Following spectacular debuts at the Paris and Metropolitan Operas and the Salzburg Festival, young Lirico-spinto soprano Elena Stikhina is making waves in the opera world.
Since the 2017/18 season she has triumphed at the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Berlin Staatsoper, Dresden Semperoper, Baden Baden Festspielhaus and in concert with the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Munich Philharmonic and at the Philharmonie Paris.
Elena has attracted press reviews describing her singing as both miraculous and luminous, her presence as magnetic and her technique as superlative.
Summer 2019 saw her make her British Debut at the BBC Proms singing Tatyana’s letter scene from Eugene Onegin. The 2018/19 season also saw her make her Dutch Opera debut singing Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly). Performances as Tosca and Leonora (La Forza del Destino) followed at the Paris Opera, where she returned to sing a new production of Prince Igor.
Other engagements in the 19/20 season include her debut in Geneva as Aida, her return to the Boston Lyric Opera as Norma and a solo recital at the Zaryade Hall, Moscow.
Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, cancelled performances include returns to the Paris Opera for Adriana Lecouvreur and La Bohème and a new production of Aida, to both London and Amsterdam for a new productions of Aida and to the Bayerischer Staatsoper as Tatyana.
Her return to Salzburg to open the centenary festival has happily been reschedule to 2021 and in January she gave a live broadcast as Renata in the Mariinsky Theatre’s famed production of Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel and makes her debut at La Scala in a live broadcast as Salomé.
The 18/19 season was also marked by her singing Tosca and Leonora (Il Trovatore) in Berlin and Dresden, Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) in Baden Baden and Munich, and Suor Angelica in New York and next season we look forward to her debut in Zurich, her return to the Metropolitan, to the Berlin Staatsoper and her delayed debut at Covent Garden.
Elena appears as guest soloist at the famed Mariinsky Theatre Saint Petersburg after developing her repertoire at the New Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostock. Elena completed her studies at the Moscow State Conservatory in 2012 and gained international attention when she won first prize at the Competizione dell’Opera Linz in 2014 and then in 2016 by winning the Audience and Culturarte Prizes at Placido Domingo’s Competition ‘Operalia’.
“It is worth seeing BLO’s “Tosca” if only to hear Russian soprano Elena Stikhina make her American debut as Floria Tosca… Stikhina captures this gradual unfolding of her character through the power of song, which poured from the stage and rushed over the audience in a wave of pure bliss. Her technical mastery was evident, but harder to pinpoint was the source of her voice’s timbre as it filled the hall with a warm glow.”
“In the title role on Friday was a gifted young Russian soprano named Elena Stikhina making her American debut. Signing her up was a good move by BLO. Stikhina’s voice has unusual allure, catching the ear with its combination of glow and penetration, lightness and strength, at times floating above the orchestra, at times slicing through it.”
“The Russian Soprano Elena Stikhina, making her American debut, is a beauty endowed with a beautiful voice and real acting ability. What I admired most were her graceful movements, and her totally credible erotically charged embraces and long, passionate kisses with Cavaradossi. She was completely convincing in the role… One hopes to hear Stikhina again, soon.”