Following her graduation from The Moscow State Conservatory in 2012, where she studied with Larisa Rudakova, Elena Stikhina went on to win first prize in the Competizione dell’Opera in Linz, Austria in October 2014 and in 2016 was a finalist in Placido Domingo’s Opera Competition ‘Operalia’, winning the Audience Prize and Culturarte Prize.
During her studies, Elena performed the roles of Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Iolanta (Iolanta), Mimi (La Boheme) and the Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro.) She also participated in masterclasses of Eugene Onegin at “Operawerkstatt”, directed by Vasily Barkhatov, and Aida at the Beethovenfest, directed by Peter Konwitschny.
In 2014 she was engaged as the soloist at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok, where she performs roles such as Tosca, Nedda in I Pagliacci (Leonkavallo), Tatiana, Micaela (Carmen) and Lara (Doctor Zhivago by Lubchenko). 2016 saw her widen her repertoire with debuts as Lisa (Pique Dame) and Violetta Valery (La Traviata)
European invitations include her 2015 debut in the title role Tosca at the Gut Immling Opera Festival and Micaela at the Landestheater Salzburg. In 2016 she sang in Wolf-Ferrari’s I Gioelli della Madonna at the Theater Freiburg.
2017/2018 season engagements included Tosca in Boston, Leonora (La Forza del Destino) in Basel, Tatyana in the Finnish National Opera’s production of Eugene Onegin and Leonora (Il Trovatore) at the Theater Erfurt.
The season was also marked by her debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and in the concert version of Der fliegende Holländer in Baden-Baden.
Elena’s upcoming roles include Suor Angelica (Il Trittico) at the Metropolitan Opera and Donna Leonora (La Forza del Destino) the Dresden Opera. She will also continue to sing at the Mariinsky Theatre in productions including Salome and Madame Butterfly.
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“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.”Silvia Curry
“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.”Jeremy Eichler
“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.”Susan Miron