Yekaterina Goncharova


Upcoming performances:
12 September 2019
15 September 2019
18 October 2019
31 October 2019
3 November 2019
2 February 2020
Soprano

• 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).

Born in Novokuznetsk (Kemerovo Oblast). Graduated with distinction from the vocals faculty of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (class of Galina Kiseleva).

From 2009 to 2012 she was a soloist with the St Petersburg Conservatoire Opera and Ballet Theatre.

At the outset of her career, the singer's appearances in a concert performance of the opera Carmen as Micaëla under Mariss Jansons (2008) and her debut at the Kölner Philharmonie in a concert with Montserrat Caballé (2010) were to prove ground-breaking.

In 2011 she made her Mariinsky Theatre debut as Micaëla (Carmen) and then joined the Mariinsky Opera Company.

Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Natalia (The Oprichnik)
Tatiana (Eugene Onegin)
Maria (Mazepa)
Iolanta (Iolanta)
Princess Olga (The Maid of Pskov)
Vera Sheloga (The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga)
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)
Desdemona (Otello)
Mimì (La bohème)
Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica)
Marguerite (Faust)
Micaëla (Carmen)

Concert repertoire: Princess Urusova (Boyarina Morozova), Eve (The Creation), soprano role in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, Henri Dutilleux’s Le temps l'horloge.

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, Othello, Eugene Onegin (directed by A. Stepanyuk), War and Peace (directed by G. Vic), and The Oprichnik.

In 2012 she performed Rodion Shchedrin's Cleopatra and the Serpent, a dramatic scene for woman's voice and orchestra, at the work's premiere in the USA (Memorial Hall of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and in Russia (Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre). Took part in the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin's opera The Lefthander (2013) and the first Mariinsky Theatre performance of the choral opera Boyarina Morozova (2014).

In March 2013 she took part in the gala Music of the White Nights at the Teatro Colón in Buenos-Aires (conducted by Valery Gergiev). In the summer of 2016 she appeared as Desdemona (Otello) at the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Finland). In May 2018 she performed the roles of Zemfira and Francesca in Rachmaninoff's operas Aleko and Francesca da Rimini at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow (Scottish Opera productions). Took part in a series of performances by the Vilnius City Opera, appearing as Marguerite in the opera Faust (2017–2018).

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