Liudmyla Monastyrska made her LA Opera debut in 2017 as Abigaille in Nabucco.
Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska is acclaimed for her lush, powerful, compelling performances and superb technical command. Her relationships with European, American and Asian opera houses have continued to expand following her highly acclaimed 2010 debut with Deutsche Oper Berlin in the title role of Tosca.
In the 2019/20 season, she continues her successes as Abigaille in Nabucco at Staatsoper Hamburg, Odabella in Attila with Münchener Runfunkorchester and Tosca at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.
She returns to Teatro alla Scala as Leonora in Il Trovatore and then to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana. And she finishes her new season at Deutsche Oper Berlin as both Leonora in La Forza del Destino and Abigaille in Nabucco.
The 2018/19 season saw Ms. Monastyrska star in new productions of La Forza del Destino conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano at Covent Garden and Tosca at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. She also made her role debut as Leonora in Il Trovatore at the Staatsoper Berlin and returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Tosca, as well as the Vienna Staatsoper as Abigaille in Nabucco. She also appeared in opera gala concerts in Greece with Dimitri Platanias and Latvia to celebrate the Latvian National Opera’s centennial.
Ms. Monastyrska’s began her 2017/18 season with her LA Opera debut as Abigaille in Nabucco, conducted by James Conlon and opposite Placido Domingo. She also made her role debut as the title role of Norma at the Houston Grand Opera led by Patrick Summers. She returned to Germany for two productions with the Deutsche Oper Berlin where she sang the title role of Tosca and Abigaille in Nabucco. Her season closed in Barcelona at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, where she made her role debut in the title role of Manon Lescaut.
Recent season highlights with the Opera National de Paris include the title roles of Tosca and Aida; with the Metropolitan Opera the title roles of Tosca and Aida, Abigaille in Nabucco with Placido Domingo, and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana; with Deutsche Oper Berlin the title role of Tosca and Abigaille in Nabucco. She also sang the role of Abigaille with Placido Domingo at London’s Royal Opera House, and made her debut with the Vienna State Opera singing the title role in Aida under conductor Simone Young. Additional performances included the title role of Tosca under Patrick Summers for Houston Grand Opera, and in summer 2015 she toured through Japan and sang the role of Lady Macbeth in Macbeth with the Royal Opera House led by conductor Sir Antonio Pappano.
Among Ms. Monastyrska’s many performance credits are Macbeth with Maestro Pappano and Nabucco with Nicolà Luisiotti at London’s Royal Opera House (both new productions), and Nabucco, Cavalleria Rusticana and Aida at La Scala. Aida has also served as her introduction to the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Vienna State Opera, as well as the Hollywood Bowl, where she sang Aida in concert under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. With the Deutsche Oper Berlin, she has appeared in productions of Tosca, Macbeth and Nabucco, as well as a concert version of Attila. Ms. Monastyrska has sung Verdi’s Requiem at Rome’s Accademia di Santa Cecilia as well as with the Cleveland Orchestra, and has also sung La Forza del Destino with Zubin Mehta at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. She appeared in Macbeth with the Staatsoper Berlin, sharing the stage with Placido Domingo, and made her Italian debut with Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago, Italy. In 2015, she made her debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival conducted by Christian Thielemann, singing the role of Santuzza in a new production
of Cavalleria Rusticana with Jonas Kaufmann, as well as the Verdi Requiem.
Ms. Monastyrska can be seen/heard on DVDs of Macbeth and Nabucco – both from the Royal Opera (Opus Arte), and in Sony Classics DVD of Cavalleria Rusticana from the 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival with the Staatskapelle Dresden.
Born in Kiev, Liudmyla Monastyrska was a principal soloist with the Ukraine National Opera for several years before expanding her international career. Ms. Monastyrska and her family make their home in Kiev.