Not only the winner of first prize in the 2002 Operalia Competition but also a finalist of the 2003 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina is well on her way to having a major career.
Excelling in the Verdian and Russian repertoires, some of Elena's stand out roles include Marfa in Khovanschina, Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Ameris in Aida and Lyubov in Mazeppa.
The artist has had the privilege to have worked with numerous world-renowned conductors, such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Edward Gardner, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daniel Oren, appearing on the stages of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Washington National Opera, Opera de Paris, Canadian Opera, Teatro Municipale de Santiago and the Deutsche Oper Berlin among others.
Equally at home on the concert platform, Elena's lustrous voice has won much praise following such appearances as Mahler 8 with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl, Alexander Nevsky with the CBSO and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Verdi's Requiem at the Teatro Communale Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste.
Recent notable interpretations include a magnificent portrayal of Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress at the Glyndebourne Festival, Lyubov in Mazeppa at Monte Carlo Opera and Azucena in Il Trovatore at Canadian Opera.
In the coming seaons Elena will re-visit the role of Azucena at the Bayerischer Staatsoper and Teatro Municipale de Santiago, as well as Ulrica at the Theatre Capitole du Toulouse and at the Canadian Opera Company. She also continues her ongoing relationship with the Bolshoi Opera, performing regularly.
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