Olga Guryakova

Soprano

Biography

Olga Guryakova was born in Novokuznetsk, and graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. In 1994, she was admitted to the company of the Musical Theatre by Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko (Moscow). She has performed, among others, the parts of Tatyana (Eugène Oneguine), Mimi (La Bohème), Desdemona (Otello); Thais (Thais), Micaela (Carmen), Elvira (Ernani), Gorislava (Russlan et Ludmilla) and Militrisa (The tale of Tsar Saltan, Rimsky-Korsakov).

Olga Guryakova appears regularly at the Ludwigsburg Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, both in Germany. She has often performed Britten’s War Requiem under the direction of Rostropovitch throughout Europe.

She made her debut in the United-States in 1998 at the Metropolitan Opera singing the part of Maria (Mazeppa, Tchaikovsky) under the direction of Gergiev. She performed at Carnegie Hall the part of Iolanta and Desdemona again under the direction of Gergiev in Frankfurt and in Rimini. At La Scala, she sang Maria in Mazeppa (Tchaikovsky) under the baton of Maestro Rostropovitch and in 2005 at the Salzburg Festival with Gergiev.

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Reviews

“Olga Guryakova looked lovely as the feisty Oxana, displaying some of the glinting tone and attractive musicality…”

John Allison

Opera

“Olga Guryakova […] a un instrument à la fois lyrique et dramatique d’une beauté frappante. Elle maîtrise et s’accorde parfaitement à l’aigu imposé par le violon solo, complètement perçant, déchirant. Sa prière à la vierge au deuxième acte est un moment d’une ferveur angoissée extrêmement touchant et son échange avec la foule qui l’accuse au troisième acte d’une intensité saisissante.
[Olga Guryakova has a both lyrical and dramatic vocal instrument of striking beauty. She masters and is in harmony with the high notes required by the violin solo, which are absolutely piercing and full of pain. Her prayer to the Virgin Mary in the second act is an extremely touching moment of anguished fervour, and her discussion with the crowd that accuses her in the third act is memorable in its intensity.]

Sabino Pena Arcia

Classique News

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“Olga Guryakova’s charm and intelligent acting and musicianship make her Oksana a lovely interpretation. ”

David Shengold, Opera 

“Olga Guryakova est désormais bien connue des mélomanes de la capitale, mais malgré le fait qu’elle chante Tatiana depuis des années, le charme opère aujourd’hui plus que jamais. La chanteuse entre dans la peau de son personnage comme pour la première fois, et vit la vie de Tatiana les larmes aux yeux, la sincérité de chaque geste la rendant bouleversante.
[Olga Guryakova is now very well-known in Paris’s music scene, but despite the fact that she has sung Tatiana for years, her charm in this role is present today more than ever. The singer incarnates her character as if it were the first time and lives Tatiana’s life with profound emotion, each gesture deeply moving in its sincerity.]

Hermine Ferrand, Classique Info 

“[…] la Lisa accomplie d’Olga Guryakova. De A à Z elle en maîtrise toutes les facettes, psychologiques et musicales. Il faut remonter dans nos souvenirs à Teresa Zylis-Gara (Genève 1982) pour atteindre un tel degré d’excellence.
[[…] Olga Guryakova’s accomplished Lisa. She masters every psychological and musical aspect of the role, from start to finish. We must go back to Teresa Zylis-Gara (Geneva 1982) in our memories to find such a degree of excellence.]

Patrick Favre-Tissot-Bonvoisin, Lyon Newsletter 

“La sensation de la soirée a été la radieuse, lumineuse et intense Lisa d’Olga Guryakova, incroyablement à l’aise dans les aigus tendus de ce rôle beaucoup plus dramatique que ses inoubliables Natacha et Tatiana à la Bastille.
[The evening’s sensation was Olga Guryakova’s radiant, bright and intense Lisa. She was incredibly at ease in the tense high notes of this role that is much more dramatic than those of Natacha and Tatiana, which she performed unforgettably at the Bastille.]

Monique Borichelle, Opera International

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