“Bakanova brought a dramatic intensity to the part and embodied the desperation, dramatic extremity, and existential plight of Violetta more completely than any other performance I have seen..”Tom Service, The Guardian

Russian-born soprano Ekaterina Bakanova graduated music school in accordion, piano and singing and won her degree in Vocal Studies from Gnesin Music Academy in Moscow. She went on to place and won several major international singing competitions like Bilbao International Singing competition (Bilbao, Spain), Hans Gabor Belvedere (Vienna, Austria), AsLiCo (Como, Italy), Bella Voce (Moscow, Russia) before becoming a soloist at Novaya Opera.

Her win at the Giuseppe de Stefano competition in Sicily and the Maria Caniglia competition in Sulmona led to her professional debut in Italy, where she studies privately with Gabriella Ravazzi in Genova, and where since 2007 she has established a very successful career.

She is a winner of Giulietta Prize as a best female singer at Arena di Verona Opera Festival 2015 and was nominated as Best Young Female Opera Singer 2016 by Opera Awards in London.

Ekaterina Bakanova performs regulary on international opera stages like Arena di Verona, La Fenice Opera House, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, NCPA in Beijing, Semperoper Dresden, ROH Covent Garden.

She collaborates regularly with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, with such conductors as Maurizio Benini, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Stefano Montanari, Nello Santi, Placido Domingo, Karel Marc Chichon, Jan Latham Koenig, Mung Wung Chung and Yutako Sado; and with directors such as Franco Zeffirelli, Robert Carson, Calixto Bieto, Richard Eyre, Henning Brockhaus, Hugo de Ana and Roberto Andó.

Her upcoming engageements include “Traviata” productions at Semperoper Dresden and La Fenice in Venice; a new production of “Rondine” at Florence; a concert version of “Carmen” in Versailles with Jean-Christophe Spinosí ; her debut at the Tel-Aviv Performing Arts Center as Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni” and a new “Traviata” production in Lisbon.

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