Several young artists joined the opera and ballet companies of the Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera House in October 2020. They are opera singers Anna Avakyan, Edward Arutyunyan, Valentin Kolesnikov, and ballet dancers Nikiya Zaychenko and Matvey Nikishaev.
Krasnoyarsk music theatre fans could have listened to soprano singer Anna Avakyan at the gala concert that would close the Bel Canto in Siberia project back in March. But the pandemic interfered with the plans of the theatre to hold the concert. Anna graduated from the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music. For three years, she has worked at the Oldenburg Opera House in Germany. In the meantime, the young singer gained considerable experience having performed parts in operas both of the classical repertoire (Verdi, Mozart, Wagner, Bizet) and the contemporary one (Glass, Weinberg, Frid, and others).
Tenor singer Valentin Kolesnikov graduated from the Faculty of Culture and Arts of the Omsk State University and trained in Italy. Between 2017 and 2020, he was a principal singer of the Omsk Music Theatre; he performed at the Omsk Philharmonic, as well. The Valentin’s repertoire includes roles in the operas La Traviata by
Verdi (the part of Alfred), Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky (Lensky), the works by Rachmaninoff, Richard Strauss, Bach, Haydn, as well as Soviet composers Dunaevsky and Alexandrov. Now Valentin is already working on the role of the Duke in the new production of Rigoletto at the Krasnoyarsk Opera House; he’s going to perform it in its premiere on October 17.
Edward Arutyunyan studied at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory from 2008 to 2014. Edward is a soloist of the Talents of the World Foundation; he used to work at the Natalya Sats Music Theatre and was a soloist of the male chamber choir conducted by V. Rybin. He performed in Carmen by Bizet (the part of Jose), Il Tabarro by Puccini.
Krasnoyarsk spectators have already got acquainted with the talent of Matvey Nikishaev: on October 10, he debuted in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake as Rothbart. Nikiya Zaychenko is just about to debut in our theatre. Matvey Nikishaev graduated from the Lavrovsky Moscow State Choreography College and was already invited to the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, but he decided to join the team of the Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre.