Olesya Petrova

Mezzosoprano / Contralto

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

Most recent and future projects include Ulrica at Teatro de la Maestranza, Abbesse in The Fiery Angel at Teatro Real, Amneris in Aida at Arena di Verona San Diego, Boston and MET, Princesse de Bouillon at Deutsche Oper Berlin together with Anna Netrebko, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Federica in Luisa Miller at MET.
Other recent projects include Amneris and Ulrica at the MET, Azucena in Firenze and at Opera Østfold , Amneris at Festival de Sanxay, Verdi requiem with Cadaques orchestra, Mahlers 8th with Fabio Luisi and Aleksandr Nevskij under the baton of Daniele Gatti at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, among others.  Most recently she performed Amneris in Auckland, as well as Polina at Bolschoi theater,Carmen Concertante with Győr Philharmonic Orchestra and Ulrica in St Petesburg.  Engagements for 2016-2017 include also Federica in Luisa Miller at Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Emilia/Otello at Liceu de Barcelona, Amneris in Aida in Montreal , Amelfa in The Little Golden Cockerel at Teatro Real de Madrid, Verdi’s Requiem under the baton of Placido Domingo with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen.

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 in Werther at Teatro Verdi di Trieste.

2013/2014 had her Debut as Madelon in Andrea Chenier at the Metropolitan Opera, Azucena at the Latvian National Opera and as Fenena/Nabucco at Opéra de Montreal, among others. 2014/2015 and later returns to MET for mother in Le comtes de Hoffmann as well as to Staatsoper Hamburg for Federica in Luisa Miller and Teatro del Liceo Barcelona for Emilia in Otello, and the mezzo part in Ivan the Terrible with Oviedo Filarmonía, among others.

2012/2013 she covered Maddalena in Rigoletto at The Metropolitan Opera and sung Ulrica in Ballo in Maschera at Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf as well as Suzuki in Butterfly at Greek National Opera in Athens and Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes 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 since 2007.

Here her repertoire includes Marfa (Khovanshchina), Konchakovna (Prince Igor), Lel (The Snow Maiden), Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride) on Perm Opera and Novosibirsk Opera, Amneris (Aida) in Bankok, Carmen (Carmen), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Polina, Countess (The Queen of Spades), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Ioanna (The Maid of Orleans) and Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera).

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 and the 11/12 season marks her international breakthrough as Konschakowna in Borodin’s Prince Igor at Zürich Opera. This season she will also sing Ulrica/Ballo in Maschera at Greek National Opera in Athens.

She is a prize winner at the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 2007, 2nd prize) and r at the I International Competition of Galina Vishnevskaya (Moscow,2006,2rd prize). In 2011she 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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