• Recipient of the Audience Award and special Culturarte Prize at the Operalia competition (Guadalajara, Mexico, 2016)
• Prize-winner at the Competizione dell’Opera (Linz, Austria, 2014, 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the II International Rachmaninoff Vocalists' Competition (Rostov on Don, 2013, 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the IV International Georgy Sviridov Chamber Singing Competition (Kursk, 2011, 3rd prize)
Born in Lesnoy, Sverdlovsk Region. Graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire (class of Larisa Rudakova). Trained at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Centre under Makvala Kasrashvili.
Since 2014 she has been a soloist of the State Primorsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (now the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre).
Elena made her Mariinsky Theatre debut as Salome at the premiere of new production in February 2017, immediately thereafter she became a member of the Mariinsky Opera Company.
For the role of Salome she was awarded the Onegin Russian opera prize and St Petersburg's most prestigious theatre prize the Golden Sofit.
Since the Operalia competition in 2016 the singer has been a much sought-after guest performer at opera houses in Europe and the USA. She has made her debuts with the Finnish National Opera and the Opéra National de Paris (Tatiana in Eugene Onegin), the Boston Lyric Opera (Tosca in the eponymous opera), the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin (Mimì in La Bohème), the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (Leonora in Il trovatore), the Bayerische Staatsoper (Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer) and the Metropolitan Opera (Sister Angelica in Suor Angelica) among other famed theatres.
In the summer of 2019 Elena Stikhina made her debut at the Salzburg Festival, singing the title role in Cherubini’s opera Médée.
The singer’s most recent engagements include appearances at the Semperoper in Dresden (Leonora in La forza del destino), De Nationale Opera in The Netherlands (Cio-Cio-san in Madama Butterfly), the Opéra National de Paris (La forza del destino and Prince Igor) and the Grand Théâtre de Genève (the title role in Aida).
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Tatyana (Eugene Onegin)
Kuma (The Enchantress)
Lisa (The Queen of Spades)
Yaroslavna (Prince Igor)
Leonora (La forza del destino)
Mimì (La bohème)
Floria Tosca (Tosca)
Cio-Cio-san (Madama Butterfly)
Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica)
Senta (Der fliegende Holländer)
Repertoire also includes: the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Violetta (La traviata), Micaëla (Carmen), Zemfira (Aleko), Olga (The Story of a Real Man) and the title roles in Iolanta and among others.