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Yekaterina Semenchuk (Mezzo soprano)

Yekaterina Semenchuk (Mezzo soprano)

“Ekaterina Semenchuk’s operatic career leaves no doubts – this mezzo-soprano holds the well-deserved position of a leader of her generation within the Mariinsky Opera... It is quite obvious that today Ms Semenchuk has at least as much potential as Elena Obraztsova herself.” 

“In addition to her skills as a singer, Ekaterina also has a vividly expressive dramatic talent, so when she performs not just operatic roles but any romance as well it is an entire story about life and love that leaves no-one unaffected.” 
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Semenchuk currently enjoys an intense schedule at the world’s leading opera houses: she regularly appears at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London and the Opera de Paris among other acclaimed venues. In 2005 the singer performed at the marriage of HRH Charles the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Ekaterina’s most recent acclaimed projects include her August debut at the Salzburg Festival as Eboli in Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo (directed by Peter Stein, conducted by Antonio Pappano), an appearance in Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda at the Opera di Roma, Antonín Dvorak’s Requiem with the Orchestre de Paris under James Conlon and Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida at the Berliner Staatsoper. In late October Ekaterina Semenchuk will be appearing with the Mariinsky Opera at the Konzerthaus in Vienna where she will perform the role of Didon in a concert version of Hector Berlioz’ Les Troyens as well as the solo in his cantata La Mort de Cleopatre.

• Honoured Artist of the Republic of Northern Ossetia-Alania
• Recipient of the Special Prize at the Plácido Domingo Competition in Los Angeles (2000)
• Prize-winner at the I International Elena Obraztsova Young Opera Singers' Competition (Hopeprize and prize for best performance of a work by a contemporary composer; St Petersburg, 1999)
• Prize-winner at the All-Russian Nadezhda Obukhova Competition (1st prize)

Ekaterina Semenchuk graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of Ye. Gorokhovskaya). She became a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers in 1999. In 2001 the singer was a finalist at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Ekaterina Semenchuk joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2007.

Roles she has performed at the Mariinsky Theatre include:
Laura (The Stone Guest)
Marina Mnishek (Boris Godunov)
Konchakovna (Prince Igor)
Ganna (May Night)
Lel (The Snow Maiden)
Olga (Eugene Onegin)
Polina, Milovzor (The Queen of Spades)
Blanche (The Gambler)
Sonia (War and Peace)
Antonio (Cleopatra)
Fenena (Nabucco)
Maddalena (Rigoletto)
Princess Eboli (Don Carlo)
Azucena (Il trovatore)
Preziosilla (La forza del destino)
Carmen (Carmen)
Nicklausse, the Muse (Les Contes d'Hoffmann)
Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust)
Didon (Les Troyens)

The singer’s repertoire also includes the roles of Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Charlotte (Werther) and Ascanio (Benvenuto Cellini) in addition to the mezzo-soprano roles in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Berlioz’ cantana La Mort de Cleopatre and dramatic symphony Romeo et Juliette, Mahler’s Second and Third Symphonies, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky cantata, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Gubaidulina’s Hour of the Soul concerto for percussion, mezzo-soprano and symphony orchestra, the vocal series Songs and Dances of Death by Musorgsky, Shostakovich’s rom Jewish Folk Poetry, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Berlioz’ Nuits d’ete.

Ekaterina Semenchuk is in great demand in international opera. She has collaborated with such outstanding conductors of the present day as Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Seiji Osawa, Mikhail Jurowski, Eliahu Inbal, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim, Jiri Belohlávek, Yves Abel, Marin Alsop, Leonard Slatkin, Antonello Allemandi and Myung Whun-Chung. Together with the Mariinsky Opera Company, she has toured to China, Great Britain, Germany (Baden-Baden Festspiele, Berlin's Deutsche Oper), Austria (Salzburg Festival), Italy (La Scala), Spain (Teatro Real), Switzerland, the USA (Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center) and France (Theatre du Chatelet) and Israel.
In 2005, Ekaterina Semenchuk performed at the wedding of HRH Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla Parker-Bowles.

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Ekaterina Semenchuk - Adieu, forets
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Ekaterina Semenchuk sings Adieu, forêts at the 2006 Polar Music Prize.

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