• Diploma recipient at the International Rimsky-Korsakov Opera Singers’ Competition (1994, St Petersburg).
Nadezhda Vassilieva was born in Kazakhstan. She studied at the conducting and choral faculty of the Leningrad Institute of Culture. Graduated from the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 1984 (class of Professor Barinova). She was a soloist with the Sverdlovsk Opera and Ballet Theatre from 1984-1986, where she performed the roles of the Angel (The Demon), Marina Mnishek (Boris Godunov), Siebel (Faust), Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride) and Olga (Eugene Onegin). Carried out an assistantship with Professor Kovaleva at the St Petersburg Conservatoire from 1991-1993.
Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 1993.
Roles she has performed at the Mariinsky Theatre include:
Ratmir (Ruslan and Lyudmila)
Fekla (The Marriage)
Hostess of the Inn, Xenia’s Nurse (Boris Godunov)
Zakharievna (The Oprichnik)
Sister-in-Law (May Night)
Bobylikha (The Snow Maiden)
Solokha (Christmas Eve)
Petrovna (The Tsar’s Bride)
Babarikha (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Kashcheyevna (Kashchei the Immortal)
Alkonost (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia)
Amelfa (The Golden Cockerel)
Old Gypsy Woman (Aleko)
Death (Le Rossignol)
Smeraldina (The Love for Three Oranges)
Fortune-Teller, Nun (The Fiery Angel)
Duenna (Betrothal in a Monastery)
Sonetka (Katerina Ismailova)
Vasilisa the Elder, Maura Kuzminichna (War and Peace)
The Snow Queen, Grandmother (The Story of Kay and Gerda)
Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Zita (Gianni Schicchi)
Siegrune (Die Walküre)
Grandmother Buryja (Jenůfa)
She has appeared in premiere performances of productions of The Tale of Tsar Saltan and Kashchei the Immortal (1993), Ruslan and Lyudmila and The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia (1994), Katerina Ismailova (1995), Betrothal in a Monastery (1996), Gianni Schicchi (2003), The Snow Maiden (2004) and Christmas Eve (2009).
She has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company and independently to Germany (Hamburg Opera), Italy, Spain, Japan, the USA, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Great Britain and Israel. With the Kazan Theatre of Opera and Ballet she has toured to Great Britain, appearing in the role of Amneris (Aida).