Elena Stikhina

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

  • Recipient of the Audience Award and special Culturarte Prize at the Operalia competition (Guadalajara, Mexico, 2016)
  • Prize-winner at the Competizione dell’Opera (Linz, Austria, 2014, 1st prize)
  • Prize-winner at the II International Rachmaninoff Vocalists' Competition (Rostov on Don, 2013, 1st prize)
  • Prize-winner at the IV International Georgy Sviridov Chamber Singing Competition (Kursk, 2011, 3rd prize)

Born in Lesnoy, Sverdlovsk Region. Graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire (class of Larisa Rudakova). Trained at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Centre under Makvala Kasrashvili. Since 2014 she has been a soloist of the State Primorsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (now the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre); Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 2017. In 2013 she took part in an international opera master-class in Zurich, where she rehearsed the title role of Aida under Peter Konwitschny. Has appeared at the Beethovenfest in Bonn, the Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the opera festivals Gut Immling in Halfing and DomStufen in Erfurt (the title role in Tosca) and the Landestheater in Salzburg (Micaëla in Carmen). In the 2016-2017 she made her debut at the Theater Basel (Leonora in La forza del destino), the Mariinsky Theatre (title role in a premiere of Salome) and the Finnish National Opera (Tatiana in Eugene Onegin). In 2017, she made her debut as Lady Macbeth in Verdi's opera Macbeth and as Senta in Der fliegende Holländerat the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. For the role of Salome in the Mariinsky Theatre's production of the opera she was awarded the Onegin Russian opera prize and St Petersburg's most prestigious theatre prize the Golden Sofit in addition to being nominated for the Golden Mask awards. Upcoming engagements include her appearance at the Opéra National de Paris and the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Leonora in Il trovatore), at the Boston Lyric Opera (the title in Tosca).

In 2017 and 2018, she took part in the International Mariinsky Far East Festival, Vladivostok. In the 2017/18 season she made her stage debut at the Boston Lyric Opera (Tosca), Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin (Mimi in La bohème) and Deutsche Oper Berlin (Leonora in Il trovatore). She sang in concert under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Philharmonie de Paris (Sieglinde in Die Walküre) and at the Trinity Festival at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Senta in Der fliegende Holländer).

Her engagements for the current season include stage debuts at the Metropolitan Opera (title role in Suor Angelica), Semperoper (Leonora in La forza del destino) and De Nationale Opera (title role in Madama Butterfly).

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.

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