Russian soprano Olesya Golovneva, who has been awarded as “best singer of the year” for her performances as Anna Bolena and Luisa Miller, achieved international acclaim for her Valentine opposite to Juan Diego Florez in a new production of Meyerbeer‘s Les Huguenots at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Her engagements in 2017/18 include not less than 3 role debuts: at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden she will sing Adina in Donizetti‘s Elisir d‘ amore for the first time as well as Desdemona in Otello. Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf will present the soprano in her role debut as Maria Stuarda in a new production of this Donizetti opera. Golovneva returns to Oper Köln as Violetta Valery and will have her debut at Oper Bonn in this very role. In addition tot hat guest performances of Traviata will bring her to Antibes. With Maestro Tomas Netopil conducting she will sing Dvorak‘s Te Deum in Utrecht and Amsterdam.
Important recent engagements included Mimi in La Bohème at Oper Frankfurt as well as Elisabetta in Don Carlo at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. At Finnish National Opera Helsinki she made her debut as Tatjana in a new production of Eugen Onegin. At Amsterdam Muziekgebouw she appeard in a recital. In Berlin she sang Tschaikowsky‘s Iolanta with Dmitri Kitajenko conducting. The Maestro conducted as well the highly praised recording of Iolanta with Golovneva singing the title role. She sang Donna Anna in Düsseldorf and Lucia di Lammermoor at Oper Köln. At Deutsche Oper Berlin she could be seen as Gilda in Rigoletto. In the season 2014/15 she made her role debut as Mathilde in Guillaume Tell at Oper Graz. As Iolanta with Maestro Kitajenko conducting she had a triumph at Philharmonie Köln. She returned to Düsseldorf in three of her most important roles: Violetta, Gilda and Donna Anna. At Oper Frankfurt she made her debut as Rusalka with Sebastian Weigle conducting. The soprano guested as Violetta in Traviata at Wiesbadener Maifestspiele and returned to Cologne as Vitellia in Clemenza di Tito.
2013/14 the artist made her outstanding role debuts as Tatjana in Eugene Onegin in Cologne and as Mimi (Bohème) at Malmö Opera. Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf presented her as Violetta (Traviata) and she gave her house debut as Gilda (Rigoletto) under the baton of Stefan Blunier at Oper Zurich. Highlights of the season 2012/13 included her role debut as Luisa Miller in Malmö (meanwhile available on DVD) and Düsseldorf, her first Anna Bolena in Cologne as well as concerts with WDR and Andrés Orozco-Estrada (Rossini Stabat Mater) and with with Franz Welser-Möst conducting (Schubert Messe in Es-Dur) at Musikverein Wien.
Her successful way into a more dramatic vocal fach she started already before. In a new production of La Traviata in Dresden she made her debut as Violetta under Fabio Luisi. Violetta has become one of her most important roles, which she performed in Cologne, Prague, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Dresden and Japan. She sang Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) in Cologne as well as Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) which she also performed at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. The magazine Opernglas praised her as “discovery of the evening” for her Natascha in Cologne’s Krieg und Frieden. She added Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) to her repertoire in a new production at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 2011/12.
Olesya Golovneva’s concert repertoire includes Stavinskys Les Noces, Fauré Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana and concert performances of Russian operas (Rimsi-Korsakov’s The Night Before Christmas, Stravinsky Mavra) performing at venues such as Vienna Musikverein, Berliner Philharmonie, Dresden Philharmonie, Athens Concert Hall and in Budapest.
The soprano comes from Pskov in Russia and completed her studies in St. Petersburg as well as a post-graduade study “Lied and Oratorio” at the University of Music in Vienna with Prof. Robert Holl with distinction. She is awardee of the N.Rimskyj-Korsakov competition and the International Vocal Competition’s-Hertogenbosch.
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