The role of Carmen is a dream for many singers, but in order to be able to perform it well it is not just vocal difficulties that must be overcome, you must, in addition, possess good acting skills. Mariinsky Theatre soloist Zlata Bulycheva has all of these qualities. Unfettered, passionate and with a very fine mezzo-soprano voice, Zlata enchanted the audience.
Zlata Bulycheva also proved herself to be an acclaimed mistress of her art, coping with Stravinsky’s complex tessitura and rhythmic inventions, and she succeeded in creating an operatically vivid image, while at the same time she did not go beyond the demands of that certain severity of the oratorio style and the idea of the plot and the character.
• Prize-winner at the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 1999, 4th prize)
• Prize-winner at the II International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition (St Petersburg, 1998, 3rd prize)
• Prize-winner at the II International Pechkovsky Opera Singers' Competition (St Petersburg, 1996, 1st prize)
Zlata Bulycheva was born in Petrozavodsk. She graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 1995 (class of Professor Iraida Levando), continuing as a post-graduate student at the Conservatoire (class of Professor Kira Izotova). She trained at the Stuttgart Academy of Music. Zlata Bulycheva has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Opera Company since 1996.
Her repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Vanya (A Life for the Tsar)
Ratmir (Ruslan and Lyudmila)
Amelfa the Housekeeper (The Golden Cockerel)
Konchakovna (Prince Igor)
Boyarynya Morozova (The Oprichnik)
Lel (The Snow Maiden)
Lyubasha (The Tsar's Bride)
Jocasta (Oedipus Rex)
Princess Marya, Sonya (War and Peace)
Preziosilla (La forza del destino)
Princess Eboli (Don Carlo)
Anna, Didon (Les Troyens)
The Princess (Suor Angelica)
Mezzo-soprano (stage version of Verdi's Requiem)
Ascanio (Benvenuto Cellini, in concert)
Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust)
Dalila (Samson et Dalila)
Idamante (Idomeneo, rè di Creta)
Erda (Das Rheingold, Siegfried)
Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande)
and Mistress Bentson (Lakmé).
Zlata Bulycheva's concert repertoire includes cantata-oratorio works by Bach, Pergolesi, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Berlioz, Wagner, Mahler and Prokofiev.
Zlata Bulycheva has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company in Europe, the USA, South America and Japan.
Her recordings include Musorgsky's Boris Godunov and Prokofiev's Love for Three Oranges (with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev, Philips Classics).