Ekaterina Bakanova

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Sensational young soprano Ekaterina Bakanova has made a significant mark in international music life with her lovely voice, enticing looks and wonderful performance. She has ever since her early student days in Russia shown that she possesses that little extra which makes organisers and opera houses sit up and take notice.
In 2015 she made her debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Musetta, staged by John Copley. Because of a sudden cancellation she also debuted as Violetta LA TRAVIATA,(staging Richard Eyre) with great succes. The Guardian wrote: ONE HELL OF A WAY TO MAKE A DEBUT
“Bakanova brought a no doubt partly adrenaline-fuelled dramatic intensity to the part and embodied the desperation, dramatic extremity, and existential plight of Violetta more completely than any other performance I have seen. […]
She had the audience spellbound from pretty well from her first notes, and her scintillating vocal power in the big numbers such as “Sempre Libera” brought the house down. […]

Recent engagements include appearances in highly prestigious venues like Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, Leipzig, Torre del Lago, La Fenice, Venice, Teatro Regio, Turin, Opéra de Montpéllier, Teatro Comunale, Florence, NCPA Bejing and Arena di Verona.
She has performed roles like Angelica (Haydn’s Orlando paladino) Gilda RIGOLETTO, Violetta LA TRAVIATA, Musetta LA BOHEME Micaëla CARMEN, Susanna DIE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Pamina DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE and Zerlina and Donna Anna DON GIOVANNI, the latter in Verona directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Other directors she has worked with include: Calixto Beito, Spinosi, Battistoni and Furlani.
In 2012 she won a prize in the 63rd Competition for Young Opera Singers in Europe - the role of Lucia di Lammermoor and a contract with the Circuito Lirico Lombardo. She sang the role in 2012/13 in a production by Henning Brockhaus and she will sing the role again in Modena and Parma, Italy in spring 2016 and in Tel Aviv in 16/17. She will appear as Micaëla in Teatro Massimo di Palermo in autumn 2016 and will return to ROH Covent Garden to sing Violetta in 2017.

Ekaterina Bakanova has won numerous prestigious awards and prizes.

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Repertoire
Opera Roles

Alfredo Catalani

LA WALLY Walter

Bedrich Smetana

HUBICKA Barce

Franz Joseph Haydn

Nelson Mass in B flat Major

Franz Léhar

DAS LAND DES LÄCHELNS Lisa

Gaetano Donizetti

DON PASQUALE/Norina
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR/Lucia

Georges Bizet

CARMEN/Michaëla
LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES Leïla

Giacomo Puccini

LA BOHEME/Musetta

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

LA SERVA PADRONA Serpina
Stabat Mater

Giuseppe Verdi

LA TRAVIATA/Violetta
RIGOLETTO/Gilda
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA/Oscar

Igor Stravinsky

THE RAKES PROGRESS/Anne

Jules Massenet

WERTHER/ Sophie

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral"

Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov

THE SNOW MAIDEN Snow Maiden

Vincenzo Bellini

I PURITANI/Elvira

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO/Susanna
DON GIOVANNI/Zerlina
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Pamina
Requiem KV 626
Exsultate, Jubilate KV 165
Review
One Hell of a Way to Make a Debut
The Guardian
There are always advantages to seeing a show at the end of its run rather than the opening night: the cast are on top of their vocal performances and their dramatic relationships, and with first-night anxieties out of the way, the musical co-ordination between orchestra pit and stage has had time to refine and relax. Which is what we in the audience might have expected on Saturday night at the last show of this season’s La Traviata at the Royal Opera House. But that ain’t what happened. As Director of Opera Kasper Holten explained, the evening’s scheduled Violetta, Sonya Yoncheva, had woken up unwell and by lunchtime was forced to cancel her appearance. Which left the Royal Opera in something of a pickle, to put it mildly. Astonishingly, however, they found a replacement from within their ranks: the Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova who was that morning also in the Opera House rehearsing the role of Musetta for her Covent Garden debut in Puccini’s La Bohème, on 9 July. With only five hours notice, Bakanova agreed to sing Violetta that evening. In fact she had a ticket for that evening’s performance anyway, so why not just leap on stage and take part instead? She did at least know the role, having sung it at La Fenice in Venice last year, but there was the small matter of having to learn a whole new production, the ins and outs of where she was supposed to sing on stage, how she would react to her co-principals, how she would negotiate her relationship with the conductor, and to deal with the psychological fact of making her debut in one of the world’s biggest opera houses in probably the most famous and one of the most demanding roles in the whole repertory. And she had no more than five hours in which to do it all. Ekaterina Bakanova as Violetta in La Fenice's Traviata Facebook Twitter Pinterest Bakanova as Violetta in La Fenice’s production. Photograph: Michele Crosera/La Fenice And she did, spectacularly. Except it wasn’t simply the sense of a job well done that the standing ovation she got was recognising. It was miracle enough that Bakanova managed the evening without a slip from Verdi’s score and, seemingly, without putting a foot, a facial gesture, or a prop in the wrong place in Richard Eyre’s luxuriant production. But she did something else. She had the audience spellbound from pretty well her first notes, and her scintillating vocal power in the big numbers such as Sempre Libera brought the house down. Bakanova brought a no doubt partly adrenaline-fuelled dramatic intensity to the part and embodied the desperation, dramatic extremity, and existential plight of Violetta more completely than any other performance I have seen. This was an essential, forceful reminder of the visceral verismo of Verdi’s music. She gave herself so completely to Verdi’s heroine that she made Violetta seem as if she was being created for the first time. Who knows? Saturday could turn out to be a night in Covent Garden’s history where a new operatic star just might have been born.
Press Service

Photo: Giacomo Orlando

Photo: Giacomo Orlando

Photo: Giacomo Orlando

Photo: Giacomo Orlando

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