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Ekaterina Semenchuk


Stagecraft and outstanding vocal qualities firmly established the reputation of Ekaterina Semenchuk as a shining star of the opera world. Leading soloist of the famous Mariinsky Theatre, she made her debut on this stage while still studying at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory.

In past seasons, she sang at the Metropolitan Opera the roles Marina (Boris Godunov) and Polina (Pique Dame), as well as her first Azucena (Il Trovatore) in Valencia under the baton of Zubin Mahta. At the Royal Opera House Covent Garden she has sung Azucena and Eboli ( Don Carlo).With Valery Gergiev, she has performed Didon (Les Troyens) at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Among many other impressive appearances, worth mentioning also are her performances as Fricka (Die Walkure) and Lady Macbeth ( Macbeth ) with Placido Domingo under James Conlon at Los Angeles Opera.

In 2013, her performance as Eboli (Don Carlos) directed by Peter Stein and conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano made a splash at the Salzburg Festival. Other important events include La Gioconda under the musical direction of Roberto Abbado, Samson et Dalila under Charles Dutoit at the Opera of Rome, Roméo et Juliette of Berlioz at La Scala under the direction of James Colon, and moreover Benvenuto Cellini at Champs-Élysées Theatre with Valery Gergiev, Aida at La Scala with Gianandrea Noseda and Pier Giorgio Morandi and at Teatro San Carlo in Naples with Nicola Luisotti as a new production of Aida at San Francisco Opera by Francesca Zambello, Les Troyens at Edinburgh Festival under the baton of Maestro Gergiev, La Forza del Destino with Zubin Mehta, Carmen at Arena di Verona with Henrik Nanasi or Anna Bolena at the Vienna State Opera with Anna Netrebko.

This summer, during the White Nights Festival ( Mariinsky Theater) Ekaterina, among such roles as Dalila, Eboli and Amneris sang a Lady Macbeth ( Macbeth) and Azucena with Placido Domingo, played a new role of Princess de Bouillon in a new production of Adriana Lecouvreur with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov under Valeriy Gergiev. Also at the Salzburg Festival this summer she sang with a great success a new production by Shirin Neshat with Anna Netrebko under Riccardo Mutti.

On the concert podium, she has sung Verdi’s Requiem with Antonio Pappano, Valeriy Gergiev, James Gaffigan, Roberto Abbado, Michail Jurovsky, Gustavo Dudamel; Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied at the Ravinia Festival with Chicago Symphony Orchestra and concerts of Dvorak’s Requiem with L’Orchestre de Paris, both under James Conlon, or Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome under the direction of Vasily Petrenko. At Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at Wien Konzerthaus, Lucerne Festival she has performed Berlioz’s La Morte de Cleopatre and Gioavanna d'Arco ( Rossini) at the Lucerne Festival under James Gaffigan.

Her repertoire also includes the roles in Pergolesi’s and Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Missa Solemnis by Beethoven, Mozart’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphonies no. 2, 3 and 8, Pulcinella by Stravinsky, Concerto for percussion, mezzo-soprano and orchestra Hour of Soul by Gubaidulina and vocal cycles Songs and Dances of Death by Mussorgsky, From Jewish Folk Poetry by Shostakovich, Kindertotenlieder by Mahler, Les nuits d’été by Berlioz, Scheherazade by Ravel and others.

Ekaterina Semenchuk performed at the festivals in Baden-Baden, Tanglewood, Stresa (Italy), Ravinia, Cincinnati, Verbier, Lucerne (Switzerland), Aix-en-Provence (France), White Nights Festival ( St- Petersburg), Salzburg Festival ( Austria).

In 2005, at the invitation of His Highness Charles, Prince of Wales, Ekaterina Semenchuk performed at the ceremony of prayer and dedication during the marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles in the cathedral of Windsor Castle, singing the Creed by Gretchaninov.

Future plans include: Cavalleria Rusticana and Requiem Verdi at the MET Opera and at San Francisco Opera, Trovatore, Aida and Don Carlo at Teatro Real de Madrid, Adriana Lecouvreur at Baden- Baden and Verbier.

The concert life of Ekaterina’s chamber music program stand out. Several times a year, in spite of a tight schedule of performances in opera houses, she finds the time to prepare a new chamber program, actively cooperating with the great pianists Semion Skigin, Dmitry Efimov and Helmut Deutsch.

Her discography begins in 2005 with Russian Songs, available on the Harmonia Mundi label, thus opening the way to other extraordinary recordings: Oedipus Rex by Stravinsky with Valery Gergiev (2010), Sarti’s Magnificat – Gloria with Mattia Rondelli on the Sony Classical (2012), Don Carlos with Pappano (DVD, ORF / Salzburg Festival 2013) and Carmen with Nanasi (DVD, Arena di Verona 2014), Macbeth with Placido Domingo and James Conlon ( Los Angeles Opera 2016 ) on Sony Classical.

In October 2015, Warner Classics released the highly acclaimed recording of Aida, with the orchestra and chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, under Sir Antonio Pappano.