6 April 2020
Liuba Sokolova was born in Chelyabinsk, Russia and graduated from the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, classes with Professor N.A. Serval, in 1993. In the same year she joined the Mariinsky Opera Company as a trainee. In 1995 she completed a post-graduate study at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire (classes with Professor A.N. Kiselev).
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre included:
Vanya (A Life for the Tsar)
Ratmir (Ruslan and Liudmila)
Lyubava, Nezhata (Sadko)
Young Boy (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia)
Olga, Larina (Eugene Onegin)
Yevpraksiya Romanovna (The Enchantress)
The Countess (The Queen of Spades)
Perfilevna, Vlasievna (The Maid of Pskov)
Vlasyevna (The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga)
Death (Le Rossignol)
Babulenka (The Gambler)
Sonetka (Katerina Ismailova)
Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Flora Bervoix (La traviata)
Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera)
Suzuki (Madama Butterfly)
Princess (Suor Angelica)
Anna (Les Troyens)
Erda (Das Rheingold)
Herodias’ Page (Salome)
Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw)
Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Deaconess (Król Roger)
The singer’s repertoire also includes the roles of Tsarevich Fyodor in Boris Godunov, Polina in The Queen of Spades and the mezzo-soprano roles in Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s cantata Moscow and Prokofiev’s cantata Alexandr Nevskiy.
With the Mariinsky Opera Company Liuba Sokolova has toured to Germany, Finland (Savonlinna Festival), Portugal, France, Spain, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Israel, Japan, Italy, the USA (Washington, New York, Los Angeles), and South America.
From 2006 she has taken part in the annual opera festival in Bregenz (Austria), where she has performed the roles of Azucena in Il trovatore, Amneris in Aida, Bronka in The Passenger by Weinberg, Diakonissa in Król Roger by Szymanowski, solo for mezzo-soprano in Britten’s Stabat Mater and Spring Symphony. Among acclaimed international engagements of Liuba Sokolova are Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried (Aalto Theater Essen), Ulrica Arfvidsson in Un ballo in maschera (Theater Sankt-Gallen), Erda in Siegfried, Countess in The Queen of Spades, Waltraute in Götterdämmering, solo in Verdi’s Requiem (all at Latvian National Opera, Riga), Countess in The Queen of Spades (Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg), Charlotte in Werther (Lisbon), Larina in Eugene Onegin (Oper Leipzig), Amneris in Aida (Royal Albert Hall, London), Yvpraksiya Romanovna in The Enchantress (Erfurt), Nurse in Eugene Onegin (Warsaw), Bronka in The Passenger (Chikago).
The singer’s discography includes recordings of the operas Salome, Ivan the Terrible and The Tsar’s Bride (Philips Classics) .Liuba Sokolova is the prize winner of the International Competition in Perm, Russia (1997, 2nd prize).
Recent and upcoming engagements include Erda, Rossweisse and Waltraute (all at Latvian National Opera, Riga and Aalto Theater, Essen), Aida, Verdi’s Requiem, Countess in The Queen of Spades (Macau, China), Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera (St. Gallen), Clytemnestra in Taneyev’s Oresteia (Fisher Center for Performing Arts, USA), Filippyevna in Eugene Onegin (cover, Metropolitan Opera New York), Mate in Arturs Maskats’s Valentina (Riga), Bronca in The Passenger (Lyric Opera Chicago).