Oxana Volkova

Oxana Volkova was born in Minsk. She graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Music, vocal class of Professor Lidia Galushkina. In 2002, was invited to the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus. In 2009 Oxana Volkova joined the Bolshoi Theatre Young Artists Program (Director Professor Dmitry Vdovin). Since 2010 she has been a guest soloist with the Bolshoi Theatre Opera Company. 

She received international acclaim after her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013 where she sang Maddalena (Rigoletto). In the 2017/2018 season Oksana has also made her Salzburg Festival debut under Mariss Jansons as Polina in The Queen of Spades.

The singer’s repertoire amounts to over 20 operatic roles. Her engagements on the European opera stage include Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) at La Scala and in Geneva and Naples; Olga (Eugene Onegin) at the Royal Opera House, Teatro Real and Staatsoper Hamburg; Polina (The Queen of Spades) at the Salzburg Festival; Laura (La Gioconda) in Palermo; Marguerite (The Damnation of Faust) in Nice, and many more. She also sang Dalilah (Samson and Dalilah) at NCPA in Beijing, and Preziosilla (La forza del destino) and Maddalena (Rigoletto) in Israel.

Volkova received the National Theatre Award (Belarus) in 2016 for her signature role of Carmen. She has successfully performed Bizet’s opera around the world, from Buenos Aires and Salzburg to Moscow and Tokyo.  

Notable concert engagements include Verdi’s Requiem with Opera Nice and Tanglewood Festival,  Tchaikovsky’s Moscow Cantata in Copenhagen with Alexander Vedernikov, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the Dublin Symphony Orchestra, Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death with the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev in Lucerne, and a tour with the Moscow Virtuosi. 

Belarusian State Award
1st prize at the International Dvořák Singing Competition
1st prize at the International Glinka Vocal Contest
Francysk Skaryna medal

At the Bolshoi Theatre:

Carmen (Carmen)

Lyubasha (The Tsar`s Bride)

Fenena (Nabucco)

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

Amneris (Aida)

Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana)

Laura (La Gioconda)

Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust)

Marina Mnishek (Boris Godunov)

Marfa (Khovanschina)

Laura (The Stone Guest)

Polina (The Queen of Spades)

Olga (Eugene Onegin)

Carmen (Carmen) — Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Latvian National Opera, Estonian National Opera, Landestheater Salzburg, Teatro dell’Opera Giocosa in Savona, Polish National Opera

Olga (Eugene Onegin) — Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Teatro Real, Madrid, Staatsoper Hamburg

Polina (The Queen of Spades) — Salzburg Festival, Mikhailovsky Theatre

Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) — La Scala, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples

Maddalena (Rigoletto) — Metropolitan Opera, Israeli Opera, Bavarian State Opera

Marguerite (The Damnation of Faust) — Opéra de Nice

Laura (Ponchielli La Gioconda) — Teatro Massimo in Palermo

Preziosilla (La forza del destino) — Israeli Opera

Giulietta (The Tales of Hoffmann) — Metropolitan Opera

Jane Seymour (Anna Bolena) — Estonian National Opera

Dalilah (Samson and Dalilah) — National Centre of the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing

Princess Eboli (Don Carlo) — Graz Opera

Sonetka (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) — Metropolitan Opera, Paris National Opera

Marina Mnischek (Boris Godunov) — Zürich Opera

Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) — Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus


In 2003 Oxana Volkova sang the mezzo-soprano parts in cantatas Moscow by P.Tchaikovsky and Alexander Nevsky by S.Prokofiev with Symphony Orchestra of Ireland under the conduction of Alexander Anisimov in Dublin.

In 2010, Oxana Volkova sang at Washington Opera Ball in honor of Placido Domingo. She also took part in the concerts of the National Philharmonic orchestra of Russia and State Chamber Orchestra "Moscow Virtuosi" under Vladimir Spivakov in CIS/Commonwealth of Independent States and Switzerland.

Since 2010 she has been guest soloist with the Latvian National Opera, on the stage where she performed the role of Carmen (director Andrejs Zagars). She took part in the performance of the cantata Moscow in Copenhagen by Alexander Vedernikov (baritone Sergei Leiferkus). She also appeared as Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) in Teatro di San Carlo (Napoli).

In 2011 Oxana Volkova debuted at Teatro Massimo di Palermo as Laura Adorno (La Gioconda), sang Polina (The Queen Spades) at Mikhailovsky Theatre (Saint-Petersburg) and Carmen (Carmen) at Teatro dell’Opera Giocosa (Savona). In September 2011 she sang Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust) at the opening of the season in Opera de Nice (France).

In 2013 she has been invited to perform by the Metropolitan Opera (Maddalena in Rigoletto, Olga in Eugene Onegin), the Latvian National Opera and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires (Carmen).

In the 2014-15 season she sang the title roles of Carmen at the Latvian National Opera, Salzburger Landestheater and Samson and Dalila at the National Centre of Performing Arts (Beijing). She also sang Olga (Eugene Onegin) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Among recent engagements: Maddalena (Rigoletto) and Giulietta (Les contes d’Hoffmann) at The Metropolitan Opera, Maddalena (Rigoletto) and Preziosilla (La forza del destino) at the Israeli Opera (Tel Aviv), the title role of Carmen and Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena) at the Estonian National Opera, Olga (Eugene Onegin) at the Latvian National Opera and Riga Opera Festival, Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) at the Grand-Théâtre de Genève.

She took part in the festivals: Irina Arkhipova presents, International Festival Vladimir Spivakov is Inviting, International Festival of Arts under direction of Yuri Bashmet (Sochi), International Chereshnevy Les Open-Art Festival (Moscow), Sommer in Lesmona (Bremen), Opera en el Convento (La Palma).





Volkova’s discography features Rigoletto and Eugene Onegin (DVD) with the Metropolitan Opera on Deutsche Grammophon, The Queen of Spades on BR Klassik (CD) and Rigoletto (CD) with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, released by Delos. 

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