For Irina Mataeva the role of Jenůfa is, without doubt, groundbreaking. As an actress and as a singer, in this role the singer Mataeva was unbelievably organic – to a great degree it is to her that the performance owed its success.
In terms of the degree of passion, the beauty and the magnificent vocal powers Irina Mataeva, who performed the role of Tatiana, is truly unsurpassed. Moreover, Irina Mataeva, who has exceptional skills as a dramatic actress as well as brilliant vocals, can charm any audience without having to run to cheap superficial effects.
• Prize-winner at the VI International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers (St Petersburg, 2000)
• Prize-winner at the All-Union Yuri Gulyaev Opera Singers’ Competition (Tyumen, 1997)
• Recipient of the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg’s most prestigious theatre prize, for the role of Jenůfa in the opera Jenůfa (nominated for the category “Best female role in musical theatre, 2007)
• Recipient of the audience approval prize from the Teatral society for the role of Tatiana in the opera Eugene Onegin (St Petersburg, 2003)
Irina Mataeva was born in Tyumen. In 1999 she graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. She took part in performances by the Opera and Ballet Theatre of the St Petersburg Conservatoire. From 1998 she was a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers.
Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 2007.
Roles she has performed at the Mariinsky Theatre include:
Polovtsian Maiden (Prince Igor)
Xenia (Boris Godunov)
Tatiana (Eugene Onegin)
Prilepa (The Queen of Spades)
Olga Tokmakova (The Maid of Pskov)
Cook (Le Rossignol)
Sofia (Semyon Kotko)
Louisa (Betrothal in a Monastery)
Natasha Rostova (War and Peace)
Gerda (The Story of Kai and Gerda)
Serpina (La serva padrona)
Lisa (La sonnambula)
Mimì (La bohème)
Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi)
Amour (Orfeo ed Euridice in concert)
Micaëla, Mercédès (Carmen)
Concepción (L’Heure espagnole)
Barbarina, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro)
Zerlina (Don Giovanni)
Despina (Così fan tutte)
Ilia (Idomeneo, rè di Creta)
Klingsor’s Flower Maiden (Parsifal)
Helena (A Midsummer Nights Dream)
Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande)
Voice of the Falcon (Die Frau ohne Schatten)
The singer’s repertoire also includes soprano roles in Mozart’s Requiem and Mahler’s Fourth and Seventh Symphonies.
Irina Mataeva has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to Finland, China, Great Britain (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Germany, Italy (Teatro alla Scala), the USA (Metropolitan Opera) and Austria. She has performed the role of Prilepa (The Queen of Spades) in Los Angeles and the roles of Micaëla ( Carmen) and Prilepa (The Queen of Spades) at the Washington Opera (conducted by Plácido Domingo). In 2003 she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Tatiana ( Eugene Onegin), in 2007 she performed the role of Natasha Rostova ( War and Peace) at the Metropolitan Opera, repeated at Washington’s Kennedy Center in 2010. At the Opéra de Marseilles she performed the role of Vanina in Tomasi’s opera Sampiero Corso in 2005. At the Bunka Kaikan concert hall in Tokyo under Seiji Osawa in 2008 she performed the role of Tatiana ( Eugene Onegin). In 2009 she performed this role again at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, and again in 2010 at Warsaw’s Teatr Wielki.
She has performed in London, Milan, Bordeaux, Bruges, San Francisco, Buenos Aires (the Teatro Colón), and she has given recitals in London, Baden-Baden and Milan.