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.

Future projects include Amneris at Arena di Verona, Amneris and Ulrica at the MET and Azucena in Firenze, among others.  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.

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