The brilliant Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk has completed her studies at the Conservatory of St. Petersburg.
In the past seasons, she sang Marina (Boris Godunov), Polina (Pique Dame) at the Metropolitan Opera as well as her Azucena (Il Trovatore) in Valencia under the direction of Zubin Mehta and at La Scala ( Daniele Rustioni). She has also sung at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Berlin Staatsoper as Preziosilla (La Forza del Destino) and Polina (Pique Dame) under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. With Valery Gergiev, she has performed Didon (Les Troyens) at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, at Big Hall of Сonservatoire in Moskow, at the Vienna Konzerthaus. She has also performed Fricka (Die Walkure) with the Los Angeles Opera ( James Conlon) and Mariinsky Theatre ( Valery Gergiev).
She recently made her debut at Salzburg Festival as Eboli, in a new production of Don Carlo, under the baton of Antonio Pappano, celebrated Shostakovich in recital at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Tchaikosvy at Wigmore Hall. On the concert podium, she has sung the Verdi Requiem with Gustavo Dudamel, Das Klagende Lied at the Ravinia Festival with James Conlon and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Nevsky at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome under the direction of Vasily Petrenko. At the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at Wien Konzerthaus she has performed Berlioz’s La Morte de Cleopatre under the direction of Valery Gergiev.
Other important events include La Gioconda under the direction of Roberto Abbado and Sansone et Dalila under Charles Dutoit at the Opera of Rome, concerts of Requiem’s Dvorak with l’Orchestre de Paris and Roméo et Juliette of Berlioz at La Scala under the direction of James Colon, and moreover Benvenuto Cellini at Champs- Élysées Theatre with Valery Gergiev, Aida at Scala with Gianandrea Noseda and Pier Giorgio Morandi and at Teatro San Carlo in Naples with M° Luisotti, Il Trovatore at La Scala.
Future plans include: Rossini Stabat Mater at Filamornico di Verona, recitals at Wigmore Hall in London, St.Petersburg , Moskow, Vienna (Konzerthaus), Berkly with Helmut Deutsch, Carmen at Arena di Verona and Mazepa at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Anna Bolena at Wien Staatsoper, Il Trovatore (San Carlo), Luisa Miller and Aida at San Francisco Opera with Nicola Luisotti , La Forza del Destino with Zubin Mehta, Verdi Requiem with Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano, Il Trovatore at Salzburg Festival, Covent Garden and Paris Opera, Les Troyens at Edinburgh Festival under the baton of Maestro Gergiev.
Her debut recording of Russian songs is available on the Harmonia Mundi label, also recorded Oedipus Rex with Valery Gergiev, Sarti Mafnificat- Gloria (Mattia Rondelli, Baarbara Frittoli ) on the Sony Classical. And she will record the role of Amneris for EMI Classics under the direction of Sir Antonio Pappano.
DVD recordings: Don Carlo ( ORF, Salzburg Festival, Pappano)
Aida ( RAI 5, San Carlo, Luisotti)
Il Trovatore ( RAI 5, La Scala, Rustioni)
Ekaterina was invited to sing in 2005 at the wedding of His Majesty Charles Prince of Wales with Camilla Parker Bowles, perfoming in Orthodox Creed of Grechaninov.