Olga Peretyatko: I always try to learn from everybody on stage and backstage. We don’t have to forget, theater is not only about you, it’s teamwork.

Olga Peretyatko, one of the world’s most sought-after sopranos, made her international break-through after winning Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia Competition. Since then, she has been a regular guest in the world’s most important opera houses and concert halls.

Olga Peretyatko kicks off the 2020/21 season, giving her first solo recital with Elena Bashkirova at the Pierre-Boulez-Saal in Berlin and returns to the Berlin State Opera as Leïla (Les Pêcheurs des Perles) and as Elettra with her long-awaited role debut in the house’s new production of Idomeneo. Another notable role debut takes the soprano Baden-Baden’s Festspielhaus, where she performs Maria in Tchaikovsky’s opera Mazeppa, in new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov. The title is performed in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Kirill Petrenko. Another exciting role and house debut takes Olga Peretyatko to the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, here she incorporates Jules Massenet’s tragic Manon. At the Opera Monte Carlo and Theatre des Champs-Elysees Paris, the soprano sings special concerts with the title “Belcanto Queens”. Besides that, the Russian native has an active concert career and can be heard in concerts and solo recitals in Russia, China, Singapore, Taipei, Vilnius, Tenerife, Lucerne and at the Verbier Festival.

Among the highlights of the past seasons are the four ladies in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Vienna State Opera, where she also appeared as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni). The soprano made her role debut as Anna Bolena at the Opera Royal de Wallonie Liège and gave guest performances at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman. Another acclaimed role and house debut took Olga Peretyatko to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden: in 2019, she appeared live in cinemas worldwide as Norina (Don Pasquale), alongside Bryn Terfel in the title role. With her role debut as Pamina she thrilled in Barrie Kosky’s magical production of Die Zauberflöte at the Teatro Real Madrid. In the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor Olga Peretyatko has most recently appeared at the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Opera Monte Carlo. At the Hamburg State Opera she sang her first Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro) and at the Chorégies d’Orange a charming Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia). At the Mariinsky Theater St. Petersburg she sang Gilda in Valeriy Gergiev’s very first conducting of Verdi’s Rigoletto in August 2020.

Her uniquely compelling voice and stage presence allow Ms. Peretyatko to interpret a wide range of different roles. The soprano is predestined not only for Rossini roles such as Fiorilla (Il Turco in Italia), Berenice (L’occasione fa il ladro), Mathilde (Guillaume Tell), Anaï (Moïse et Pharaon) and Rosina, but also for humorous roles such as Adina (L’Elisir d’amore), Norina (Don Pasquale) or tragic figures such as Anna Bolena or La traviata. There is hardly a major opera house that has not yet invited her to sing lead roles, including Deutsche Oper Berlin, the State Operas in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Vienna, Zurich Opera, Lausanne Opera, Opera Monte Carlo, La Fenice in Venice, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Real in Madrid, Opéra Bastille in Paris, Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Olga Peretyatko has collaborated with the world’s most renowned directors, including Robert Lepage, whose acclaimed 2009 production of Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol in Toronto confirmed her status as one of the top sopranos of our time. She sang Marfa in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s provocative take on The Tsar’s Bride, which was presented in 2013/2014 first at Staatsoper Unter den Linden and then at the Teatro alla Scala. In 2017 she sang Leïla, the main role in Wim Wender’s operatic debut in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs des Perles, under Daniel Barenboim’s musical direction. Olga Peretyatko is a frequent guest star at the most prestigious opera festivals including Mozartwoche Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Aix-en-Provence and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and the Chorégies d’Orange, where video recordings of her performances of Matilde di Shabran, Sigismondo, and La Scala di Seta were released worldwide on DECCA, Arthaus Musik, and Opus Arte, respectively.

Ms. Peretyatko’s recital schedule has included a performance under the Eiffel Tower for the Bastille Day celebrations in front of a live audience of 600,000 people and an international TV audience of several million viewers. In North America, she sang Strauss’ Four Last Songs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C. with the National Symphony Orchestra. The same repertoire was featured on a tour of China with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Maestro Kent Nagano; its concert recording made in Nante is regularly broadcasted on ARTE. In 2018, Olga Peretyatko gave a highly acclaimed first solo recital at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.

Olga Peretyatko is an exclusive recording artist of Sony Classical and has just released her sixth album Mozart +, recorded together with Sinfonieorchester Basel, with Ivor Bolton’s conducting. In 2018, they also released the highly acclaimed The Secret Fauré. Her broad discography also includes Russian Light (2017, OPUS Klassik Award 2018), presenting some of the most beautiful arias and songs of the Russian repertoire; Rossini! (2015), awarded as Best solo album of the year at the renowned ECHO Klassik, and belcanto albums La Bellezza del Canto (2011) and Arabesque (2013).

