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Elena Zhidkova


Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Zhidkova is a favourite of conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Christoph von Dohnányi and Claudio Abaddo. Mostly associated with the Wagner repertoire, she has performed to great acclaim on the stages of the Bayreuth Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Real Madrid, the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres, and many others.

Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Zhidkova made her professional debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin as Olga in Götz Friedrich’s acclaimed production of Eugene Onegin. She continued to appear with the company in a series of roles including Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro and Dorabella Così fan tutte. Shortly afterwards she was invited to appear at the Bayreuth Festival for three consecutive years as Flosshilde and Schwertleite, and in 2004 she made an acclaimed debut as Waltraute Götterdämmerung for Teatro Real Madrid. She continued her exploration of the Wagnerian repertoire with Fricka Der Ring des Nibelungen in Tokyo; Brangäne Tristan und Isolde in Madrid; Kundry Parsifal in Nice and for Deutsche Oper am Rhein; Venus Tannhäuser for Semperoper Dresden and Adriano Rienzi for Leipzig Opera.

In 2008 she debuted to great success as Judith in Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle at Teatro alla Scala, a role she has since created on several international stages including the Mariinsky Theatre and the Barbican, London (both conducted by Gergiev), De Nederlandse Opera and Orchestre National de Paris. Her interpretation of the role was later awarded the National Theatre 'Golden Mask' Award, for best singing actress in Russia in 2011.

Very much in demand on the concert platform, Zhidkova has performed with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt or Christoph von Dohnányi. In frequent collaboration with Claudio Abbado, Zhidkova has performed Shostakovich’s King Lear and Schumann’s Faustszenen, and appeared during Abbado’s farewell concert at the Berliner Philharmonie.

Other recent appearances include her role debut as Marie Wozzeck in Tokyo; Marina in a new production of Boris Godunov at the Bolshoi Theatre; Judith at De Nederlandse Opera and with Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan and China. She sang Fricka Das Rheingold at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville; Venus Tannhäuser in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and with Gustavo Dudamel in Bogotá; and Varvara Káťa Kabanová for Teatro Colon Buenos Aires. She also appeared to great acclaim as Kundry in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and at Opera de Lyon, and as Brangäne in Madrid, Bilbao, Köln, Frankfurt and Tokyo. Her engagements last season included Fricka Das Rheingold at Grand Théâtre de Genève and Venus for Deutsche Oper am Rhein and New National Theatre Tokyo.

In the 2013/14 season, Elena Zhidkova makes her anticipated debut as Principessa de Bouillon Adriana Lecouvreur at Wiener Staatsoper. She appears as Marie Wozzeck at the New National Theatre Tokyo, as Waltraute and 2nd Norn in Seville, and returns to Genève as Fricka in a new production of Die Walküre conducted by Ingo Metzmacher.

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Fricka Der Ring des Nibelungen / Opéra Genève
Cond. Ingo Metzmacher Dir. Dieter Dorn

“Elena Zhidkova was a formidable and irresistible Fricka”
Tom Sutcliffe, Opera Now, August 2014

Principessa de Bouillon Adriana Lecouvreur / Wiener Staatsoper
Cond. Evelino Pido Dir. David McVicar

“Elena Zhidkova, remembered by the people of Dresden as Venus in Tannhäuser, however, stole the show from the Prima Donna. As the Princess of Bouillon and the antagonist of Adriana, she delighted with verve and vocal excellence.”

“Elena Zhidkova, den Dresdnern als Venus im »Tannhäuser« in Erinnerung, stahl der Primadonna allerdings die Schau. Als Herzogin von Bouillon und Gegenspielerin Adrianas begeisterte sie mit Verve und stimmlichen Höchstleistungen.”
Christoph Münch, Musik in Dresden, March 2014

“Since the premiere it is clear that Vienna has a new audience favourite in their Princessa de Bouillon: Elena Zhidkova gave the jealous opponent of Adriana a sharp profile with powerful mezzo-eruptions – a creation of stunning energy.”

“Seit der Premiere weiß man, dass Wien mit der Darstellerin der Fürstin von Bouillon einen neuen Publikumsliebling gewonnen hat: Elena Zhidkova gab der eifersüchtigen Kontrahentin der Adriana mit kräftigen Mezzo-Eruptionen scharfes Profil - eine Gestaltung von umwerfender Energie.”
Wilhelm Sinkovicz, Die Presse, March 2014

“Elena Zhidkova as the rival, making her Staatsoper debut, gives a magnificent performance with enormous stage presence. She sings the Princess of Bouillon with a dark mezzo. The dramatic impact of her tone blends with a never crumbling sonority.”

“Eine prächtige Bühnenerscheinung mit enormer Präsenz ist bei ihrem Staatsoperndebüt auch Elena Zhidkova als ihre Rivalin. Sie singt die Fürstin Bouillon mit dunklem Mezzo. Die dramatische Wucht ihrer Töne verschmilzt mit nie bröckelnder Klangfülle.”
Helmut Christian Mayer, Opernnetz, February 2014

“Elena Zhidkova (as the Princess of Bouillon) is indeed, with her dark mezzo, the crowning performance of this opera transfer from London. The dramatic force of her tone melts together with her never crumbling sonority which (with no weaknesses) achieves world class moments.”

