Liudmyla Monastyrska

Soprano

Biography

Ukrainian Liudmyla Monastyrska’s rich, dramatic soprano has caught the attention of press and audiences alike since 1996, when she made her stage debut as Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in Kiev. A modern artist with a classic sensibility regarding the art of singing, Ms. Monastyrska is acclaimed for her lush, powerful, compelling performances and superb technical command. Her relationships with European, American and Asian opera houses have continued to expand following her highly acclaimed European 2010 debut with Deutsche Oper Berlin in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca.

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Reviews

“Liudmyla Monastyrska is a veteran of this production, and she showed an excellent command of her formidable voice as Aida. It is a big beautiful voice that is produced with seeming ease, and can scale the range of the role with remarkable continuity. Her high notes often trailed into delicate pianissimo before opening up. I was most impressed with her strong chest voice that remained full and thrilling as she sang Aida’s lower notes. Aida’s two big arias, “Ritorna vincitor!” and “O patria mia” were exciting and exquisite; the latter was the highlight of the afternoon.”

Ako Imamura

Bachtrack

“Already, last July, her Aida on this same stage had made a strong impression: the width of her instrument, the richness of her timbre had conquered the public. Her Tosca is of the same caliber, one can even say that it convinces more so much the vocal means and the stylistic qualities of the singer seem adapted to this personage. Moreover the Ukrainian soprano has a palette of nuances that allows her to alternate impalpable mezzo-forte with treble of an impressive amplitude. Theatrically her game remains sober and effective at the same time, especially during her confrontation with Scarpia.” Christian Peter

Forum Opera

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“Clear singing, obscure production: Domingo and Monastyrska in Nabucco
The audience interval chatter confirmed that the outstanding singing of the evening came from Liudmyla Monastyrska’s Abigaille. What makes Monastyrska ideal for the role is her dynamic range: when she goes for the grandiose “Salgo già del trono aurato”, you’re left in no doubt whatsoever about who, barring an Act of God, is going to come out the winner of the golden throne. Just moments before, she displayed total control of pianissimo in the contemplative ‘Anch’io dischiuso un giorno.”

Dave Karlin, Bachtrack 

“As the awful Abigaille, Liudmyla Monastyrska’s formidable stature, imperious gestures and simply colossal voice obviously compel attention, but she also produces the evening’s most ravishing pianissimos.”

Richard Morrison, The Times 

“The protagonists let their voices radiate impressively: The Ukrainian Liudmyl Monastyrska is a sovereign Aida… She creates beautiful, touching moments in her ‘Numi, pieta’.”

Krone 

“The fabulous directing in Mascagni’s one-act play seemed to inspire all soloists, the services a round festival night-worthy performance. Liudmyla Monastyrska’s lush dark-luminous soprano lent her already passionate sounding Santuzza added attraction. With fiery passion and drama, she threw herself accordingly into an intense and enthralling vocal performance. Still, the Ukrainian was always able to scale back her voice to a minimum, with its well-trimmed, space-filling and touching Piani a success – great rejoicing for this thrilling role Portrait.”

S. Martens, Das Opernglas 

“Monastyrska is also a superb musician and technician, singing stylish pianissimos and dominating ensembles like no other Verdi soprano I’ve heard (that was evident right from the start in her Covent Garden debut as Aida).”

David Nice, The Arts Desk 

“It is Liudmyla Monastyrska’s vocally scorching Abigaille, grandly of the old school in volume, tone and technical bravado, who raises the temperature of the evening. Steady as a rock and fearsomely implacable, with a searing top register and cavernous low notes, she steals the show – and the biggest ovation.”

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph 

“Sharing the musical honours is Liudmyla Monastyrska as Abigaille, the vengeful daughter of Nabucco (aka Nebuchadnezzar). The Ukrainian soprano sings with thrilling amplitude, giving a performance that seems old-fashioned only because so few Verdian singers have this power today.”

John Allison, The Telegraph 

“The ‘daughter’ Abigaille is in fact the child of a harem slave, and turns out to be a monster — an aspect Liudmyla Monastyrska captures in her commanding tone. But she still provides the wherewithal for a powerful and ultimately touching duet with her putative father.”

Barry Millington, London Evening Standard 

“For Liudmyla Monastyrska, who brought her voluptuous soprano to the title role, it was a triumphant house debut. … Ms. Monastyrska, a native of Kiev, Ukraine, and an established star at that city’s opera house, comes to the Met a fully mature artist. She is gifted with a luscious round soprano that maintains its glow even in the softest notes. Her “O patria mia” was beautifully drawn and colored with darker inflections that added dramatic intensity. ”

Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times 

“With a big shimmering sound, Liudmyla Monastyrska was the chief attraction of the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of Verdi’s “Aida.” The 37-year-old Ukrainian soprano made her Met debut in the opening performance of the run Friday night and displayed something of a rarity these days – a dramatic voice capable of filling the Met in a core Verdi role. Her high notes were thrilling as the Ethiopian princess who is enslaved. She showed her voice’s steel in “Ritorna vincitor (Return a conqueror)” and its warmth during”O patria mia (O, my country).”… Given the dearth of singers who can perform these parts at the 4,000-capacity Met, she is a singer to watch. ”

Ronald Blum, Associated Press 

“Liudmyla Monastyrska had a triumphant debut in the title role, providing a deeply moving portrayal of the suffering heroine. Her voice has heft and potency that rang viscerally through the massive choruses in Acts one and two, but it has an exquisite delicacy that was perfectly suited to Verdi's sweeping lines. Nowhere was this more evident than in Aida's famous aria 'Ritorna Vincitor' during which her internal conflict between her love for the Egyptian general Radames and her native Ethiopia is put on display. During the sublime 'Numi Pieta' Monastyrska started the phrase with a very gentle color, almost mezza voce, and slowly built up a thrilling crescendo to the climactic A flat. Aida gets two chances to sing this phrase and both times, Monastyrska delivered heart wrenching renditions. During her 'O Patria Mia' in which Aida ponders whether she will ever see her home again, Monastyrska brought a similar gentleness to her phrasing. As she rose toward the high C near the end of the aria, she built a lengthy crescendo, but then delivered the C as a disembodied pianissimo that made the moment sublime.”

David Salazar, Latinos Post 

“The showstopper of the night was Liudmyla Monastyrska, a Ukrainian soprano who sounded sensational in Lady Macbeth's 'Letter Scene' from Verdi's 'Macbeth.' Monastyrska, who is to make her Metropolitan Opera debut later this month in Verdi’s 'Aïda,' would seem to have all the ingredients for a major career—a rich, potent voice that she deploys with confidence over a wide range. She captured the dangerous abandon of Lady Macbeth’s outpourings, while maintaining firm control over the tricky vocal line. ”

Mike Silverman, Associated Press