Russia: Ekaterina Semenchuk

Ekaterina Semenchuk

Born: Minsk, 24 March 1976

Last updated: 01 July 2001

Ekaterina studied at the St Petersburg Conservatory and is a member of the Young Singers Academy of the Mariinsky Theatre in that city, home of the Kirov Opera.

She performs regularly with the Kirov Opera where her roles include Lel in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden, Sonia in Prokofiev's War and Peace and Pauline in Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame.

Ekaterina was the fifth Russian representative in the competition - two out of the four previous contestants made the final. Before 1993 there were also two USSR competitors, one of whom was the 1989 winner, Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

She won the Hope Award in the 1999 International Obraztsova Competition and was a finalist in the 2000 Operalia Competition in Los Angeles.

Ekaterina's hobby is reading poetry.

Preliminary repertoire

  • Massenet - Werther: Va! Laisse couler mes larmes
  • Tchaikovsky - Songs Op 27 No 5: Was it the Mother who Bore me?
  • Minkov - The Crying Guitar: Landscape
  • Borodin - In other households
  • Donizetti - La favorita: Fia dunque vero - Oh, mio Fernando

Final repertoire

  • Saint-Saëns - Samson et Dalila: Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix
  • Gavrilin - Ah, my dear, let me in
  • Cui - Songs op49 no1: I touched the flower
  • Kalinnikov - The Bells
  • Berlioz - Benvenuto Cellini: Mais qu'ai-je donc?

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