Russian mezzo-soprano Alisa Kolosova opens her 2016/17 season with her debut at the BBC Proms, performing Verdi Requiem with Marin Alsop and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Further highlights this season include Olga Eugene Onegin for Chicago Lyric Opera and Polish National Opera, Verdi Requiem with the Orchestre National de Paris and Jérémie Rhorer, Ravel Shéhérazade with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Mikko Franck, and Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky with the Utah Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Thierry Fischer.
Kolosova has appeared to great acclaim at many of the most prestigious theatres throughout the world, including the Opéra National de Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Wiener Staatsoper, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and performed at venues including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kennedy Centre and Carnegie Hall. Recent highlights include a critically acclaimed Isoletta La Straniera at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, her debut as Dalila in Saint Sans’ Samson et Dalila in Basel, Maddalena Rigoletto at the Bayerische Staatsoper and for Rome Opera, her debut for Dutch National Opera debut in a new production of Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette, The Glagolitic Mass with Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Tonhalle in Zurich, and Foreign Princess Rusalka at the Opéra National de Paris and at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis.
On the concert platform recent highlights for Kolosova include her Carnegie Hall debut with performances of Scriabin’s Symphony No.1 and Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Requiem and Vivaldi’s Magnificat at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Schubert’s Mass No.5 with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischer Rundfunk and Vivaldi Magnificat with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Kolosova has collaborated with conductors including Ivor Bolton, Vasily Petrenko, Alain Altinoglu, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Evelino Pidò, Franz Welser-Möst, Riccardo Muti, William Christie and Ivor Bolton.
A former member of the Atelier Lyrique at the Opéra National de Paris and the Salzburg Festival Young Artists Programme, Kolosova came to international attention in 2010 at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, performing in the acclaimed production of Mozart’s La Betulia liberata under the baton of Riccardo Muti. Between 2011 to 2014 she was a member of the ensemble of Wiener Staatsoper where her roles included Polina Pique Dame, Olga Eugene Onegin, Fenena Nabucco, Suzuki Madama Butterfly and Bersi Andrea Chenier.
Verdi Requiem at the BBC Proms
Olga Eugene Onegin for Chicago Lyric Opera and Polish National Opera,
Verdi Requiem with the Orchestre National de Paris
Ravel Shéhérazade with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky with the Utah Symphony Orchestra
J. S. Bach
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Das Lied von der Erde
Oratorio di Natale
Title role Carmen*
Title role La favorita *
Orsini Lucrezia Borgia
Foreign Princess Rusalka
Vanya A Life for a Tzar
Orphée Orphée et Euridice
Varvara Katya Kabanova
Giuditta La betulia liberata
Fyodor & Marina Boris Godunov*
Nicoletta The Love for Three Oranges
Suzuki Madama Butterfly
Lyubasha The Tsar's Bride
Marchesa Melibea Il viaggio a Reims
Calbo Maometto II
Isabella Italiana in Algeri *
Olga Eugene Onegin
Polina Pique Dame
With her rich, shiny mezzo and emotional intensity Ms Kolosova was immediately a flesh-and-blood Isoletta. Her heartfelt rejected bride aria was one of the few moments when this mostly earthbound performance took flight
A voice that is never full of itself or harsh but supple, distinctly coloured, and technically versed – a tremendous discovery
Alisa Kolosova’s full-bodied mezzo-soprano — a thing of beauty