3 October 2023
The theatre as a singer of the role of Elektra who quite simply masters this feat from beginning to end (despite the fact that the opera is short and is performed without an interval. It is Larisa Gogolevskaya, the renowned Isolde in Dmitry Chernyakov’s Tristan, the stunning Stepmother in the recent Jenůfa here. Elektra quite simply proved to be her gala performance. And, of course, it is not just the strength, timbre and staying power of her voice, but also her amazing gift for tragedy thanks to which the mere presence alone of this bold and essentially anti-glamorous singer on stage electrifies everything around her.
In the Mariinsky Theatre’s extensive Wagnerian repertoire, Larisa Gogolevskaya sings all the powerful roles, but we have never seen her like this before. She appeared as a stylish and aristocratic European woman in whom the inner strength, forged by her steely intellect, burns with an icy flame. She truly resembles Bergman’s Nordic heroines.
You have to take your hat off to the performer of the role of Isolde: Larisa Gogolevskaya, one of those rare Russian singers whose voice holds true Wagnerian colours
• Honoured Artist of Russia
• Recipient of Russia's national Golden Mask theatre prize for the role of Isolde in the opera Tristan und Isolde and for the role of Elektra in the opera Elektra ("Best female role in opera", 2006 and 2007)
• Recipient of St Petersburg's most prestigious theatre prize the Golden Sofit for the role of Elektra in the opera Elektra ("Best role in musical theatre", 2007)
Larisa Gogolevskaya was born in Arkhangelsk and studied at the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of Professor Iraida Levando). Larisa Gogolevskaya has been a Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 1991.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Yaroslavna (Prince Igor)
Renata (The Fiery Angel)
Katerina Ismailova (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk)
Cassandre (Les Troyens)
Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer)
Isolde (Tristan und Isolde)
Brünnhilde (Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung)
Barak’s Wife (Die Frau ohne Schatten)
Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw)
In 1999, role Larisa Gogolevskaya sang the part of Renata (The Fiery Angel) at La Scala (Milan), and in 2008 she appeared as Isolde in a new production of Tristan und Isolde at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall (Stage Director: Peter Sellars; Production Designer: Bill Viola).