The young singer possesses beautiful, imbued with hot spiciness, ample and dense voice with a good range. Her delivery captivated the audience, having fully conveyed the character’s inherent colourfull mysteriousness, allure, eroticism and demonism - all that the production had been lacking in.
This premiere’s phenomenon is the young soprano Elena Stikhina even despite the fact that director has virtually deprived her Solome of one of the key scenes (...). The power and the beauty of her voice (...) conveys the tragedy of the girl - half-a-child overwhelmed by her forbidden passion for the Prophet Jochanaan to such an extent, it gives shivers.
The Novaya Gazeta
Elena Stikhina was born in Lesnoi, Sverdlovsk Region. In 2012 she graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where she studied with L. Rudakova. In the period of her studies in the Conservatory she became the first performer of the Cycle on Verses by Persian Poets by F. Khaidarova, the song My Love and A Musical Offering to A. Tarkovsky, the Cycle on Verses by A. Voznesensky by K. Shiryaev.
From 2010 to 2012 she performed in concerts with the "L. Rudakova Foundation for Development and Collaboration of Creative Youth". In 2011 she reached the semi-finals of the prestigious Competizione dell’ Opera.
From 2012 to 2014 she studied in the Galina Vishnevskaya Centre for Opera Singing with People's Artist of the USSR, Professor M. Kasrashvili. In 2012 she became a soloist of the " Ensemble 2012" Russian-German Chamber Ensemble of Young Performers.
In February 2012 she performed the part of The Girl in The Girl and Death, an oratorio using the verses of M. Gorky by G. Galynin, conducted by A. Levin at the celebratory jubilee of the Moscow State Chamber Choir (Artistic Director V. Minin).
In June 2012 at the Lenin Museum on Red Square she participated in the opening ceremony of the year of Germany in Russia and also the opening ceremony of the III International Student Forum in Berlin as part of the year of Russia in Germany.
In 2013 she took part in "Beethovenfest" (Bonn, Germany), Opernwerkstatt (Sigriswil, Switzerland).
In 2014 she became a soloist of the State Primorskii Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Since 2016 she has been a member of the opera company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.
On July 25 in the Teatro Degollado (Guadalajara, Mexico), Placido Domingo announced the winners of the 2016 edition of the Operalia Competition. Elena Stikhina was awarded two distinctions: the Audience Prize, and the Culturarte Prize.
Since April of the 2017 she has been a member of the opera company of the Mariinsky Theatre.
Repertoire at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Floria Tosca (Tosca, G. Puccini)
Senta (Der fliegende Holländer, R. Wagner)
Violetta (La traviata, G. Verdi)
Lady Macbeth (Macbeth, G. Verdi)
Micaëla (Carmen, G. Bizet)
Liza (The Queen of Spades, P. Tchaikovsky)
Tatiana (Eugene Onegin, P. Tchaikovsky)
Tsaritsa Militrisa (The Tale of the Tsar Saltan, N. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni,W.-A. Mozart)
First Lady (Die Zauberflöte, W.-A. Mozart)
Repertoire also include:
Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica, G. Puccini)
Salome (Salome, R. Strauss), Desdemona (Otello, G. Verdi), Leonora (Il Trovatore, G. Verdi), Donna Leonora (La forza del destino, G. Verdi), Elettra (Idomeneo, W.A. Mozart), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro, W.A. Mozart), Musetta, Mimi (La bohème, G. Puccini), Iolanta, Brigitta (Iolanta, P. Tchaikovsky), Nedda (Pagliacc, R. Leoncavallo), Zemfira (Aleko, S. Rachmaninov), Lara (Doctor Zhivago, A. Lubchenko), Olga (The Story of a Real Man, S. Prokofiev)
Chamber repertoire includes vocal cycles by D. Shostakovich (Satyr on Verses by S. Chernov, Seven Poems of Alexander Block), by M. Ippolitov-Ivanov Cycle on Verses by R. Tagor, S. Prokofiev (Cycle on Verses by A. Akhmatova), arias and romances by A. Arensky, M. Glinka, R. Glier, A. Dargomyzhsky, S. Rachmaninoff, N. Rimsky-Korsakov, A. Tigranyan, P. Tchaikovsky, S. Barber.