Pelageya Kurennaya

Pelageya Kurennaya

Soprano

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«Another diva of this evening – Pelageya Kurennaya. Pelageya graduated last year from the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory und was immediately invited to the Mariinsky Theatre. It is the star that is burning on the eyes. A young fragile girl with a physique not only for opera singers, extracts sounds of impressive depth. She sings easily one of the most complex opera roles – Bellini’s Norma, followed by likewise admirable Rossini in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. Her final contribution to this festival’s final concert – Giuditta’s “Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß” in perfect German was greeted with enthusiastic applause, not only because her attractive dancing.»
Arias - Concert Festival Stars on Baikal, Irkutsk Galina solonina (2017)
«The undoubted success of the performance was the debut of a young singer from St. Petersburg, soprano Pelageya Kurennaya. She touchingly put on the stage the image of the heroine Zamarashka, sincerely giving it humanity and warmth of heart. For many singers this is a milestone work, especially for our debutante Pelageya Kurennaya, a wonderful young singer. She played this responsible role, which was entrusted with wringing, in my opinion brilliantly, musically, and artistically. This singer has a very beautiful timbre. (Valery Gergiev)»
Classical Music News Victor Alexandrov (2017)
«Meiner Meinung nach wäre PELAGEYA KURENNAYA die angemessenere Besetzung für die Susanna gewesen, denn die junge Sängerin besitzt in ihrem zweiten Jahr (als Gast) am Mariinsky eine aufregend schöne, dunkel timbrierte Stimme, was mich als Freund individuell timbrierter Stimmen bei den ersten Tönen ihrer Barbarina sogleich aufhorchen ließ. Erfreulich, dass sie am 1. November bei der (russisch gesungenen) Nozze di Figaro-Produktion in der Mariinsky-Konzerthalle ihre erste Susanna singen darf. Von dieser jungen Dame wird man noch viel hören!»
Barbarina - Le Nozze di Figaro Mariinsky Theatre Sune Manninen (2017)
2017Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroBarbarina
2017Britten: The Turn of the ScrewFlora
2017Bizet: CarmenFrasquita
2017Tchaikovsky: IolantaBrigitta
2017Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama)Prilepa
2017Cilea: Adriana LecouvreurMlle Jouvenot
2016Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroSusanna
2016Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's BrideMarfa
2016Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama)Prilepa
2015Purcell: Dido and AeneasBelinda
2015Orff: Carmina BuranaSoprano
2014Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama)Prilepa

Bio


Pelageya Kurennaya was born in Mityakinskiy (Rostov region). At the age of 12 she started singing in the Music School. In 2007 she entered the Ippolitov-Ivanov Music College in Moscow. In 2010 she went to the preparation course for the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire in St. Petersburg and was in 2011 accepted for the first course. In summer 2016 she graduated from the Conservatoire, where she had studied in the class of Professor Tamara Novichenko, who had also taught Anna Netrebko.

At the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire she had sung First Lady and Belinda in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”, Barbarina and Susanna in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Brigitta in Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta, Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride” and Rosina in Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia”.

She has been prize-winner at several international singing competitions:

2008, St. Petersburg: Diploma-recipient at the II International Elena Obraztsova Vocalists’ Competition

2009, Moscow: 2nd prize at the VI Festival Competition of Opera Singing “Silver Voice”

2009, Moscow: 2nd prize at the “Festival dedicated to Fyodor Shalyapin”

2010, Bari / Italy: 3rd prize at the Piero Argento International Music Competition

2013, Milan / Italy: finalist at the International Magda Oliviero Opera Singers’ Competition

2013, Moscow: Grand-Prix at the International Russian Romance Competition “Romansiada”

2014, St. Petersburg: prize-winner at the International Competition “Three Centuries of Classical Romance”

2014, Moscow: finalist at the II All-Russian Music Competition

2015, St. Petersburg: 2nd and audience prize at the Opera Singers’ Competition of Irina Bogacheva

2017, Pärnu, Semifinalist at Klaudia Taev Singing Competition

She has participated in master classes by Elena Obraztsova, Vladimir Chernov and Diana Zola as well as in the Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program,Craig Rutenberg,Paolo de Napoli.

In October 2014 Pelageya Kurennaya debuted as Prilepa in concert performances (plus recording) of “The Queen of Spades” under Mariss Jansons in Munich and Luxemburg and sang the same role in June / July 2016 in a stage production in Amsterdam, again under Mariss Jansons with Stefan Herheim as stage director.

In May 2015 she debuted at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg as Masha in “The Queen of Spades” under Valery Gergiev. After she had sung, again under Maestro Gergiev, in St. Petersburg and Munich Rodion Shchedrin’s Romance for Soprano and Strings with the title “Tanya-Katya”, she had performed in December 2015 at the Mariinsky Theatre in the world-premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s latest opera “A Christmas Tale” the main role, Zamarashka.

In July 2017 she made her Finland debut at Valery Gergiev’s 25th Mikkeli Music Festival, singing under Gergiev’s baton Shchedrin’s “Tanya-Katya” and giving her (first) recital with Marita Viitasalo as pianist.

in September 2017 she sang Glière’s Concerto for soprano & orchestra and Mozart’s concert aria “Bella mia fiamma”in the opening of new season in Kuopio under Alberto Hold-Garrido and in Pärnu under Sasha Mäkilä.

In september 2017 Pelageya was invited by Russian pianist Denis Matsuev to participate in his “Stars of the Baikal Festival” in Irkutsk, where she sang with Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Sladkovsky.

In April 2018 she will make her US-debut, invited by Hannu Lintu to sing the soprano solo in Rachmaninov’s “The Bells” with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.








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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Barbarina Immediately Mariinsky Theatre 2017
Britten: The Turn of the Screw Flora Immediately Mariinsky Theatre 2017
Bizet: Carmen Frasquita No Mariinsky Theatre 2017
Tchaikovsky: Iolanta Brigitta Immediately Mariinsky Theatre 2017
Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama) Prilepa Immediately Mariinsky Theatre 2017

Awards

Opera Awards Recording (Complete Opera) Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (BR Klassik)
2017
2nd prize at the VI Festival Competition of Opera Singing “Silver Voice”
2017
2nd prize at the “Festival dedicated to Fyodor Shalyapin”
2017
3rd prize at the Piero Argento International Music Competition (Italy)
2017
Grand-Prix at the International Russian Romance Competition “Romansiada”
2017
prize-winner at the International Competition “Three Centuries of Classical Romance”
2017
2nd and audience prize at the Opera Singers Competition of Irina Bogacheva
2017