“Elena Zhidkova (als Principessa di Bouillon) ist zwar mit ihrem dunklen Mezzo die Krönung dieser Opernübernahme aus London. Die dramatische Wucht ihrer Töne verschmilzt mit nie bröckelnder Klangfülle, was (schwächefrei) Weltklassemomente erbrachte.”
Ljubiša Tošić, Der Standard, February 2014

“As the rival Bouillon Elena Zhidkova, in her debut at the Staatsoper, scored points with her vocal and dramatic power of persuasion.”

“Als Nebenbuhlerin Bouillon punktete Elena Zhidkova, erstmals an der Staatsoper, mit stimmlicher und schauspielerischer Überzeugungskraft.”
Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, February 2014

“The Russian Mezzo-Soprano Elena Zhidkova made an impression as the villainous Princess of Bouillon, with her large, loud voice and beautiful phrasing.”

“Die russische Mezzosopranistin Elena Zhidkova beeindruckt als schurkische Principessa di Bouillon mit großer, lauter Stimme und schöner Phrasierung.”
Österreich, February 2014

“Elena Zhidkova uncovers role of the lethal, vitriolic Princess of Bouillon with stentorian tones and a dark mezzo attack.”

“Elena Zhidkova räumt in der Rolle der tödlich hassenden Principessa di Bouillon mit Stentortönen und scharfer Mezzoattacke ab.”
Manuel Brug, Die Welt, February 2014

“The Russian Mezzo-Soprano Elena Zhidkova met her Staatsoper debut with a dark voice like smooth, rich chocolate mousse which exactly suited the taste of the Staatsoper audience, and was as a result extensively applauded.”

“Die russische Mezzosopranistin Elena Zhidkova traf stattdessen bei ihrem Staatsoperndebüt mit einer dunklen Stimme wie sämig-dunkles Mousse au Chocolat exakt den Geschmack des Staatsopernauditoriums und wurde dafür ausgiebig bejubelt.”
OE24, February 2014

Fricka Das Rheingold / Grand Théâtre Genève
Dir. Michal Znaniecki

“Elena Zhidkova’s Fricka had a beautifully centred core, darted with a staggering natural authority…”
Yannick Millon, Alta Musica, November 2013

“… an intoxicating mezzo, exemplary in every respect...”
Jean-Luc Clairet, Res Musica, November 2013

“The real winner was Elena Zhidkova as Fricka. Russian mezzo who is vocally balanced throughout her tessitura with a great flexibility available between the registers. This allows one to be musically very complete, and thus show a varied vocal line, full of good taste and nuances."
Samuel González Casado, Mundo Clasico, October 2013

“The best of the cast was Elena Zhidkova as Fricka. This attractive mezzo-soprano has a beautiful dark timbre, very typical of Russian singers, and she proved that she can sing successfully in any major opera house in the world.”
José Mª Irurzun, Seen and Heard International, September 2013

Venus in Wagner Tannhäuser / Opernhaus Düsseldorf
cond. Axel Kober / dir. Burkhard C. Kosminski

“Venus was sung by Elena Zhidkova, who theatrically represented this fascinating stoic character. Touching, clear and simple.”
Judith von Sternburg, Berliner Zeitung, May 2013

Fricka in Wagner Das Rheingold / Grand Théâtre de Genève
cond. Ingo Metzmacher / dir. Dieter Dorn
“The strongest impression was made by Elena Zhidkova as Fricka...”
Nicholas Blanmont, Opera, August 2013

“Russian mezzo Elena Zhidkova is superlative in Fricka… humane and nuanced…”
Luc Hernandez, Concert Classic, March 2013

Judith in Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle / Berwaldhallen
Radio Symphony Orchestra / cond. Daniel Harding

"Russian Mezzo Elena Zhidkova’s vocal approach was exquisite; she captured Judith’s curiosity and tenacity".

”Utsökt vokalansats av ryska mezzon Elena Zhidkova, som erfaret fångade Judiths nyfikenhet och orubblighet”.
Lars Hedblad, SvD Kultur, November 2012

Kundry in Wagner Parsifal / Opera de Lyon
cond. Kasushi Ono / dir. François Girard

“Kundry is one of those characters that require a performer who has both strong acting and singing skills and Elena Zhidkova fits the bill in both respects. While her voice is placed firmly in the mezzo register she has no problems in rising to the angry outbursts with Parsifal in the second act”.
Michael Sinclair, The Opera Critic, March 2012

“La mezzo-soprano Elena Zhidkova surmonte le difficile rôle de Kundry - cette pécheresse qui cherche à se rédimer par l'amour -grâce à ses aigus solides et sa présence scénique.”

The mezzo-soprano Elena Zhidkova mastered the difficult role of Kundry, the sinner seeking redemption through love, with her powerful top notes and strong stage presence.
Philip Venturini, Les Echos, March 2012

“La mezzo russe Elena Zhidkhova dispose elle aussi d’un timbre d’une magnifique ampleur. Dans les actes I et III, son grave, et surtout la santé impérieuse de son médium, font passer le frisson; dans l’acte médian, le duo est pour elle l’occasion de faire une démonstration de beau chant qui impose le respect.”

Russian mezzo soprano Elena Zhidkova has a magnificently opulent voice. In the first and third acts, her low notes, and particularly her imperious middle tessitura, made the audience quiver with delight. In the second act, the duo gave her the opportunity to demonstrate her admirable bel canto.
Emmanuel Andrien, Classique Info, April 2012


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