Following spectacular debuts at the Paris and Metropolitan Operas, young Lirico-spinto soprano Elena Stikhina is making waves in the opera world.
Recent months have seen her triumph at the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Berlin Staatsoper, the Semperoper, the 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.
This summer she makes her British Debut at the BBC Proms singing Tatyana’s letter scene from Eugene Onegin.
This spring she makes her Dutch debut singing Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly). Performances as Leonora (La Forza del Destino) follow at the Paris Opera, where she returns in the autumn 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 more returns to the Paris Opera for Adriana Lecouvreur and La Bohème.
This season has seen her sing Tosca and Leonora (Il Trovatore) in Berlin and Dresden, Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) in Baden Baden and Munich, Suor Angelica in New York, Brunnhilde (Siegfried) and Gutrune (Göterdämmerung) in Paris.
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 quickly came to European 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’,
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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