Олеся Петрова


Olesya Petrova was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
She graduated from the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 2008 (class of Professor Irina Bogacheva).

In 2007-2016 she was a soloist with the St.Petersburg Conservatory Opera Theatre. Here her repertoire includes Marfa (Khovanshchina), Konchakovna (Prince Igor), Lel (The Snow Maiden), Carmen, Olga (Eugene Onegin), Polina, Countess (The Queen of Spades), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Ioanna (The Maid of Orleans) and Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera).

She is a prize winner at the International Competition of Galina Vishnevskaya (2nd prize, Moscow, 2006) and at the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition (2nd prize, Moscow, 2007). In 2011 she reached the final in Cardiff Singer of the World.

Olesya Petrova has toured in Europe, the USA, South America, Korea, China and Japan. The 2011/12 season marks her international breakthrough as Konschakowna in Borodin’s Prince Igor at Zürich Opera House. That season she also sang Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera) at Greek National Opera in Athens.

Her engagements in 2014 included Azucena (Il Trovatore) at Outdoor Opera Hedeland, Maddalena (Rigoletto), Madelon (Andrea Chenier) and Marfa (Khowanschina) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Ulrica (Ballo in Maschera) at Deutsche Oper am Rhein and at Greek National Opera in Athens, Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) at Greek National Opera in Athens and Fenena (Nabucco) at Opéra de Montreal. Petrova also took part in an opera gala concert at Teatro Filarmonico di Verona and she sang two celebrated Requiem di Verdi in Sydney and at Concertgebouw Amsterdam in 2013.

In 2015 she performed among others Les contes d' Hoffman at the MET in New York, Verdi Requiem at Théâtre des Chatelet in Paris, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with David Robertson in Sydney and Charlotte (Werther) at Teatro Verdi di Trieste.

She is a very sought-after concert singer with many Russian Orchestra’s and Chamber Ensembles and her concert repertoire includes cantatas and oratorio works by Bach, Pergolesi, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Berlioz, Wagner, Mahler and Prokofiev with conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Leo Kremer, Fabio Mastrangelo and Vladimir Fedoseev.

Recent and future engagements include Verdi's Requiem and 2 Alto in Mahler 8 Symphony with Fabio Luisi and Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Antonia's Mother (Les contes d' Hoffman), Federica (Luisa Miller) and Azucena (Il Trovatore) at The Met in New York, at Deutsche Oper Berlin and in Florence, Amneris (Aida) at Arena di Verona and at The Met, Amelfa (The Golden Cockerel) at Teatro Real de Madrid, Federica (Luisa Miller) at Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Emilia (Otello) at Liceu de Barcelona, Amneris (Aida) in Montreal and Verdi's Requiem with Orquestra de Cadaqués Barcelona.

In 2018 Olesya Petrova appeared at the Bolshoi Theatre as Polina in new production of The Queen of Spades (conductor Tugan Sokhiev, director Rimas Tuminas).