A native of Kiev, Ukraine, soprano Tamara Kalinkina earned degrees from the Kiev National Institute of Music and the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music. From 2004 through 2010, she was a leading soloist of the Kiev National Academic Operetta Theater. Since 2011, she has been a soloist with the National Opera of Ukraine, making her debut there as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin. In 2012, she made her debut with the Warsaw National Opera as Tatiana. In 2012, after winning the International Riccardo Zandonai Competition, she was invited to perform Violetta in La Traviata in concert at the Musica Riva Festival.