Mairam Sokolova


Mezzo-soprano

Mariinsky Theatre Guest Soloist

• Prize-winner at the VI International Opera Singing Competition Ravello Città della Musica (Italy, 2010)
• Recipient of a special prize at the Riccardo Zandonai International Competition for Young Opera Singers (Riva del Garda, Italy)

Mairam Sokolova (Ustian) graduated from Irkutsk State University and the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (class of Zurab Sotkilava). Has taken part in masterclasses given by Elena Obraztsova, Irina Bogacheva, Makvala Kasrashvili, Nina Terentieva, Mietta Sighele, Veriano Luchetti, Diane Zola and Gloria Borelli. Guest soloist with the Mariinsky Opera since 2013, where she made her debut as Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco.

Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Young Boy (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya)
Polina (The Queen of Spades)
Agrafena Alexandrovna (Grushenka) (Smelkov’s The Brothers Karamazov)
Death (Le Rossignol)
Sonetka (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk)
Fenena (Nabucco)
Siébel (Gounod’s Faust)
Herodias’ Page (Salome)
Mlle Dangeville (Adriana Lecouvreur)
Gipsy Matryosha (War and Peace)

Her repertoire also includes the roles of Vanya (A Life for the Tsar), Princess Eboli (Don Carlo), Lel (The Snow Maiden), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Nenila (The Enchantress), Mother Superior and Fortune-teller (The Fiery Angel), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Third Nymph (Dvořák’s Rusalka), mezzo-soprano part in Verdi’s Requiem.

She performed the title role in Bizet’s opera Carmen in Tokyo, Sapporo and Kyoto in 2011. The same year she performed the role of Death in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol (Le Rossignol et autres fables staged by Robert Lepage) at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, while in 2012 there came the role of the Young Boy in The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya.

In 2013 she performed the role of Konchakovna (Prince Igor) followed in 2014 by the role of Azucena (Il trovatore) at venues in France (Limoges and Reims), the role of Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride) at the festival Stars of the Mariinsky Theatre in Samara and the role of Venus (Tannhäuser staged by Timofey Kulyabin) at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 2018 she took part in the premiere performance of Alexander Raskatov’s opera GerMANIA, based on Heiner Müller’s works, at the Opéra de Lyon (Dame 3, Frau Kilian). Also appeared at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Latvian National Opera, Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet and Moscow’s Helikon-Opera.
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