From: Mirny, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia. LA Opera: Venus in Tannhäuser (2021, debut).

A leading soloist at Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, Yulia Matochkina has made a name for herself as one of Russia’s foremost mezzo-sopranos. Her extensive repertoire consists of nearly 50 operatic and concert roles, including Amneris in Aida, Eboli in Don Carlo, the Princess of Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur, Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust, Carmen, Didon in Les Troyens, Dalila in Samson et Dalila), Venus in Tannhäuser, Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde, Kundry in Parsifal, Polina in The Queen of Spades, Marfa in Khovanshchina, Lyubasha in The Tsar’s Bride and Clara d’Almanza in Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery as well as the mezzo and contralto parts in the Requiems of Mozart and Verdi, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mahler’s Second and Eighth Symphonies and Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette.

Yulia Matochkina came to international prominence in 2015, when she won the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. She performs regularly at the Moscow Easter Festival and at St Petersburg’s Stars of the White Nights Festival and has also appeared at the Edinburgh and Verbier Festivals and at the BBC Proms in London. Guest engagements have additionally taken her to major international venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Teatre del Liceu and Auditori in Barcelona, the Munich Philharmonie, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Rome Opera, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and the RAI Auditorium in Rome.

As a member of the Mariinsky company, Yulia Matochkina has toured Austria, Finland, Sweden, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States as well as Japan and China.