Elena Zhidkova

Mezzo-soprano

Vita

Mezzo soprano Elena Zhidkova made her professional debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She appeared at the Bayreuth Festival. Claudio Abbado invited her for the concert version of Parsifal, for Schumann’s Faustszenen and for his farewell concert at the Berlin Philharmonic where she appeared again in Händel’s Jephta under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

At the Teatro Real in Madrid she debuted as Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) and as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde. A highly sought after guest performer in Tokyo as well she could be heard at the New National Theatre Tokyo among others as Octavian (Rosenkavalier), Fricka (Ring des Nibelungen) and Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde). She debuted very successfully as Judith in Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle at the Teatro alla Scala, a role she has also created at the Barbican Hall London with the London Symphony Orchestra under Valéry Gergiev (published on CD). 

Her interpretation of Judith (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle) at the Mariinsky Theatre gained her the „Golden Mask“ award as best singing actress in Russia. She was invited to sing the same part under Seiji Ozawas at the Saito Kinen Festival (also published on CD). Her appearance as Fricka (Ring des Nibelungen) could be witnessed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and in the new production of the tetralogy at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

She could be seen as Venus in Tannhäuser at the Semperoper Dresden and sang Marie (Wozzeck) with the BBC Orchestra under Donald Runnicles. As Kundry (Parsifal) she appeared in Lyon, Mannheim and Düsseldorf. Successful performances include furthermore La Principessa di Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur), The Foreign Princess (Rusalka) and Eboli (Don Carlo) at the Wiener Staatsoper, Charlotte (Werther) under Michel Plasson, as well as her debut as Ortrud (Lohengrin).

She enjoyed great success as Didon in Berlioz’ Les Troyens and as Amneris in Aida at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Opéra Bastille Paris.

2018-11-14

Repertoire

Bartok HERZOG BLAUBARTS BURG Judith
Bellini BEATRICE DI TENDA Agnese del Maino
Berg WOZZECK Marie
Berlioz LE TROYENS Didon
Bizet CARMEN Carmen
Cilea ADRIANA LECOUVREUR La Principessa di Bouillon
Donizetti LA FAVORITA Leonora di Gusman
Mascagni CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Santuzza
Massenet WERTHER Charlotte
Mussorgsky BORIS GODUNOW Marina Mnischek
Strauss ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Der Komponist
Strauss DER ROSENKAVALIER Octavian
Verdi DON CARLO Eboli
  UN GIORNO DI REGNO Giulietta di Kelbar
Wagner DAS RHEINGOLD Fricka
  DIE WALKÜRE Fricka
  GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Waltraute
  LOHENGRIN Ortrud
  PARSIFAL Kundry
  RIENZI Adriano
  TANNHÄUSER Venus
  TRISTAN UND ISOLDE Brangäne