Antonina Ermolenko

Antonina Ermolenko

Dramatic Coloratura Soprano

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«“The three art songs of Kos-Anatolsky were the highlight of the recital: Koly zasnuly syni hory (When the Blue Mountains Fall Asleep), Bili troiandy (White Roses), and Nezabutnii val’s (The Unforgettable Waltz). The lyricism and emotional depth of these three pieces, sung so expressively, brought quite a few tears to the eyes of the audience."»
New Pathway (Canada) (2017)
«“Der erste Konzertauftritt der in Kanada lebenden Sopranistin Antonia Ermolenko in Deutschland gerät dagegen derartig kraftvoll, dass die Arie „Tacea la notte placida“ aus der Verdi-Oper „Il Trovatore“ mutmaßlich noch im Aartal zu hören ist.”»
Wiesbadener Tagblatt (2017)
«"THE FIRST CONCERT APPEARANCE IN GERMANY OF CANADIAN SOPRANO ANTONINA ERMOLENKO, WAS SUNG WITH SUCH A POWERFUL VOICE THAT THE ARIA „TACEA LA NOTTE PLACIDA" FROM VERDI'S OPERA „IL TROVATORE “ CAN PROBABLY STILL BE HEARD IN THE VALLEY (A DAY AFTER).»
WIESBADENER TAGBLATT (2017)
2017Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Anna
2017Lieder RecitalSoprano
2017Gluck: Orfeo ed EuridiceEuridice
2016Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2013Puccini: Suor AngelicaAngelica
2012Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2011Puccini: La BohèmeMimì
2010Puccini: Madama ButterflyLa Cugina
2009Verdi: RigolettoCountess Ceprano
2009Puccini: La BohèmeMusetta

Bio


Canadian soprano Antonina Ermolenko has been hailed as "one of today’s most promising vocalists" by musicologist Wasyl Sydorenko (New Pathway), and her voice has most recently been described as a "powerful instrument" by Hendrik Jung (Wiesbaden Tagblatt). Ms. Ermolenko's current season includes Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni with Opera Classica Europa - at the historical Ekhof-Theater in Gotha, Germany - in the fall of 2016, Donna Anna with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre in the winter of 2017, as well as recitals in Warsaw and Hamburg.Earlier this season, Antonina had the pleasure of performing with the Johann Strauß Ochester Wiesbaden under the baton of Mo. Herbert Siebert. 

​Antonina's accomplishments include placing at the Opera Classica Europa competition in Bad Schwalbach, Germany in 2015, and being a grantee of the Olga Forrai Foundation (New York) in 2014. Ms. Ermolenko was pre-qualified for the final rounds of the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, and the finals of the Czech-Slovak International Voice Competition (Montreal, Canada) in 2013.

In recent months Ms. Ermolenko's studies and career development as well as the advice of some trusted professionals in the field, have led her to explore and specialize in the bel canto repertoire, spanning the works of Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, and Verdi. She has found great fulfillment in delving deep into this beautiful music, and is grateful to the teachers and coaches who have contributed to making this shift a possibility. 

Over the past few years, Antonina has had the pleasure to perform with companies such as Newfoundland and Labrador’s Bay of Islands Musical Arts in Canada, with which she sang the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica; as well as the New York Lyric Opera, where she portrayed Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and became one of the few sopranos to tackle the role of Carmen in Bizet’s opus of the same name (with performances taking place at Symphony Space in NYC). ​Antonina has also collaborated with The Martha Cardona Theatre (NY), where she returned twice to sing the role of Mimì in La Bohème; and the Dell’arte Opera Ensemble (NY), with which she first got to know Puccini's masterpiece in the role of Musetta. 

Antonina spent her first year out of college as a Resident Artist with the Dicapo Opera Theatre in New York, where she portrayed the roles of the Contessa Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto, La Cugina in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Mavis the Tractor in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. 

During her time studying in New York, Ms. Ermolenko channeled her passion for contemporary music by championing and premiering new works, such as Flagello’s The Sisters, in which she sang the role of Hester; Penhorwood’s Too Many Sopranos, where she portrayed Madame Pompous; and Ward’s Roman Fever, in which she performed the role of Jennie Slade. Most recently, Antonina premiered Seven Strings by Zenon Lawryshyn, appearing at the Glenn Gould Studio (where she gave her debut recital in 2011) in Toronto, Canada, as the Soprano Soloist with the Vesnivka Choir. 

Antonina received her Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance from the prestigious Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, and her Masters Degree in the same from Hunter College, CUNY, in New York. She has been involved with music since age 5, at which time she began studying piano.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Don Giovanni Donna Anna New York Lyric Opera Theatre 2017
Lieder Recital Soprano Warsaw, Poland 2017
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice Euridice 2017
Mozart: Don Giovanni Donna Elvira Immediately Opera Classica Europa 2016
Puccini: Suor Angelica Angelica Immediately Bay of Islands Musical Arts 2013

Awards

Prizewinner at the Opera Classica Europa competition (Germany)
2017
GRANTEE OF THE OLGA FORRAI FOUNDATION (United States)
2017
QUALIFIED for the FINALS OF THE CZECH-SLOVAK INTERNATIONAL VOICE COMPETITION (CANADA)
2017