Elena Kononenko

Elena Kononenko


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«"The star of the evening was Elena Kononenko: one of those singers from the East, who possess simply all the requirements for a world-career. The Kononenko was a Violetta such as the real Dame of the Camelias: she acted with much temperament and girl-like sex-appeal, transforming herself throughout the evening into a tender tregediènne. Her voice has personal charm, is secure in all registers, blooming wonderfully in the high-notes with a light metallic shine. In the final scene she achieved a level of human truthfulness, reaching far beyond the level of beautiful singing."»
Drehpunkt Kultur Salzburg (2017)
«"In the Aria of Abigaille in Nabucco, Elena Kononenko proved with her imposing, interesting, round, exceptional and luscious voice, that one can actually sing this piece, and not as it is usually done, scream it. She mastered all the technical challenges of this aria. If anything, perhaps such an endlessly long piece extrapolated the frame of the evening, but by no means, the capacity of this excellent singer."»
Der Neue Merker (2017)
«"Elena Kononenko als Tosca beherrschte sowohl das schauspielerische als auch das gesangliche Element. Eine nicht unbedingt selbstverstaendliche Leistung im Operngenre. Die Sopranarie "Nur der Schöncheit weiht ich mein Leben" war von ausgezeichnet stimmlicher Praesenz geprägt."»
Ostfriesen Zeitung (2017)
2017Mozart: Die Zauberflöte2. Dame
2016Verdi: Il TrovatoreLeonora
2015Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2008Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Anna
2007Verdi: La TraviataVioletta Valéry


      Russian soprano Elena Kononenko was born in Minsk. Also a trained pianist, she studied voice at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, and attended master classes directed by Francisco Araiza, Bruno Pola, Virginia Zeani,Grace Bumbry and Adriana Stamenova Porta .

     Between 2001 and 2003, she sang two principal roles at the Bolschoi Theatre in Moscow, in operas by Rimsky-Korsakov: Marfa in The Tsar's Bride and the Queen of Schemachan in The Golden Cockerel. In 2000, Elena Kononenko performed with the celebrated tenor José Carreras in Moscow and St. Petersburg, under the baton of David Gimenez. She gave further successful performances at the Johann Strauss Festival in St. Petersburg under the auspices of the Mariinsky Theatre, with Roberto Alagna and Lubov Kazarnovskaya in Moscow (2003), and with Simon Estes in the House of Music in Moscow (2007). Until 2007, Kononenko was lyric coloratura soloist in the Moscow Chamber Opera under the direction of Boris Pokrowsky. Guest performances have taken her to major opera houses and concert halls worldwide, including Teatro Colón/Buenos Aires, Cairo Opera House, Oji Hall/Tokyo, Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, Milan Summer Festival, Teatro Regio/Turin, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Amsterdam, Paris, Strasbourg, Rome and Taipei. Also well-versed in the concert repertoire, Elena Kononenko has appeared in the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuri Simonow.
      Elena Kononenko's repertoire includes not only the leading soprano roles in Italian opera, but also works by Denisov, Schnittke and Shostakovich. In October 2006 she sang the Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok in the Gasteig concert hall/Munich, in the first performance by the Zeitsprung ensemble, to mark Shostakovich's 100th birthday. Her rendering of the role of Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata in winter 2007 led to a successful début in the Small Festival Hall [now Haus für Mozart] in Salzburg. During the 2008/09 season she sang the title role in Puccini's Tosca, which saw the start of her development as a dramatic soprano, and brought her guest performances as Tosca in many theatres and at opera festivals in Norway, Denmark, Germany, England and Austria.
      Elena Kononenko has lived in Salzburg since 2008, and continues to celebrate international successes as an opera - and recital soloist. Her repertoire has expanded to include great Verdi heroines such as Abigaille and Lady Macbeth, Wagner roles such as Elisabeth and Isolde, as well as Tschaikowsky´s Lisa in "Pique Dame" and the title role in Dargomyzhsky's "Rusalka". She is a soloist of the Oper im Berg Salzburg, company with which she sang between 2015 and 2017 the leading soprano roles in Verdi´s "Il Trovatore" and Puccini´s "Tosca" in Salzburg and at the Schloss Amerang in Germany .  Other recent successes include a Gala of Italian Opera at the Grosse Universitätsaula in Salzburg aside Kammersängerin Grace Bumbry and the "Opera Concert for Peace" at the Salzburg Cathedral. Future engagements include concerts at the Skive Opera Festival in Denmark and the role of Abigaille with Oper im Berg Festival in the 2018 Season.  
     Elena Kononenko was awarded the title "Merited Artist of the Russian Federation" for her artistic achievements.  

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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte 2. Dame Immediately Oper im Berg Festival 2017
Verdi: Il Trovatore Leonora 1 week Oper im Berg Festival 2016
Puccini: Tosca Floria Tosca Immediately Oper im Berg Festival 2015
Mozart: Don Giovanni Donna Anna Immediately Moscow Chamber Opera 2008
Verdi: La Traviata Violetta Valéry 1 week Schlote Productions 2007


Merited Artist of the russian federation