• Prize-winner at the Elena Obraztsova International Young Opera Singers’ Competition (1st prize, 2007)
• Prize-winner at the Montserrat Caballé International Opera Singers’ Competition in Zaragoza (1st prize, 2008)
• Prize-winner at the Three Centuries of Classical Romance All-Russian Competition of Chamber Vocal Duets (2004)
• Prize-winner at the St Petersburg All-Russian Opera Singers’ Competition (2007)
Yekaterina Goncharova is a graduate of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire where she studied with Galina Kiselyova. From 2009 to 2012 she was a soloist with the St Petersburg Conservatoire Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 2008 she appeared in a concert performance of the opera Carmen under the baton of Mariss Jansons as Micaëla. In October 2010 she made her debut at the Philharmonie in Cologne in a concert with Montserrat Caballé. In the 2011–2012 season she made her Mariinsky Theatre debuts as Tatiana (Eugene Onegin) and Micaëla (Carmen). Has toured throughout Russia, Spain and Poland (in a production of the opera War and Peace by the Mariinsky Theatre at the Warsaw State Opera).
Yekaterina Goncharova joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2012.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Natalia (The Oprichnik)
Tatiana (Eugene Onegin)
Princess Olga (The Maid of Pskov)
Fevroniya (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya)
Natasha Rostova (War and Peace)
First Speaking Woman (The Lefthander)
Violetta Valéry (La traviata)
Elena (I vespri siciliani)
Mimì (La bohème)
Concert repertoire: Princess Urusova (Boyarina Morozova), Eve (The Creation), soprano role in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem.
Repertoire also includes: Marfa (The Tsar’s Bride), Agnès (The Maid of Orleans), Genoveva (Genoveva), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann).
She sang the main women's parts at the Mariinsky premieres of Faust, Otello, Eugene Onegin (directed by A. Stepanyuk), War and Peace (directed by G. Vic), and The Oprichnik.
Yekaterina Goncharova was the first singer in Russia to perform Cleopatra and the Serpent by Rodion Shchedrin (2012, Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre). Later she participated in the world premiere of his opera Lefthander (2013) and the first Mariinsky performance of Boyarina Morozova, a choral opera by the composer (2014).
In 2016, Yekaterina Goncharova debuted at the Savonlinna Opera Festival as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello and sang Tatiana in Eugene Onegin and Natasha in War and Peace on tour in East Asia with the Mariinsky company. She also has toured Russia, Spain and Poland.