Artist of the Month: Ekaterina Semenchuk

On 14 and 19 October mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk will be performing at the Concert Hall and the Mariinsky-II as part of the project Artist of the Month.

Ekaterina Semenchuk, October’s Artist of the Month, has a rich mezzo-soprano voice, strong stage presence, undoubted dramatic talent and charisma and is a lead Mariinsky Opera soloist. In the second half of October, Ekaterina Semenchuk will be presenting rarely performed works for voice and orchestra including Maurice Ravel’s song cycle Shéhérazade (14 October, Concert Hall, conductor – Daniel Smith) and Hector Berlioz’ cantata La Mort de Cléopâtre (19 October, Concert Hall, conductor – Valery Gergiev).

Semenchuk currently enjoys an intense schedule at the world’s leading opera houses: she regularly appears at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London and the Opéra de Paris among other acclaimed venues. In 2005 the singer performed at the marriage of HRH Charles the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Ekaterina’s most recent acclaimed projects include her August debut at the Salzburg Festival as Eboli in Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo (directed by Peter Stein, conducted by Antonio Pappano), an appearance in Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda at the Opera di Roma, Antonín Dvořák’s Requiem with the Orchestre de Paris under James Conlon and Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida at the Berliner Staatsoper. In late October Ekaterina Semenchuk will be appearing with the Mariinsky Opera at the Konzerthaus in Vienna where she will perform the role of Didon in a concert version of Hector Berlioz’ Les Troyens as well as the solo in his cantata La Mort de Cléopâtre.

“Ekaterina Semenchuk’s operatic career leaves no doubts – this mezzo-soprano holds the well-deserved position of a leader of her generation within the Mariinsky Opera... It is quite obvious that today Ms Semenchuk has at least as much potential as Elena Obraztsova herself.”

“In addition to her skills as a singer, Ekaterina also has a vividly expressive dramatic talent, so when she performs not just operatic roles but any romance as well it is an entire story about life and love that leaves no-one unaffected.”
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