Soprano

Evelina Dobračeva

Engagements this season and beyond include Fidelio at Theater St Gallen, Rubenstein Moses with Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, Rachmaninov The Bells with Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Schoenberg Erwartung with Capella Cracoviensis and further concerts with the Odense Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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Introduction

Evelina Dobračeva began her career under the tuition of Professor Norma Sharp, Snezana Brzakovic and Professor Julia Varady at the Hanns Eisler Music College in Berlin.

Evelina’s discography includes Dargomyzhki’s Rusalka recorded with the WDR in Cologne, conducted by Mikhail Jurowski and Britten’s War Requiem recorded with the Nederlands Radio PO. She also features on the Rachmaninov Songs disc recorded with the pianist Iain Burnside, released on Delphian.


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Discography

 
  • Rachmaninov Songs More info  

    Label: Delphian

    Release Date: 10 Mar 14

    Evelina Dobračeva
    Ekaterina Siurina
    Justina Gringyte
    Daniil Shtoda
    Andrei Bondarenko
    Rodion Pogossov
    Alexander Vinogradov
    Iain Burnside

    Catalogue No: DCD34127

  • BRITTEN War Requiem More info  

    Label: Challenge Classics

    Release Date: 24 Jul 12

    Conductor: Jaap van Zweden and Reinbert de Leeuw

    Evelina Dobračeva
    Anthony Dean Griffey
    Mark Stone

    Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
    Netherlands Radio Choir
    Netherlands Children’s Choir

  • DARGOMYZHSKY Rusalka More info  

    Label: Profil, DDD

    Release Date: 19 Apr 10

    Conductor: Michail Jurowski

    Evelina Dobračeva
    Arutjun Kotchinian
    Vsevolod Grivnov
    Marina Prudenskaja
    Elena Bryleva
    WDR RO Köln

  • 05 May 17 PUCCINI Tosca
    Tusla Opera
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    “Evelina Dobraceva is a superb Tosca, deftly and clearly expressing the character’s ever-changing emotions with nuanced acting and powerful, richly colored singing.”

    James D. Watts Jr., Tulsaworld.com, 5 May 2017

  • 02 Dec 16 VERDI Requiem
    Usher Hall Edinburgh
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    “The soloists, soprano Evelina Dobraceva, mezzo Elizabeth DeShong, tenor Edgaras Montvidas and bass-baritone Hanno Muller-Brachmann, were phenomenal, adding real top-drawer status to the event.”
    Michael Tumelty, Herald Scotland, 4 December 2016

    “I found the combination of Evelina Dobraceva, the soprano, singing with Elizabeth DeShong, the mezzo-soprano, mesmerising.”
    Barnaby Miln, Edinburgh Guide, 3 December 2016

  • 27 Nov 16 PROKOFIEV Semyon Kotko
    Concertgebouw Amsterdam
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    “Soprano Evelina Dobračeva was fantastic as his fiancée, especially when Lyubka goes mad with grief after Tsaryov’s execution, a scene that reaches its fearful climax with brilliant layering of orchestral colours.”
    Jenny Camilleri, Bach Track, 28 November 2016

  • 29 Jul 16 PUCCINI Tosca
    Cincinnati Opera
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    “Evelina Dobračeva leaves no doubt that Floria Tosca is a diva, but her acting of the role is honest and down-to-earth. In addition to being a ravishing beauty, Ms. Dobračeva is an intelligent singer who inflects
    every word with meaning. And she can sing: the role is full of traps for any soprano not up to the task. Her two extended scenes with Mario and her Act II Vissi d’arte were beautifully sung, and her tug-of-war with Scarpia (also in Act II) allowed her to freely use parlando for those moments in which bel canto is not what’s needed.”
    Rafael de Acha, Seen and Heard, 24 July 2016

    “A stunning new production, a radiant soprano in the leading role and Puccini’s unforgettable melodies added up to a thrilling “Tosca” at Cincinnati Opera on Saturday. In her American operatic debut, Dobračeva proved to be an artist who possesses immense vocal gifts as well as natural dramatic instincts.

    Perhaps most refreshing was the vibrancy she brought to her character. This was a Tosca who was young, in love and full of vitality. In her charming display of jealousy at the portrait of Mary Magdalen, she unveiled a creamy voice that was able to soar over the large orchestra without a note of harshness.

    She magnificently communicated Tosca’s emotional journey… Then there was the famous aria, “Vissi d’arte,” a deeply affecting prayer, sung with mesmerizing beauty and palpable heartache.”

    Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com, 24 July 2016

  • 09 Nov 14 BRITTEN War Requiem
    Royal Albert Hall
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    “As Britten intended, the three soloists represented three of the main players in the second world war: Russia, Germany and the UK. Soprano Evelina Dobračeva cut through from the back of the platform with a similar authority to her great Russian predecessor, Galina Vishnevskaya.”
    Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 10 November 2014

  • 24 Apr 14 BRITTEN War Requiem
    Atlanta and Carnegie Hall
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    “Dobračeva, who had most recently performed “War Requiem” this past November in Edinburgh and Glasgow, brought both intensity and eminent presence to her part.”

