Olesya Golovneva

Biography

Russian soprano Olesya Golovneva, who has been awarded as “best singer of the year” for her performances as Anna Bolena and Luisa Miller, opened the season 2016/17 with her highly acclaimed role debut as Valentine opposite to Juan Diego Florez in the new production of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Afterwards she returned to Oper Frankfurt for a series of La Boheme (Mimi) and to Deutsche Oper am Rhein for Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlo. At the Finnish National Opera Helsinki she will make her debut as Tatjana in a new production of Eugen Onegin. In Amsterdam she will be heard in a recital together with Sergej Leiferkus. In Berlin she will appear in concert performances of Tschaikowsky’s Iolanta with Dmitri Kitajenko, who has conducted as well the highly praised complete recording of this opera with Golovneva singing the title role.

In the season 2015/16 Golovneva made her role debut as Elisabetta in Don Carlo at Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf and sang for the first time Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Cologne Opera. At Deutsche Oper Berlin she appeared again as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto.

In the season 2013/14 she made her role debut as Mathilde in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell in the opening production of Oper Graz. She had a triumph as Tschaikowski’s Iolanta in concert performances of Gürzenich Orchester Cologne with Dmitrij Kitajenko conducting. Golovneva returned to Deutsche Oper am Rhein with three of her most important roles: Violetta, Gilda and Donna Anna. At Oper Frankfurt she will made her house and role debut as Rusalka with Sebastian Weigle conducting. The artist was guest of Wiesbadener Maifestspiele as Violetta in Traviata and returned to Oper Köln as Vitellia in Clemenza di Tito.

2013/14 the artist made her outstanding role debuts as Tatjana in Eugene Onegin in Cologne and as Mimi (Bohème) at Malmö Opera. Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf presented her as Violetta (Traviata) and she gave her house debut as Gilda (Rigoletto) under the baton of Stefan Blunier at Oper Zurich. Highlights of the season 2012/13 included her role debut as Luisa Miller in Malmö (meanwhile available on DVD) and Düsseldorf, her first Anna Bolena in Cologne as well as concerts with WDR and Andrés Orozco-Estrada (Rossini Stabat Mater) and with with Franz Welser-Möst conducting (Schubert Messe in Es-Dur) at Musikverein Wien.

Her successful way into a more dramatic vocal fach she started already before. In a new production of La Traviata in Dresden she made her debut as Violetta under Fabio Luisi. Violetta has become one of her most important roles, which she performed in Cologne, Prague, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Dresden and Japan. She sang Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) in Cologne as well as Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) which she also performed at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. The magazine Opernglas praised her as "discovery of the evening" for her Natascha in Cologne’s Krieg und Frieden. She added Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) to her repertoire in a new production at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 2011/12.

Olesya Golovneva started career as ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera in 2005/06, where she made her successful debut as Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte). In the very same role she was guest at major opera houses in Berlin, Vienna, Leipzig, Hannover, Stuttgart, Luxembourg and Aix-en-Provence. She had tremendous success in further coloratura roles such as Zerbinetta in Leipzig, Olympia and Gilda at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Her Olympia debut was followed by the other female roles in Les Contes d' Hoffmann in Malmö in 2010/11.

Olesya Golovneva’s concert repertoire includes Stavinskys Les Noces, Fauré Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana and concert performances of Russian operas (Rimsi - Korsakov's The Night Before Christmas, Stravinsky Mavra) performing at venues such as Vienna Musikverein, Berliner Philharmonie, Dresden Philharmonie, Athens Concert Hall and in Budapest.

The soprano comes from Pskov in Russia and completed her studies in St. Petersburg as well as a post-graduade study “Lied and Oratorio” at the University of Music in Vienna with Prof. Robert Holl with distinction. She is awardee of the N.Rimskyj-Korsakov competition and the International Vocal Competition’s-Hertogenbosch.