Elena Zelenskaya

Born in Baku. In 1984 graduated from the Baku Conservatory (class of K. Karimov).

In 1987-91 was a soloist at The Akhundov Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, in 1991-96 was a soloist at the Novaya Opera Theatre under the leadership of Evgeny Kolobov in Moscow.

In 1994 debuted at the Bolshoi Theatre as Floria Tosca (Tosca). Since 1996 has been a soloist of the opera troupe of the Bolshoi Theatre.  

1st award of the International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition of Young Opera Singers (St Petersburg)
Title of People’s Artist of Russia
2nd award of the All-Union Glinka Competition of Vocalists
Title of Honoured Artist of Russia

Nomination for the Golden Mask National Theatre prize


Prize of the Moscow Government in the field of literature and art in the nomination “Educational activities”


International Joseph Brodsky Award

2018, Ischia
Repertoire at the Bolshoi

Tosca (Tosca)
Countess (Le nozze di Figaro)
Liza (The Queen of Spades)
Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera)
Aida (Aida) 
Yaroslavna (Prince Igor)
Natalia (The Oprichnik)
Tatiana (Eugene Onegin)
Natasha (Rusalka)
Abigaille (Nabucco)
Kupava (The Snow Maiden)
Leonora (La forza del destino) 
Lady Macbeth (Macbeth)
Turandot (Turandot)
Ekaterina Lvovna Izmailova (The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk)
Renata (The Fiery Angel)
Senta (Der fliegende Holländer)
Soprano (Pravednikov’s The Tale of the Priest and of his Workman Balda in the performance The Fables of the Vixen, the Duckling and Balda)
Soprano (Prokofiev’s The Ugly Duckling in the performance The Fables of the Vixen, the Duckling and Balda)
Eboli (Don Carlo)
Larina (Eugene Onegin)
Saburova (The Tsar’s Bride)
Herodias (Salome)

Also in repertoire

Elisabetta (Maria Stuarda) — the first performer in Russia
Wally (La Wally by A. Catalani) — the first performer in Russia
Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana)
Odabella (Attila)
Mimi (La Boheme)
Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni)
Tamara (The Demon)
Stefana (Siberia)
Joan (The Maid of Orleans)
Anna (Le Villi)
Maddalena (Andrea Chenier)
Gorislava (Ruslan and Lyudmila)
Zemfira (Aleko)
Iolanta (Iolanta


Performed at the Paris National Opera, the Opéra de Nice, Teatro Liceo (Barcelone), Teatro La Fenice (Venice), the Vienna’s Kammeroper, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Dusseldorf), the Cologne Opera, the Frankfurt Opera, the Mannheim Opera House, Theater Bremen, the Lucerne Opera House, the Royal Danish Opera (Copenhagen), Theatre de la Monnaie (Brussels), the Scottish Opera, the Bergen Opera (Norway), the Tampere Opera (Finland), the Estonia National Opera, the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (Ljubljana), the New Israel Opera (Tel-Aviv), the Metropolitan Opera, San Diego Opera, the Seattle Opera and many other theatres, as well as such concert hall as Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Vredenburg Music Centre (Utrecht, Netherlands) and the Melbourne Arts Centre (Australia).

Participated in several large festivals, such as Savonlinna Opera Festival (Finland), Wexford Opera Festival (Ireland), the International Festival in Bergen (Norway) and the opera festival in Athens (Greece). 


1995 — collection of classic arias “Tradition” with the Russian Chamber Orchestra

1996 — “Eugene Onegin” by P. Tchaikovsky, the part of Tatiana, conducted by S. Fridman

2000 — “Rusalka” by A. Dargomyzhsky, the part of Natasha, conducted by M. Ermler, the Bolshoi Theatre

2000 — “Aida” by G. Verdi, the part of Aida, conducted by M. Ermler, the Bolshoi Theatre

2001 — Requiem by G. Verdi, soprano part, conducted by M. Ermler

2006 — “Maria Stuarda” by G. Donizetti, the part of Elisabetta, conducted by E. Kolobov (recording of 1993)

2017 — “Shostakovich. Vocal Cycles” by Evgeny Cheglakov (piano), Alexander Kalashkov (violin), Dmitry Miller (cello) 

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