    Mark Gresham, Arts Atlanta, 26 April 2014

    “Russian Evelina Dobracheva soared high–and clear–over the chorus, her passage in Libera Me was almost frightening in its drama.”
    Harry Rolnick, ConcertoNet, 2 May 2014

    “Evelina Dobraceva’s voice was gleaming, focused and powerful, though sometimes steely. Still, the integrity and fervor in her singing won me over…”
    Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 2 May 2014

  • 10 Mar 14 RACHMANINOV Rachmaninov Songs Disc
    Delphian Records
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    “But the early songs have their own power, and Oh Do Not Sing and Spring Waters have justly become classics of the repertoire. They are both attached with fervour here by Siurina and the wirier Vishnevskaya-like Evelina Dobraceva respectively.”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 27 February 2014

    “Dobraceva’s warmth in ‘Melodiya’ (‘Melody’, No 9). The men, too, excel in matters of characterisation and tonal colour.”
    Gramophone Magazine, 24 April 2014

    “The two soprano’s are top note perfect: Ekaterina Siurina, who shows surprising grit in the final sequence composed for the great Nina Koshetz, and the more heroic Evelina Dobraceva.”

    David Nice, BBC Music Magazine, 16 April 2014

    “The two sopranos, Ekaterina Siurina and Evelina Dobraceva, are sharply contrasted, the first light and lyric, the second more dramatic.”
    Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 24 April 2014

  • 16 Nov 13 BRITTEN War Requiem
    Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
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    “And the singing, from on high, of Russian soprano Evelina Dobraceva, replacing Susan Gritton, was lacerating in its intensity…”

    Michael Tumelty, The Herald Scotland, 18 November 2013

  • 15 Nov 13 BRITTEN War Requiem
    Usher Hall, Edinburgh
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    “Of the soloists, Evelina Dobraceva (replacing Susan Gritton) was a soaring ethereal presence, and notably exquisite in the Lacrimosa. The male duo – lyrical tenor Jeffrey Francis and soft-grained baritone Russel Braun – drew poignant humanity from Owen’s poetry.”

    Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman, 16 November 2013

  • 25 Jun 13 BRITTEN War Requiem
    St Paul's Cathedral
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    “Soprano Evelina Dobraceva, replacing Albina Shagimuratova, had something of the vocal tang and implacable delivery of Galina Vishnevskaya, for whom the part was written. ”

    Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 26 June 2013

  • 23 Jun 13 VERDI Attila
    Cologne Opera
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    “In der mitreißenden Interpretation der Sopranistin Evelina Dobraceva wurde bereits die Auftrittsarie der Odabella zu einem Ereignis. Sie meisterte diesen vokalen Parforce-Ritt mit Herz und Virtuosität.”
    Bernhard Hartmann, General Anzeiger, 23 June 2013

  • 02 Jul 11 BERG Altenberg Lieder
    Mini Mahler Festival, Philharmonie Berlin
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    “…The ensemble proves itself musically in the second half with the soprano Evelina Dobraceva, who, above all, securely masters her intonation and convinces us well in a sovereign perform-ance of Alban Berg´s Altenberg-Lieder…”
    Matthias Nöther, Berliner Zeitung, 2 July 2011

  • 02 Mar 10 VERDI Requiem
    Royal Festival Hall
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    “…I’ve left the best until last…Soprano Evelina Dobraceva was quite wonderful. She has a spinto-lyrical quality to her voice which enables her to easily assail the taxing soprano part and is not unlike Angela Gheorghiu or Katia Ricciarelli. Her contributions earlier on, where the soprano is mostly singing in ensemble with other soloists were extremely fine, vocally assured and radiant. On reaching “Libera me” one sensed she knew her big moment has arrived and she tensed up a little. Happily, she recovered to deliver ethereally floated high notes in the Andante reprise of the the Requiem’s opening section which were utterly divine and recalled Desdemona’s “Ave Maria”. She responded to the dramatic episodes with suitable spinto attack and her phrasing was supberb. I’d dearly love to see her in a staged Verdi role – Desdemona or Amelia in Boccanegra, perhaps? I see that Violetta is on the horizon as well. Ms Dobraceva represented Germany in the 2007 Cardiff Singer competition. I sincerely hope she will return for future London engagements soon. In this very successful, gripping performance, Hill’s fiery conducting and Dobraceva’s singing will live longest in the memory.”
    Mark Pullinger, Opera Brittanica, 6 March 2010

Repertoire

OPERA:

BEETHOVEN Fidelio(Leonore)
BOITO Mefistofele (Margarita)
BIZET Carmen (Micaela)
DARGOMYZHKI Rusalka
DVORAK Rusalka
JANACEK Katya Kabanova (Katya)
JANACEK Jenufa (Jenufa)
LEONCAVALLO Pagliacci (Nedda)
MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro (Contessa)
MOZART Cosi fan tutte (Fiordiligi)
MOZART Don Giovanni (Donna Anna)
MOZART Idomeneo (Elettra)
MOZART La Clemenza di tito (Vitellia)
OFFENBACH Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Antonia)
PROKOFIEV Semyon Kotko
PUCCINI La Boheme (Mimi)
PUCCINI Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta)
PUCCINI Tosca (title role)
PUCCINI Turandot (Liu)
PUCCINI La Rondine (Magda)
RACHMANINOV Aleko
STRAUSS Ariadne auf Naxos
SHOSTAKOVICH Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin (Tatyana)
TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta (Iolanta)
TCHAIKOVSKY Queen of Spades (Liza)
VERDI Attila (Odabella)
VERDI Falstaff (Alice Ford)
VERDI Simon Boccanegra (Amelia)
VERDI La traviata (Violetta)
WEBER Der Freischutz (Agathe)

CONCERT:

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
BRAHMS Requiem
BRITTEN War Requiem
BRITTEN The Poet’s Echo
DVORAK Stabat Mater
MAHLER Symphony No. 4
MOZART C Minor Mass
MOZART Requiem
ORFF Carmina Burana
PERGOLESI Stabat Mater
RACHMANINOV The Bells
STRAUSS Four Last Songs
VERDI Requiem