Yulia Matochkina

The operatic career of mezzo-soprano Yulia Matochkina has been constantly linked with the Mariinsky Theatre, where she began as a student of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and then became a lead soloist with the opera company proper. She made her Mariinsky Theatre debut as Cherubino in Le nozze de Figaro in 2009. She gained international recognition after winning the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015.

The singer’s repertoire currently consists of more than 30 roles. In recent seasons, it has expanded to include such major works as Amneris in Aida, Marfa in Khovanshchina, Kundry in Parsifal, Venus in Tannhäuser, Lyubasha in The Tsar’s Bride and Marguerite in La damnation de Faust, among others. In November 2018, she made her Bolshoi Theatre debut in the title role of Carmen.

She appears frequently at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Opera di Roma and the Los Angeles Opera. In 2019, she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival, where she sang the role of Federica in a concert performance of Verdi’s Luisa Miller. Last season, she appeared in a recital and in Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust at the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, took part in a festival of Berlioz’s music in La Côte-Saint-André and performed on Mariinsky Theatre tours to Paris, Tokyo, Hamburg, Munich and Baden-Baden.

Her concert repertoire consists Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s and Verdi’s requiems, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mahler’s Symphonies No. 2 and 8, Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible, Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass, Mahler’s Das klagende Lied and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.

She has been a regular guest at the Moscow Easter Festival and the Stars of the White Nights Festival, as well as the Mikkeli (Finland) and Baden-Baden festivals. She has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival (Les Troyens, Alexander Nevsky), Verbier Festlval (Die Walküre) and BBC Proms (Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass). As part of a Mariinsky tour, she sang Brangäne in the concert version of Tristan und Isolde at the Gran Teatro del Liceu. With the Mariinsky Opera, she has toured Austria, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, China, the United States and Spain.