Irina Makarova

Mezzo soprano

She received her professional education at the Voronezh State Academy of Arts (K.V. Gornova’s class) and at the Irina Arkhipova International Master-classes.
From 1994-98, she was a soloist with the Voronezh State Opera and Ballet Theatre.
From 1998-99, she sang for Moscow’s Novaya Opera Company.
Since 2001, she has been appearing at the Mariynsky Theatre.
In 2003, she made her debut at the Bolshoi Theatre.

Repertoire

Her repertoire at the Bolshoi includes:
Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera)
Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride)
Lyubov (Mazeppa)
Helene Bezukhova (War and Peace)

Her repertoire also includes:
Azucena (Il Trovatore)
Amneris (Aida)
Eboli (Don Carlos)
Olga (Eugene Onegin)
Polina, the Countess (The Queen of Spades)
Ratmir (Ruslan and Lyudmila)
Konchakovna (Prince Igor)
Marfa (Khovanshchina)
Marina Mnishek (Boris Godunov)
The Princess (Rusalka)
Princess de Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur)
Title role (Carmen)
Dalila (Samson et Dalila)
Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana)

Tours

She often participates in music festivals, for instance: Irina Arkhipova presents, Mariynsky in Baden-Baden; the Verdi Festival in Poznan, the Paderewski Festival in the city of Bydgoszcz (Poland). She also sang at a gala performance at the Karlsruhe opera-house.

In 2003, she sang Amneris at the Stars of the White Nights Festival, in Saint-Petersburg; she appeared in a project of Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya dedicated to the opening of the memorial Church on the Blood in Yekaterinburgh (Marfa in Khovanshchina); she appeared in the Mussorgsky song cycle Songs and Dances of Death, with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia conducted by Vladimir Spivakov, on the occasion of the opening of Moscow’s International House of Music; she sang the title role in a production of Mussorgsky’s Salammbo in Munich (a concert performance conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich).

In 2004, she sang Amneris at a premiere performance of Aida, directed by Dmitri Tchernyakov, at the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Not long before this premiere, she sang Amneris at the 23rd International Chaliapin Festival. In the same year she sang this role at the May Opera Evenings Festival in Skopje (Macedonia). In April, 2004, she gave a solo concert at Moscow’s International House of Music. In October of the same year, she took part in a performance of the song cycle Songs and Dances of Death at the 7th International Vladimir Kraynev invites Competition (Kiev). In November of the same year she took part in a performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony at the Big Hall of Moscow Conservatoire (conductor Teodor Currentzis).

In January-February 2005, she sang the role of Eboli in a new production of Don Carlos in Bielefeld (Germany). In april 2005 she took part in a concert performance of Nabucco at Moscow’s International House of Music (conductor Daniel Lipton). In September-October of the same year she sang Solokha (Tchaikovsky's The Slippers) at La Scala.

In 2006, she sang Amneris at La Scala (conductor Riccardo Chailly).

In 2007, she took part in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (conductor Mikhail Pletnev) and of Mahler’s Second Symphony at the Big Hall of Moscow Conservatoire (conductor Teodor Currentzis).

In 2008, she sang Azucena at Teatro Massimo (Catania), Santuzza at Mikhailovsky Theatre (Saint-Petersburg), took part in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem at De Doelen concert hall (Rotterdam).

Awards

She has won prizes at the following competitions: Glinka Competition (1997), Tchaikovsky Competition (1998), Yelena Obraztsova Competition (1999), Byul-Byul Competition (2000), Boris Christoff Competition (2000), Stanislaw Moniuszko Competition (Warsaw, 2001), The Amber Nightingale Competition. She won an award from the Irina Arkhipova Fund (bronze medal, 2004). Received a Golden Mask National Theatre Prize for the best female role nomination for her performance in the role of Amneris in Aida (2005).


Main Stage 1 Teatralnaya ploschad (1 Theatre Square), Moscow, Russia
New Stage 4/2 Teatralnaya ploschad (4/2 Theatre Square), Moscow, Russia