Soloists for 14 June
Olga Savova (mezzo-soprano)
Mezzo-soprano Olga Savova was born in St Petersburg, and graduated from the piano and vocal faculties of the School of Music of the St Petersburg State Rimsky- Korsakov Conservatoire. She has been a Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 1996. Olga was the prizewinner at the Voci Verdiani international competition in Italy in 1992 and was nominated for a Grammy for the best opera recording in 2001. Her repertoire includes Olga (Eugene Onegin), Lyubov (Mazeppa), Princess Evpraksiya (The Enchantress), Polina (The Queen of Spades), Emilia (Otello), Carmen (Carmen), Brünnhilde (Die Walküre), Wellgunde (Das Rheingold), Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust and Verdi’s Requiem.
Andrey Ilyushnikov (tenor)
Andrey Ilyushnikov graduated from the Novosibirsk State Conservatoire. He has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers since 2000. Andrey was a prizewinner at the Fifth International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition in St Petersburg in 2002. His repertoire includes Vladimir Igorevich (Prince Igor), Chaplitsky (The Queen of Spades), Prince (The Love for Three Oranges), Malcolm (Macbeth). He has taken part in the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France numerous times, performing in Stravinsky’s Renard in 2003 and Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges in 2004. He has also performed as the Prince in The Love for Three Oranges on tour to Luxembourg in 2005 and given solo concerts in the USA, the UK and Germany.
Gennady Bezzubenkov (bass)
Gennady Bezzubenkov was born in Staraya Vitelevka in the Ulyanovsk Region. He graduated from the Leningrad State Rimsky- Korsakov Conservatoire in 1979. He has been a Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 1989. Gennady was the recipient of the State Prize of Russia and the Baltika prize in 2002. His repertoire includes over 50 roles, among them: Konchak (Prince Igor), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Banco (Macbeth), Ramfis (Aida), Timur (Turandot), Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Donner (Das Rheingold), Hunding (Die Walküre), and Verdi’s Requiem. He has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to Germany, France, Scotland (the Edinburgh Festival), Israel, the USA (Metropolitan Opera), Finland, Italy, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Portugal, Luxembourg and Turkey.