Oxana Shilova’s Susanna dazzled with crystal-like timbre of this coloratura soprano. There was a sensation of déjà vu, as if we were facing another Anna Netrebko.
The even, rich, resilient and warm coloratura soprano can learn with ease styles that differ in the extent of their complexity with the same degree of accuracy and taste — from classical opera to operetta.
Oxana Shilova was born in Russia. In 2000 she graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, having become a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers in 1999. Joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2007.
Roles performed at the Mariinsky Theatre include:
Ludmila ( Ruslan and Ludmila)
Xenia (Boris Godunov)
Swan Princess (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Tsarevna of Wondrous Beauty (Kashchei the Deathless in concert)
Golden Cockerel (The Golden Cockerel)
Louisa (Betrothal in a Monastery)
Madame Cortese (Il viaggio a Reims)
Norina (Don Pasquale)
Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Mrs Alice Ford (Falstaff)
Leïla (Les Pêcheurs de perles)
Ascagne (Les Troyens)
Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro)
Zerlina (Don Giovanni)
Despina (Così fan tutte)
Pamina (Die Zauberflöte)
Klingsor's Flower Maiden (Parsifal)
Naiad (Ariadne auf Naxos)
Guard of the Entrance to the Temple (Die Frau ohne Schatten)
Belinda (Didon et Enée)
Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann)
Adina (L’elisir d’amore)
The singer's repertoire also includes the roles of Prilepa (The Queen of Spades), Lucrezia (I due Foscari), Gilda (Rigoletto) and Violetta (La traviata).
Oxana Shilova has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company throughout Russia and abroad, also performing recitals with Larisa Gergieva in Belgium, Finland, the USA, France and Great Britain. She took part in a production of Shostakovich's operetta Moscow, Cheryomushki at the Opéra de Lyon, in 2006 she sang the role of Lucrezia (Lucrezia Borgia) at De Nederlandse Opera and in the 2008-2009 season she appeared in a new production of Rossini's opera Il viaggio a Reims, performing the role of Madame Cortese (Reims, Montpelier, Avignon, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Marseilles).