Olga Peretyatko was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia and started her musical career singing in the children’s choir of the Mariinsky Theatre. She went on to study at the Hanns Eisler-Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and the opera studio at the Hamburg State Opera. She continues to receive major awards, including the high distinction of Premio Franco Abbiati della Critica Musicale Italiana.

Her uniquely compelling voice and stage presence allow Ms. Peretyatko to combine an active opera career with frequent recitals at the most legendary venues. There is hardly a major opera house that has not yet invited her to sing lead roles, including Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Berlin, Munich and Hamburg state operas, Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opera House, Lausanne Opera, Opera Monte Carlo, La Fenice in Venice, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Real in Madrid, Opéra Bastille in Paris, Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she returned several times, most recently to perform at Lucia di Lammermoor.

Ms. Peretyatko has collaborated with the world’s most renowned directors, including Robert Lepage, whose acclaimed 2009 production of Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol in Toronto confirmed her status as one of the top sopranos of our time. She sang Marfa in provocative Dmitri Tcherniakov take on The Tsar’s Bride, which was presented in 2013-2014 first at Staatsoper Unter den Linden and then in Teatro alla Scala. In 2017 she sang Leila, the main role in Wim Wender’s operatic debut in Bizet’s Les Pecheurs des Perles, under musical direction of Daniel Barenboim. She is a frequent guest star at the most prestigious opera festivals including Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Aix-en-Provence and Pesaro, Chorégies d’Orange, where video recordings of her performances in the productions of Matilde di Shabran, Sigismondo, and La Scala di Seta were released worldwide on DECCA, Arthaus Musik, and Opus Arte, respectively.

Ms. Peretyatko’s recital schedule has included a performance under the Eiffel Tower for the Bastille Day celebrations in front of a live audience of 600,000 people and an international TV audience of several million viewers. In North America, she sang Strauss’ Four Last Songs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C. with the National Symphony Orchestra. The same repertoire was featured on a tour of China with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Maestro Kent Nagano; its concert recording made in Nante is regularly broadcasted on ARTE. In 2018 she also had her first solo recital at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, and it was a great success.

Olga Peretyatko is an exclusive recording artist of Sony Classical and has just released her fifth album The Secret Fauré, recorded together with tenor Benjamin Bruns and Sinfonieorchester Basel, with Ivor Bolton’s conducting. Her broad discography also includes Russian Light (2017, OPUS Klassik Award 2018), presenting some of the most beautiful arias and songs of the Russian repertoire; Rossini! (2015), awarded as Best solo album of the year at the renowned ECHO Klassik, and belcanto albums La Bellezza del Canto (2011) and Arabesque (2013).

Olga Peretyatko was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia and started her musical career singing in the children’s choir of the Mariinsky Theatre. She went on to study at the Hanns Eisler-Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and the opera studio at the Hamburg State Opera. She continues to receive major awards, including the high distinction of Premio Franco Abbiati della Critica Musicale Italiana.

Our dear Olga, it’s an honour to have you on the cover of the 3th/2021 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine! Thank you once again for your kind & prompt answer! Recently, your life has majorly changed due to your beautiful blessing, Maya. How does motherhood change you, personally and professionally (even vocally, why not)?

Oh, everything became just more intense, and I have new skills in multitasking, and now I can do 250 things at the same time, even nursing my baby girl! Sometimes I have to be calm like Buddha, to be able to organize everything and to remain a kind of peaceful oasis for my daughter and everybody around. Voice is even better now, bigger, softer, juicer with still 3 octaves of vocal range. I’m happy! 

Like yourself, who was born in a musical environment, your father being a baritone, member of the choir of the Mariinsky Theater, your daughter will be raised surrounded by opera. If she told you one day that she wanted to follow your footsteps, what would be your first advice for her?

No way! At least one member of my family has to stay normal! I’m kidding. If we see that she has a musical talent, it has to be  developed! Music doesn’t disturb and only helps!

The first opera performance that you attended was Gounod’s Faust, as you said some time ago in another interview, am I right? Do you remember who were the singers and how old were you and what was your first thought about it? Was that the moment when you decided to become an opera singer?

I was like 4 years old, so I can’t tell you who the singers were, but I remember the sensation of absolute rapture! And frankly, I don’t remember at all the moment, when I decided to become an opera singer. Singing was just something normal for me, my mother told me, I started singing first, and  then I started talking. 

Read the entire interview & many other interesting articles here, in the 3rd/2021 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.

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