Olesya Golovneva


Russian soprano Olesya Golovneva, who has been distinguished already as “best singer of the year” for her performances as Anna Bolena and Luisa Miller, was nominated in 2019 for the German Theater prize FAUST for her interpreation of Rusalka at Cologne Opera. She opens the season making her role debut as Katia Kabanova at State Opera Hamburg. At Deutsche Oper am Rhein she will sing Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and again Violetta in La Traviata. Oper Frankfurt has engaged the singer as Elisabetta in Verdi‘s Don Carlo. As Valentine in Meyerbeer‘s Les Huguenots she returns to Deutsche Oper Berlin and will sing Tatjana in Eugen Onegin at Finnish National Opera.

In 2018/19 she sang Desdemona at Oper Frankfurt together with Roberto Saccà in Otello. After that she made her debut in the role of Simone-Amelia as well as her debut at the Opéra de Marseille. Staatstheater Wiesbaden presented the soprano as Tatjana in Eugen Onegin as well as Vitellia in Clemenza di Tito. She returned to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as Donna Anna and Don Carlo-Elisabetta, while Oper Köln presented her as Rusalka in a new production of the opera. At Konzerthaus Dortmund she appeared in Rachmaninov’s The Bells.

Ms. Golovneva achieved international acclaim in the 2016/17 season for her Valentine opposite to Juan Diego Florez in a new production of Meyerbeer‘s Les Huguenots at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Her engagements in 2017/18 included Adina in Donizetti‘s Elisir d‘ amore as well as Desdemona in Otello at Staatstheater Wiesbaden. The Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf also presented Ms. Golovneva in her role debut as Maria Stuarda, while she returned to Oper Köln as Traviata, performing the same role at Oper Bonn and in Antibes as well. Under the baton of Tomas Netopil she sang in Dvorak‘s Te Deum in Utrecht and Amsterdam.

Some of Ms. Golovneva’s important recent engagements included Mimi in La Bohème at Oper Frankfurt as well as Elisabetta in Don Carlo at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in Berlin with Dmitri Kitajenko conducting, Donna Anna in Düsseldorf, Lucia di Lammermoor at Oper Köln, and Gilda in Rigoletto at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Ms. Golovneva further made her debut as Tatjana in a new production of Eugen Onegin at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. She has also appeared in recital at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw.

In the 2014/15 season Ms. Golovneva made her role debut as Mathilde in Guillaume Tell at Oper Graz. As Iolanta, with Maestro Kitajenko conducting, she also had a triumph at Philharmonie Köln. She further returned to Düsseldorf in three of her most important roles: Violetta, Gilda and Donna Anna, while at Oper Frankfurt she made her debut as Rusalka under the baton of Sebastian Weigle. Ms. Golovenva has also been a guest at the Wiesbadener Maifestspiele as Violetta in Traviata, and returned to Cologne as Vitellia in Clemenza di Tito.

The 2013/14 season saw Ms. Golovena’s outstanding role debuts as Tatjana in Eugene Onegin in Cologne, and as Mimi (Bohème) at Malmö Opera. The Deutsche Oper am Rhein presented her as Violetta (Traviata) and she gave her house debut as Gilda (Rigoletto) under the baton of Stefan Blunier at Oper Zürich. Highlights of Ms. Golovneva’s 2012/13 season included her role debut as Luisa Miller in Malmö (available on DVD) and Düsseldorf, her first Anna Bolena in Cologne, as well as concerts with WDR Sinfonieorchester and Andrés Orozco-Estrada (Rossini Stabat Mater), and further concerts with Franz Welser-Möst (Schubert Mass in E-flat) at Musikverein Wien.

Ms. Golovneva made her roll debut as Violetta in a new production of La Traviata 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 has performed Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) in Cologne, the latter of which she has also performed at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. The magazine Opernglas has praised her as “discovery of the evening” for her Natascha in Cologne’s War and Peace. She added Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) to her repertoire in a new production at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 2011/12.

Ms. Golovneva has been guest with concert performances at venues such as Vienna Musikverein, Berliner Philharmonie, Dresden Philharmonie, Athens Concert Hall and in Budapest. She was born in Pskov in Russia and completed her initial studies in St. Petersburg after which she completed post-graduade studies “Lied and Oratorio” at the University of Music in Vienna with Prof. Robert Holl with distinction. She is an awardee of the N.Rimskyj-Korsakov competition and the International Vocal Competition’s-Hertogenbosch.