• Prize-winner at the Valeria Barsova Vocalists’ Competition (Sochi, 2008 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the Concours international de chant de Toulouse (2012, 2nd Grand-prix);
• Finalist at the Operalia competition (Verona, 2013)
• Prize-winner at the Francisco Viñas International Singing Contest (2014, 4th prize and special prize to the best performer of Russian Music)
• Prize-winner at the Hans Habor Belvedere Competition (Düsseldorf, 2014, 1st prize)
In 2009 Irina Churilova graduated from the Novosibirsk State Glinka Conservatoire (class of Zinaida Didenko). Has taken part in master-classes given by Diane Zola and Montserrat Caballé and trained under Enza Ferrari.
From 2008 to 2018 was a soloist at the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Made her Mariinsky Theatre debut in 2013, appearing as Marguerite in the premiere of a new production of Faust. Since then she has regularly appeared in St Petersburg. Has sung in Mariinsky Theatre premieres of the operas The Queen of Spades (2015), Simon Boccanegra (2016) and I vespri siciliani (2017). For the role of Liza in The Queen of Spades she received a nomination for Russia's Golden Mask theatre prize.
Joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2018.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Tatiana (Eugene Onegin)
Liza (The Queen of Spades)
Princess Olga Tokmakova (The Maid of Pskov)
Vera Sheloga (The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga)
Tsaritsa Militrisa (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Fevroniya (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya)
Princess Urusova (Boyarina Morozova)
Leonora (Il trovatore)
Elisabeth de Valois (Don Carlo)
Elena (I vespri siciliani)
Amelia (Un ballo in maschera)
Leonora (La forza del destino)
Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra)
soprano solo in Requiem by Verdi
Mimì (La bohème)
Adriana (Adriana Lecouvreur)
Princess Elisabeth (Tannhäuser)
Repertoire also includes: Norma (Norma), Agnès Sorel (The Maid of Orleans), Zemfira (Aleko), Katya (The Passenger), Musetta (La bohème), Nedda (I Pagliacci), soprano solo in Britten’s War Requiem, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, Mahler’s Symphonies No. 2 and No. 4, Bernstein’ s Mass, Shostakovich’s Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok and Mussorgsky’s The Nursery.
Irina Churilova has taken part in on-tour performances of the Mariinsky company in Baden-Baden (The Queen of Spades), Tokyo (Don Carlo), Shanghai (The Queen of Spades), Rome and Hamburg (Iolanta), Munich, Berlin, Lucerne (Iolanta), and Pamplona (Mahler’s Symphony No. 2).
As a guest soloist she also performs at the Bolshoi Theatre. In 2012 she was invited by Montserrat Caballé to take part in her anniversary concert at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
In the 2016-17 season she made her debuts as Norma at the Oper Graz and as Aida at the Arena di Verona festival.
In the 2018–19 season Irina Churilova appeared as Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) at the Teatro Regio di Parma and Grand Théâtre de Genève.