soloist with the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre from 2008. In 2011 she took part in master-classes run by Diane Zola (Houston Grand Opera, USA) and Montserrat Caballé (Zaragoza, participant in the final concert) and trained under Enzo Ferraro, a vocals consultant for Maria Callas and for the Teatro alla Scala. In January 2012 she was invited by Montserrat Caballé to take part in her anniversary concert (Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona). In April 2013 under the baton of maestro Valery Gergiev she performed the role of Marguerite as part of the premiere cast of a production of Faust at the Mariinsky Theatre. In June 2013 during the Year of Benjamin Britten she appeared in a performance of War Requiem at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre with John Mark Ainsley and the Royal Northern Sinfonia (Great Britain). In 2014 she performed the role of Tatiana in Yuri Bashmet’s original version of the opera Eugene Onegin at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Since 2014 Irina Churilova has been a guest soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre, making her debut as Agnès Sorel in a concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s opera The Maid of Orleans under the baton of Tugan Sokhiev. Has toured with the Mariinsky theatre to Baden-Baden Festspielhaus in 2015, where she has performed the role of Liza in Tchaikosky’s opera The Queen of Spades. This season she performed the role of Elena in the premiere of the opera I vespri siciliani at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Liza (The Queen of Spades)
Tatiana (Eugene Onegin)
Tsaritsa Militrisa (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Fevroniya (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya)
Leonora (Il trovatore)
Elena (I vespri siciliani)
Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra)
Elisabeth de Valois (Don Carlo)
Mimì (La bohème)
Repertoire also includes: Zemfira (Aleko), Urusova (Boyarina Morozova), Katya (The Passenger), Musetta (La Bohème), Nedda (I pagliacci), Gerda (The Story of Kai and Gerda).