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Olga Kondina (Soprano)

Born: Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg), Russia

The Russian soprano, Olga Kondina, graduated from the Ural State Conservatoire in violin studies (class of Professor Gashinsky) in 1980, and in solo singing (class of Professor Rodionova) in 1982. From 1983 to 1985 she continued her studies as a postgraduate at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatoire in Moscow (class of Professor Arkhipova). She was Prize-winner at the Glinka All-Union Vocalists Competition (Moscow, 1984), Diploma-winner at an International Vocalists Competition (Italy, 1986), Prize-winner and Holder of a Special Award for Best Soprano at the Francesco Viñas International Competition (Barcelona, Spain, 1987).

Olga Kondina has been a leading soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre since 1985. Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes: Lyudmila (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Ksenia (Boris Godunov), Prilepa (The Queen of Spades), Iolante (Iolante), Sirin (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia), The Queen of Shemakha (The Golden Cockerel), The Nightingale (The Nightingale), Ninetta (The Love for Three Oranges), Florid Lady (The Gambler), Anastasia (Peter I), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Norina (Don Pasquale), Maria (La fille du régiment), Maria Stuarda (Maria Stuarda), Gilda (Rigoletto), Violetta (La traviata), Oscar (Un Ballo in maschera), Voice from Heaven (Don Carlo), Alice (Falstaff), Mimi (La bohème), Genevieve (Suor Angelica), Liu (Turandot), Leila (Les pêcheurs de perles), Manon (Manon), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) , The Queen of the Night and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), the Magical Maid Klingsor (Parsifal).

Olga Kondina's extensive chamber repertoire includes a number of solo programmes of works by French, Italian and German composers. She has also performed the soprano parts in Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, L.v. Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) and St John Passion (BWV 245), George Frideric Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah, Verdi's Requiem, and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 9.

Olga Kondina has toured with the Mariinsky Theatre and independently in Europe, America and Japan; she has performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Olga Kondina is a member of the jury of a number of international singing competitions (including the "Three Centuries of the Classical Romance" International Festival-Competition and the William Stenhammar International Music Competition), and is a lecturer in the singing class at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire in St Petersburg. For two years she has been in charge of the Department of the History and Theory of Vocal Art. Her pupils include: Yulia Novikova, a prizewinner at international competitions and a soloist at the Bonn Opera Theatre; Olga Senderskaya, a prizewinner at international competitions; Andrey Zemskov, a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre's Academy for Young Opera Singers and a visiting student at the Strasbourg Opera Theatre; Yelena Vitis, winner of a diploma at an international competition and a soloist at the "Zazerkalye" Children's Music Theatre; and Yevgeny Nagovitsyn, a soloist with the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company.

Olga Kondina's discography includes the CD recordings Russian Classical Romances (1993), Sparrow Oratorio: The Four Seasons (1993), Ave Maria (1994), Reflections (1996, with the Andreyev Academic Russian Orchestra), Ten Brilliant Arias (1997) and Unique baroque music (with Erik Kurmangaliev, conductor Alexander Rudin). She performed the role of Gilda in Viktor Okuntsov's film of the opera Rigoletto (1987), and also took part in the recording of the music for Sergey Kuriokhin's film The Designer (1999).

Olga Kondina is People's Artist of Russia.

“In the extremely demanding role of Leïla <Georges Bizet’s opera Les Pêcheurs de perles> Olga Kondina demonstrated an ever-radiant timbre, the excellent technique of a lyrical coloratura soprano (the pianissimo in the upper notes deserved the highest praise) and ‘clever’ singing, filled with meaning. Her performance was inspired and at the same time virtuoso…” - Opera News
“Guests received Olga Kondina, Mariinsky Theatre soloist, prize-winner in the category ‘Best operatic voice of the year’ and everyone’s favourite ‘Nightingale of St Petersburg’ with particular warmth. Her most recent performance drew true delight from the audience which almost ruined the organisers’ script because of the lengthy applause…” - Sankt-Peterburgskie Vedomosti

Source: Mariinsky Theatre Website; Wilhelm Stenhammar Internationell Music Competition Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2012)

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Olga Kondina (Mariinsky Theatre)

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