Irina Dolzhenko

Born in Tashkent. In 1983 graduated from the Tashkent State Conservatoire (class of R. Yusupova) and was invited to the opera troupe of the Natalia Sats Children’s Music Theatre Company. Participated in productions of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre.

Trained in Italy under Mietta Sighele and Giorgio Luchetti (her performance at the International Competition of Vocalists Belvedere won her a prize – a training in Rome) and in France under Régine Crespin.

Undertook an acting course at the State University of New York at Albany.

In 1995 debuted at the Bolshoi Theatre as Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro). Since 1996 has been a soloist with the opera troupe of the Bolshoi Theatre.

In 2013-2016 was artistic director of the opera troupe of the Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Special prize of the All-Union Glinka Competition of Vocalists
Title of People’s Artist of Russia
Title of Honoured Artist of Russia

Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro)
Amelfa (The Golden Cockerel)
Marina Mnishek, Innkeeper, Xenia’s Nurse (Boris Godunov)
Amneris (Aida)
Laura, Marta (Iolanta) 
Adalgisa (Norma, concert performance)
Azucena (Il trovatore)
Morozova (The Oprichnik)
Blanche (The Gambler by Prokofiev, the first edition)
Preziosilla (La forza del destino) – the first performer at the Bolshoi Theatre
Princess de Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur) – the first performer at the Bolshoi Theatre
Naina (Ruslan and Ludmila)
Fenena (Nabucco)
Margarita (La Damnation de Faust, concert performance)
Lehl, Spring (The Snow Maiden)
Olga, Filippyevna (Eugene Onegin)
Lyubov (Mazeppa)
Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride)
Marfa (Khovanshchina)
Suzuki (Madama Batterfly)
Third Lady (Die Zauberflote)
Polina, Milovzor, Countess, Governess (The Queen of Spades)
Carmen (Carmen)
Margret (Wozzeck)
Annina (Der Rosenkavalier)
Nenila (The Enchantress)
Flora Bervoix (La Traviata)
Giovanna (Rigoletto)
Soprano (The Tale of the Priest and of his Workman Balda by Pravednikov, the performance of The Fables of the Vixen, the Duckling and Balda)
Grandmother (The Story of Kai and Gerda by Banevich)
Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Ježibaba (Rusalka)
Old mother Babarikha (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)

Also performed the mezzo-soprano parts in the Requiems by Mozart and Verdi, Stabat Mater by Dvořák, Pergolesi and Vivaldi, Gloria by Vivaldi, the cantata At the Reading of a Psalm and Symphony No. 1 by Taneyev, the cantata Alexander Nevsky by Prokofiev and the cantata Moskva by Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven, Symphony No. 2 by Mahler and other compositions. 


Performed at the Paris National Opera, Theatre du Chatelet, Opera Bordeaux (France), Kammeroper in Vienna, Deutsche oper in Berlin, the Swedish Royal Opera (Stockholm), Cagliari’s Teatro Lirico, the Latvian National Opera, Estonia National Opera, he Macedonian Opera and Ballet, the Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), The New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv and other opera theatres.

Participated in several large festivals, such as Schonbrunn (Austria), Savonlinna (Finland), the Wexford Festival (Ireland), the Mozart Festival (France), the Stravinsky Festival in Arnhem (the Netherlands), the Trakai Music Festival (Lithuania), the Jerusalem Festival and others.

Gave concerts in Europe, the USA, Japan, Korea and Australia.

Collaborated with outstanding conductors, such as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Vladmir Fedoseyev, Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Yurovsky and others. 

Requiem by G. Verdi

conducted by M. Ermler

Ruslan and Lyudmila by M. Glinka

the part of Naina, conducted by A. Vedernikov, PentaTone сlassic

The Oprichnik by P. Tchaikovsky

the part of Morozova, conducted by G. Rozhdestvensky, Dynamic

A film was made about the work of Irina Dolzhenko Stars close up. Irina Dolzhenko (2002, Artsmediacenter, directed by N. Tikhonov).

General partner of the Bolshoi Theatre — insurance company «Ingosstrakh»
Privileged sponsor of the Bolshoi Theatre — Tinkoff Bank
Privileged partner of the Bolshoi Theatre — GUM