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Irina Chistyakova (Mezzo-soprano)

Biography

Born in Moscow. In 1989, she completed her studies at the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music. While still a student, she became soloist with the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music Theatre Studio and, in 1990 - leading soloist with the Novaya Opera Company. In 1997-2005 - soloist with the Moscow Philarmonia.

Repertoire

Fides (Meyerbeer’s Le Prophete)
Azucena (Il Trovatore)
Eboli (Don Carlos)
Amneris (Aida)
Laura (Ponchielli’s La Gioconda)
Bozhena (Dvorak’s Vanda)
Jezibaba (Dvorak’s Rusalka)
Ratmir (Glinka‘s Ruslan and Lyudmila)
Marina Mnishek (Mussorgsky‘s Boris Godunov
The Countess and Polina (The Queen of Spades)
The Mother (Stravinsky’s Mavra)
Akhrosimova (Prokofiev‘s War and Peace)

And also: Verdi’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite messe solenelle, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Das Lied von der Erde, and Symphony No. 2 and 3., Brahms’ Rhapsody to verse by Goethe, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Scriabin’s Symphony No. 1, Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible.

Tours

She has a busy touring schedule in the USA, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Sweden, Spain. She has appeared at such prestigious opera houses and concert halls as the Carnegie Hall (New York), Lincoln Center (Washington), Royal Albert Hall (London), Grand Opera and Opera Bastille (Paris), Opera Royal de Wallonie (Liege) and the Bern Stadttheater, Genova’s Teatro Carlo Felice, concert halls in Turin, Munster, Cologne, Goteborg, Baltimore.
She has taken part in the Salzburg Festival, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, Canary Islands Music Festival. She has appeared with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Neemi Yarvi, Daniele Gatti, Leonard Slatkin, Will Humburg, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Paul Kogan, Vasily Sinaysky, Valery Polyansky.

Discography

Il Trovatore - Azucena, conductor Will Humburg, Naxos, 1994
Vanda - Bozhena, conductor Gerd Albrecht, Orfeo, 2001
Ivan the Terrible - conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev, Nimbus, 2000
The Queen of Spades - The Countess, conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev, Relief, 2002
CD with arias and scenes from the operas of Verdi.

Awards

In 1993, she won the grand prix at the Francisco Viсas Competition for Singers, Barcelona.



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