The soprano Elena Stikhina graduated in 2012 from the Moscow Conservatory, where she studied with Larisa Rudakova, and subsequently participated in opera masterclasses with Vasily Barkhatov and Peter Konwitschny. She won the 2014 Competizione dell’Opera in Linz and won both the Audience Prize and CulturArte Prize at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition in 2016.
Since 2014, Stikhina has been a Primorsky Stage soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok, where she has sung the title role in Puccini’s Tosca, Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen and Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s La traviata. The rising Russian star has also appeared in a number of European opera productions, including a successful first engagement at the Opéra National de Paris as Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Yevgeny Onegin.
Following her US debut singing Tosca at the Boston Lyric Opera in October 2017, The Boston Globe wrote, ‘Stikhina’s voice has unusual allure, catching the ear with its combination of glow and penetration, lightness and strength.’
Stikhina will be making her first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the 2018–19 season