We were delighted that rising opera star Elizaveta Soina sat down to chat with us about her upcoming tour. Elizaveta Soina is a lyric soprano and soloist at the Novaya Opera Theatre. She participates in festivals and takes master-classes at the International Masters Vocal School in Moscow, where her specialisation is world operas. Elizaveta will be performing for the first time in Australia with Russia’s finest opera singers in a theatrical presentation - Opera Mania. The presentation includes the Moscow Novaya Opera Soloists and Orchestra with dancers from the Russian Imperial Ballet. The season tours around Australia, beginning on Thursday April 4 in Adelaide.
What studies did you undertake to become a professional opera singer?
I went through the youth program competition for novice singers at the Lyon National Opera, where I performed the Triptych of one-act operas by Puccini. During my internship there were a lot of singers from France and other European countries. My English and my French made it easy for me to communicate and work with complete understanding. Youth programs help to get you into the opera world and understand European tradition.
What roles have you played during your time at the Novaya Opera Theatre? Do you have a favourite?
From my perspective I am considered a spinto soprano – a lyric-dramatic soprano. It requires time and will probably take five to ten years to get to the point where I can start to sing the spinto repertoire – that is the likelihood for the development of my voice. So mentally I'm preparing for dramatic parts from Wagner and Verdi.
Are there any places you would love to see while in Australia?
Would love to see architecture sights such as Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge......to look at the magnificent landscapes, eucalyptus forests and famous Ayers Rock.
Do you come from a musical family?
No my mother is a doctor, my father makes documentary films. Mum’s family came from the Don Cossacks, and there everyone sings. My grandmother told me - and I remember from my childhood - that when the family got together, her brothers and everyone sang Cossack songs in pure strong voices. Therefore, I think that my voice comes by nature out of the Cossack breed.
What inspired you to pursue a career as an opera singer?
At school a lot of time was devoted to studies in the choir; we had rehearsals and performances in Russia and abroad. Singing in the choir is a celebration of life; that’s where I first became a soloist. It was at the music school where I made friends who were also passionate about music.
What books do you like to read?
Recently, I read the works of Guy de Maupassant, Jane Austen and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When I read - all the time I make a note to myself - that a particular image, demeanour, description of a look can be used in such and such a role, or a description of a manner of walking – I imagine what kind of character can be created. In everything that you see and hear there is a goal, and life becomes full of meaning. The same thing happens when watching dramas, reading books in English - in the background your profession constantly looms over your thinking.
What are you most looking forward to on your Australian tour?
In Australia I'd like to see unique nature of this continent.Of course, I'd like to see a kangaroo, koala and other animals, which you can see only in Australia. For me, as a musician, it would be interesting to learn more about culture of aborigines, their music, its connection with mythology... to see and to listen to the didgeridoo, because all this is absolutely wonderful and unique!
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