Olesya Petrova

Mezzosoprano / Contralto

Olesya Petrova was born and studied in Saint Petersburg. She graduated from State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 2008, class of Professor Irina Bogacheva.

Future projects include Amneris in Aida at the MET, ROH Covent Garden and Arena di Verona as well as Azucena in Il Trovatore, Ulrica in Un Ballo in maschera, La Frugola in Il Tabarro and Madelon in Andrea Chénier at the MET.

Most recent engagements include Sorceress in The Fiery Angel at Teatro Real, Ulrica at DOB Berlin, Amneris and Suzuki at ROH London, Azucena at MET, Verdi Requiem at NHK Tokyo opera among others.
Most recent projects include Ulrica at Teatro de la Maestranza, Amneris at Arena di Verona San Diego, Boston and MET, Princesse de Bouillon at Deutsche Oper Berlin together with Anna Netrebko, Azucena, Federica, Ulrica and Amneris at MET, Verdi Requiem with Teatro San Carlo di Napoli and with Mehta at Israel Philharmonic orchestra in Tel Aviv, Azucena in Firenze and at Opera Østfold, Verdi requiem with Cadaques orchestra and Noseda, Amneris at New Zealand Opera Auckland and Arena di Verona as well as Polina at Bolschoi theater, Carmen Concertante with Győr Philharmonic Orchestra and Ulrica in St Petesburg.

Recently performed Azucena at Firenze and Oslo Opera houses, Mozarts Requiem with Shanghai Symphony orchestra, Amelfa at Teatro Real de Madrid, Federica at Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Emilia at Liceu de Barcelona, Amneris in Montreal, Verdi Requiem under Fabio Luisi and danish Symphony Orchestra and under Placido Domingo with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, Santuzza and Ulrica at Mikhailovsky Theater st Petersburg.

In 2015 she performed among others Tales of Hoffman at the MET in New York, Verdi Requiem at Théâtre des Chatelet in Paris, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with David Robertson in Sydney and Charlotte/Werther at Teatro Verdi di Trieste.

Earlier on had her Debut as Madelon at the Metropolitan Opera, Azucena at the Latvian National Opera and as Fenena at Opéra de Montreal, among others. She returned to MET for mother in Le comtes de Hoffmann as well as to Staatsoper Hamburg for Federica, Teatro del Liceo Barcelona for Emilia and the mezzo part in Ivan the Terrible with Oviedo Filarmonía, Ulrica at Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf as well as Suzuki at Greek National Opera and Mrs. Sedley at Hamburg State Opera. Olesya Petrova also took part in an opera gala concert at Teatro Filarmonico di Verona and sung Requiem di Verdi in Sydney.

Olesya Petrova has been a soloist with the St.Petersburg Conservatory Opera Theatre and at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, where she has performed among others the parts of Marfa (Khovanshchina), Konchakovna (Prince Igor), Lel (The Snow Maiden), Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride) Amneris, Carmen, Olga (Eugene Onegin), Polina, Countess (The Queen of Spades), Maddalena, Ioanna (The Maid of Orleans).

2011/12 season marked her international breakthrough as Konschakowna in Borodin’s Prince Igor at Zürich Opera.

She is a very sought after concert singer with many Russian Orchestra’s and Chamber Ensembles and her concert repertoire includes cantatas and oratorio works by Bach, Pergolesi, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Berlioz, Wagner, Mahler and Prokofiev with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Leo Kremer, Fabio Mastrangelo and Vladimir Fedoseev.

Olesya Petrova has toured in Europe, the USA, South America, Korea, China and Japan.

She is a prize winner at the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 2007, 2nd prize) and at the International Competition of Galina Vishnevskaya (Moscow,2006,2rd prize). In 2011 she reached the final in Cardiff Singer of the World.




Luisa Miller – Metropolitan Opera

«Olesya Petrova made one wish to hear her dark, well-integrated tone in more crucial roles.»


Luisa Miller- Metropolitan opera

«The warm-toned mezzo-soprano Olesya Petrova (as Federica, the noblewoman who loves Rodolfo) meets her role’s most important requirement: She strides commandingly down the gigantic staircase of Santo Loquasto’s sturdily old-fashioned set.»


Aida- Opera de Montreal

So it was on this occasion, owing to the services of mezzo/contralto (as she was officially designated in the program) Olesya Petrova, a vivid vocalist at all volumes.



Fürst Igor- Oper Zürich
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Andrea Chenier- Metropolitan opera New York
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