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BIOGRAPHY

Vasilisa Berzhanskaya*

Russian mezzo-soprano Vasilisa Berzhanskaya studied with Ruzanna Lisitsian at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Since 2015/16 she has been a member of the Bolshoi Theatre’s Youth Opera Programme, where she has been studying with Dmitry Vdovin.

Vasilisa Berzhanskaya began her professional career in 2014 as a guest soloist with the Vladivostok Opera Theatre. As a concert singer she has appeared not only at the Musical Olympus Festival in New York’s Carnegie Hall but also in the Zurich Tonhalle, St Petersburg’s Philharmonic Hall and Singapore’s Victoria Concert Hall.

During the 2016/17 season she was heard as Marchesa Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims) as part of the Accademia Rossiniana at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and as Despina (Così fan tutte) and Modestina (Il viaggio a Reims) at the Bolshoi, where she also covered the role of Melibea.

Among the conductors with whom she has worked are Vladimir Fedoseyev, Giacomo Sagripanti, Tugan Sokhiev, Fabio Mastrangelo, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Anton Lubchenko, Peter Feranec, Felix Korobov, Evgeny Bushkov and Sesto Quatrini.

Vasilisa Berzhanskaya has attended numerous masterclasses and won many prizes, including the Grand Prix at the 2016 International Muslim Magomaev Singing Competition in Moscow and, in 2014, a second prize in both the Grand Opera Competition run by the Russian television channel Kultura and the Russian National Music Competition in Moscow. That same year she also won both the second prize and a special prize at the Elena Obraztsova International Chamber Music Competition in St Petersburg.

From the start of the 2017/18 season Vasilisa Berzhanskaya will be joining the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. In the course of the season she will also be singing Angelina (La Cenerentola) at the Basel Theatre. As a participant in the 2017 Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project Vasilisa Berzhanskaya is taking the part of Madame Pfeil in The Impresario for Children.

Current as of August 2017

Vasilisa Berzhanskaya*, ©  Salzburger Festspiele / Anne Zeuner

Vasilisa Berzhanskaya*, © Salzburger Festspiele / Anne Zeuner

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Vasilisa Berzhanskaya*