Yelena Okolysheva (Mezzo-soprano)|
In 1990, she completed her training at the Moscow State Conservatoire and went on to do post-graduate studies there (Yelena Obraztsovaís class). In 1991, she made her debut at the Landes Theatre, Salzburg, as Emilia in Otello. In the same year she won the Min-On Competition in Tokyo, and later on the Bellini Competition in Italy.
In 1991, she was accepted as a probationer at the Bolshoi Theatre, being promoted to soloist in 1992.
Her Bolshoi Theatre repertoire includes the following roles:
Dunyasha (Rimsky-Korsakovís The Tsarís Bride)
Innkeeper, Fyodor (Mussorgskyís Boris Godunov)
Laura (Dargomyzhskyís The Stone Guest)
Olga (Eugene Onegin)
Flora (La Traviata)
Polina (The Queen of Spades)
Ines (Il Trovatore)
Alice (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Smeraldina, Nicoletta (Prokofievís The Love for Three Oranges)
Amaranta (Paisielloís La Molinara)
Curra, Preziosilla (La Forza del Destino)
Female street vendor (Desyatnikovís The Children of Rosenthal)
Laura (Tchaikovskyís Iolanta)
Also in repertoire:
Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana)
Eboli (Don Carlo)
Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera)
Azucena (Il Trovatore)
the mezzo-soprano roles in Verdiís Requiem, Mozartís Requiem, Tchaikovskyís Moskva and Prokofievís Alexander Nevsky Cantatas, Pergolesiís Stabat Mater, J.S. Bachís St. John Passion, Handelís Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus, J.S. Bachís B Minor Mass.
She has toured with the Bolshoi Theatre Opera Company in Austria, Italy, South Korea, China and Latvia.
Since 1997, she has had many engagements abroad. She has sang Olga (Eugene Onegin) at the Paris Opera-Comique and she has appeared in concert programmes in Amsterdam, Dusseldorf , Antwerp and Brussels. In 1999, she appeared frequently in the States, including performances of Amneris (Aida) in the cities of Palm Desert, Kalamaza, New Orleans, Atlanta. She has toured with oratorio and chamber music programmes in the cities of Spain. In the Madrid Auditorium Concert Hall, she sang the part of The Girl (Alexander Nevsky). In 2001, she sang Marina Mnishek (Boris Godunov) in Seoul. In 2004, in the West Palm Beach Concert Hall, she took part in a performance of Tchaikovskyís Moskva Cantata, and she sang Flora (La Traviata) in the cities of Athens, Atlanta, Stony Brook, Winstom Salem. In 2005, she sang Polina (The Queen of Spades) at the San Carlo Opera House in Naples (conductor Jerzy Semkow, director Francesca Zambello). She appeared in solo concerts and sang Marta (Iolanta) in Tokyo and Nagano. In 2006, she took part in concert programmes on the stage of the ancient Greco-Roman theatre in Aspendos (Turkey). In 2007, she appeared at David Oistrakh Festival in Parnu (Estonia).
Rimsky-Korsakovís oratorio From Homer, conductor Evgeny Svetlanov, 1992
Rimsky-Korsakovís May Night Ė Mayor's sister-in-law, conductor Andrei Chistyakov, 1994
Le Nozze di Figaro Ė Cherubino, conductor Oleg Zverev, 1994
Rimsky-Korsakovís The Tsarís Bride Ė Dunyasha, conductor Andrei Chistyakov, 1996
Tchaikovskyís music for Alexander Ostrovskyís drama The Snow Maiden Ė Lehl, conductor Igor Golovchin, 1996
Rimsky-Korsakovís Vera Sheloga Ė title role, conductor Igor Golovchin, 1997
Arias by Russian and Foreign Composers, conductor Nikolai Alexeyev, 1999
M. Fyodorovaís rock-opera I Will Wait for You Ė The Mother, 1999
Tchaikovskyís Romances, I. Solovyova (piano), 2004.