Alexandra Durseneva

Born in Kharkov into an artistic family. Graduated from the Kharkov State Pedagogical Institute and the Kharkov Institute of the Arts (vocal department, class of Tamara Veske).

In 1991—94 was a soloist with the Kharkov Opera Theatre named after M.V. Lysenko.

In 1994 was accepted into the opera troupe of the Bolshoi Theatre. 

2nd award of the International Glinka Competition of Vocalists
 3rd award of the International Moniuzsko Singing Competition (Warsaw)
Title of Honoured Artist of Russia
Prize for the best performance of compositions by M. Glinka
1st award of the International Competition of Chamber Singing Amber Nightingale (Kaliningrad)

Countess , Governess (The Queen of Spades by P. Tchaikovsky)

Amelfa (The Golden Cockerel by N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

Vanya (Ivan Susanin by M. Glinka)

Xenia’s Nurse, Innkeeper (Boris Godunov by M. Mussorgsky)

Konchakovna (Prince Igor by A. Borodin)

Marta (Iolanta by P. Tchaikovsky)

Marfa (Khovanshchina by M. Mussorgsky)

Ratmir (Ruslan and Ludmila by M. Glinka)

Nurse (Eugene Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky)

Princess Clarice (The Love for Thee Oranges by S. Prokofiev)

Basmanov (The Oprichnik by P. Tchaikovsky)

Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride by N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress by I. Stravinsky)

Princess de Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur by F. Cilea)

Mother Superior (The Fiery Angel by S. Prokofiev)

Sonyetka (The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by D. Shostakovich)

Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera by G. Verdi)

Spring (The Snow Maiden by N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

Fenena (Nabucco by G. Verdi)

Giovanna (Rigoletto by G. Verdi)

Soprano (The Tale of the Priest and of his Workman Balda by A. Pravednikov, the performance of The Fables of the Vixen, the Duckling and Balda)

Mezzo-soprano/ The Porter/ The Wind (the ballet Nureyev by I. Demutsky)

Foma Nazaryich’s Wife (Sadko by N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

Babarikha (The Tale of Tsar Saltan by N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

Her concert repertoire includes works by M. Glinka, P. Tchaikovsky, M. Mussorgsky, N. Rimsky-Korsakov, A. Borodin, S. Rachmaninov, G. Verdi, G. Bizet, C. Saint-Saëns, A. Dvořák, R. Wagner, K. Weil and many more.  


Performed at the Paris National opera, the Royal Opera in Covent Garden, La Scala, Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Teatro Lirico Cagliari, the Royal Danish Opera (Copenhagen), the Dutch National Opera, the Norwegian Opera, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Valencia), theatres in Dublin, Leipzig, Jena, as well as such concert hall as Salle Pleyel (Paris), the Konzerthaus (Vienna) and the Concertgebau (Amsterdam).

Participated in several large festivals, such as Glyndebourne Festival (UK), the Bregenz Music Festival (Austria), the Stravinsky Festival in Arnhem (the Netherlands) and others.

Performed with outstanding conductors: Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Mark Ermler, Andrei Chistyakov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir and Dmitri Jurowski, Zoltán Peskó, Mikhail Pletnev, Eliahu Inbal, Gintaras Rinkevičius and Evelino Pido.

Participated in productions by leading directors, such as Harry Kupfer, Peter Ustinov, Tim Hopkins, Lamberto Pugelli, Graham Vick, Francesca Zambello, David Pountney, Temur Chkheidze, Alexander Sokurov, Valery Fokin, Eimuntas Nekrošius and Robert Carsen.  

The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and of the Maiden Fevronia by N. Rimsky-Korsakov

the part of Alkonost, conducted by V. Fedoseyev, Koch Schwann

The Demon by A. Rubinstein

the part of Nurse, conducted by V. Fedoseyev, Koch Schwann

The Oprichnik by P. Tchaikovsky

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

Ruslan and Ludmila by M. Glinka

the part of Ratmir, conducted by A. Vedernikov, PentaTone

Betrothal in the Monastery by S. Prokofiev

the part of Duenna conducted by V. Jurowski

Aleko by S. Rachmaninov

the part of An Old Gipsy Woman, conducted by V. Fedoseyev, Relief

Alexandra Durseneva. Russian Songs


Romances of 20th Century

piano part by Vladimir Slobodyan, Melodia

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