Elena Manistina

Born in Saratov into an artistic family. Graduated from the Saratov Conservatory named after L.V. Sobinov. As a student, performed at the Saratov Opera and Ballet Theatre.

In 2000 graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (class of Irina Arkhipova), in 2002 — received a post-graduate degree there.

In 1999 was accepted into the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, in 2000 — into the opera troupe of the Bolshoi Theatre.   


2nd prize at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition

1st prize at the 10th International Placido Domingo competition Operalia (Paris)

3rd prize at the International Francisco Vinas Competition of Vocalists (Barcelona)


3rd prize at the International Glinka Competition


 1st prize at the International Byulbyul Competition (Baku)

Award from the festival Moscow Debuts (for the performance as Duenna in the opera Betrothal in a Monastery )

2nd prize  at the International Competition of Vocalists (China)

The Irina Arkhipova Fund award
Title of Honoured Artist of Russia
Repertoire at the Bolshoi

Governess (The Queen of Spades)

Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera)

Babulenka (The Gambler)

Nurse (Eugene Onegin)

Marta (Iolanta)

Amelfa (The Golden Cockerel)

Preziosilla (La Forza del destino)

Mistress Quickly (Falstaff)

Marfa (Khovanshchina)

Helene Bezukhova (War and Peace)

Marina Mnishek, Innkeeper (Boris Godunov)

Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride)

Alkonost (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and of the Maiden Fevronia)

Prince Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus)

Spring (The Snow Maiden)

Princess Evpraksia Romanovna (The Enchantress)

Epanchina (The Idiot by M. Weinberg)

Old Lady (Candide by L. Bernstein, theatrical concert performance) — the first performer at the Bolshoi Theatre

Vlasyevna (The Maid of Pskov, concert performance)

Ježibaba (Rusalka) — the first performer at the Bolshoi Theatre

Madame Larina (Eugene Onegin)

Mezzo-soprano part (the ballet A Hero of Our Time by I. Demutsky, part Bela)

Babarikha (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)

Also in her repertoire

Duenna (Betrothal in a Monastery)

Ratmir (Ruslan and Ludmila)

Marta (Iolanta)

Countess (The Queen of Spades)

The voice of Antonia’s mother (Les Contes d’ Hoffmann)

Azucena (Il trovatore)

Sosostris (The Midsummer Marriage by M. Tippett)

Amneris (Aida)

The Fortune-teller (The Fiery Angel)

Kashcheyevna (Kashchey the Immortal)

Lyubov (Mazeppa)

Tigrana (Edgar)

Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress)

Nurse (The Demon


Performed at the Royal Opera in Covent Garden, the Paris National Opera, the Theatre du Chatelet (Paris), Opera Bordeaux, the Avignon Opera, Ópera de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), Arena di Verona, the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Carlo Felice (Genoa), the Monte-Carlo Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche oper in Berlin, Frankfurt Opera, La Theatre de la Monnaie (Brussels), the Flemish Opera, the Malmö Opera, the Dublin Opera, the Mariinsky Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), the Teatro Municipal Santiago-de-Chile and many other theatres.

Participated in the Munich Opera Festival, the Athens Epidaurus Festival and the Glyndebourne Festival. 

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