Larissa Diadkova was born in Zelenodolsk and studied singing at the Leningrad Conservatory. After graduating in 1984 she joined the Kirov Opera Company, making her debut as Valvya in Glinka's Ivan Susanin. In addition to the Russian musical literature, a considerable part of her repertoire is also devoted to composers such as Bach, Händel, Mahler, Verdi and Wagner.
As a member of the Kirov Opera, Ms.Diadkova has taken part in many of the theatre tours with music conductor, Maestro Valery Gergiev. She was invited by Maestro Mstislav Rostropovitch to join him for his long-awaited return to the Bolshoi Opera company in performances of Khovanschina. Ms Diadkova has also appeared in many of the world's foremost halls, such as Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
This year, Ms Diadkova performed the role of Mistress Quickly in a new production of Verdi's Falstaff at the Salzburg Easter Festival conducted by Claudio Abbado. This was recorded for release by Deutsche Gramophone records. She also appeared as Amneris in Aida with the San Francisco Opera and recorded Azucena in Il Trovatore for EMI Classics conducted by Antonio Pappano.
In the coming seasons, Ms. Diadkova will return to the Metropolitan Opera with Aida and Il Trovatore and will make her Chicago Lyric Opera debut in 2003 with Un Ballo in maschera. In Europe she will appear regularly at the Opéra Bastille with Khovanschina, Rušalka and Il Trovatore, at the Arena di Verona with Aida and Il Trovatore, at the Teatro Comunale of Florence and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Ms.Diadkova records for BMG/RCA, Decca, Deutsche Gramophone, Philips and EMI Classics.