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Ekaterina Bakanova – Soprano

Born in 1984 in Mednogorsk (Russia).

2001-2005
Studies at Gnesin State College (Moscow), teacher Margharita Landa. Since 2008 studies with Maestro Gioacchino Gitto (Rome)

2002-2003
Sings with Vladimir Spivacov’s collective (Moscow).

2004
Performs at the State Conservatory Hall in Moscow, win 1st prize in Russian competition “Bella Voce” (Moscow). Wins Golden medal in the 2nd International Delphic Games in Kishinev (Moldova). Performs in Yusupov palace in Sankt-Petersburg.

2005
Continues studies at “Gnessin Academy of Music” (Moscow) and wins the 3rd prize in Irina Bogacheva’s singing competition “Sankt-Peterburg”. Takes part in the celebrations of the Great Patriotic Victory Anniversary in Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow).

2005-2009
Soloist of the Moscow theatre company “Novaya Opera”.

2006
Performances as “Queen of the Night” in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Moscow; conductor: Eri Klas; director: Achim Freyer). Takes part in Russian TV show “The Big Ones” broadcasted via national television. Wins 2nd prize in “The international singing competition of the modern art and education”, Moscow.

2007
Winner of the competition of young opera singers by Giuseppe Di Stefano (Trapani, Italy), where she has signed the contract on execution party Gilda in opera “Rigoletto” (Cond.: E. Boncompagni; dir.: M. Znaniecki) within the limits of the annual opera festival “Luglio Musicale Trapanese” (Trapani, Italia); winner of the international competition of young opera singers “Maria Caniglia” (Sulmona,Italy); winner of the international junior premio “Triumph 2007” (Moscow).

2008
“Gilda” in Ascoli Piceno’s production of Rigoletto in Italy (conductor: F. M. Carminati, director: P. Benfatti). Gala Concert at the Grand Theatre National Opera in Warsaw.  Role debut as “Rosina” in Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini at the “Novaya Opera” (Moscow). Wins first prize in the International Singing Competition of Bilbao (Spain).

2009
“Sophie” in Werther” with Giuseppe Filianoti at the “Francesco Cilea Teatro” of the Reggio Calabria/Italy (conductor: A. Guingal, director: Mario De Carlo); “Gilda” in Rigoletto directed by Renzo Giacchieri at the Festival St. Margarethen in Austria. “Gilda” at the Opera House Carlo Felice in Genova/Italy (conductor: C. Pinto; director: S. Vizioli). Further concerts in Bilbao/Spain.

2010
Gala Concert with Elina Garanca, Marcello Alvarez, Barbara Frittoli and Vladimir Chernov in Eisenstadt/Austria. “Queen of the Night” in The Magic Flute at the Festival St. Margarethen in Austria. “Serpina” in La serva padrona and “Barce” in Hubicka at he Wexford Opera Festival, Wexford/Ireland. Christmas concerts in Riga/Latvia.

2011
Graduates from Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow; 2nd prize winner in the International Opera Competition Riva del Garda, Italy. Winner of the “Prize of the Audience” in the International Opera Competition”Hans Gabor Belvedere” plus additional Jury Prize awarded by the Vienna Staatsoper and the Chambre Professionnelle des Directeurs d’Opera.

2012
Wins the role of “Lucia” in Lucia di Lammermoor at the 63th “Competition for Young Opera Singers of Europe” in Como/Italy and debut as “Lucia” in Lucia di Lammermoor by G. Donizetti in a production for the “Circuito Lombardo”, directed by Henning Brockhaus.

Paris debut at the Théâtre des Chatelêt as “Angelica” in Orlando Paladino (conductor: Jean-Christophe Spinosi, director: Kamel Ouali). Further debut as “Micaela” in Carmen at the La Fenice Opera House in Venice/Italy.

2013
Debut as “Musetta” in La Bohème at the Teatro Regio Turin/Italy and as “Zerlina” in  Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Opéra National de Montpellier. Further appearances as Rigoletto at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago and as “Carmen” and “Violetta” in La Traviata at the La Fenice Theatre in Venice/Italy.

2014
Debut as “Pamina” in The magic flute (staging Roberto Andó), Regio Theatre, Turin
“Micaela” in Carmen (Municipal Theatre in Rio de Janeiro).

Debut as “Lisa” in Il paese del sorriso by F. Léhar at the Verdi Theatre in Trieste/ITaly (conductor: A. Fogliani). “Violetta” in La Traviata (“Mirrors Traviata”) under the baton of P. J. Carbone and director H. Brockhaus at the Giovanni da Udine Theatre, Udine/Italy.

Protagonist singer at the “Mozart Festival”, Turin/Italy, with the RAI Symphony Orchestra (conductor: J. Valuha) and with the Teatro Regio Orchestra of Turin conducted by F. Pasqualetti. Gala concert with Ensemble Matheus conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi in Toulon/France. “Norina” in Don Pasquale at the NCPA, Beijing (staging: Pier Francesco Maestrini).

2015
Debut as “Susanna” in Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Regio Opera House, Turin/Italy
(conductor: Yutako Sado, staging: Elena Barbalich), resulting in a close artistic cooperation between  Ekaterina Bakanova an Italian television RAI3.

Mozart’s “Requiem” at the Auditorium RAI in Turin/Italy. Lead role of “Violetta” in La Traviata at the La Fenice Theatre, Venice/Italy (staging: Robert Carsen).

London debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as “Musetta” in Bohéme and as “Violetta” in La Traviata (staging: John Copley).

Debut in the Arena di Verona/Italy as “Donna Anna” in Franco Zeffirelli’s Don Giovanni production (conductor: Stefano Montanari, staging: Franco Zeffirelli).

Debut at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo and the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona as “Pamina” in The Magic Flute.

Christmas Concert in St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Assisi/Italy with the National Symphony Orchestra of television RAI (condutor: Steven Mercurio).

Ekaterina Bakanova has performed and continues to collaborate with conductors such as Placido Domingo, Jean-Christophe Spinosí, Eri Klas, Jan Latham König, Stefano Montanari, Daniele Callegari, Mung Wung Chung, Yutako Sado, Karen Marc Chichon, Nello Santi and staging directors such as Franco Zeffirelli, Robert Carsen, Calixto Bieto, Elena Barbalich, Roberto Andó.