THE CORONATION OF POPPEA – Ottavia, Ryedale Festival Opera
Russian mezzo-soprano Maria Ostroukhova began her international career after winning the Michael Oliver Prize at the London Handel Competition in 2015. Her upcoming performances and recent engagements include Arsace ORMISDA with the London Handel Festival, Bradamante ALCINA for the Lammermuir Festival and Ryedale Festival Opera, Rosmilda in Handel’s pasticcio Elpidia at St. Georges Hanover Square, Albino in Johann Hasse’s I pellegrini al Sepolchro di Nostro Signore, in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Philharmonic Hall, Emirena in Pergolesi’s ADRIANO IN SIRIA at Cadogan Hall, and the Mozart Requiem at St. Martin in the Fields. Upcoming engagements include being an Alvarez Young Artist covering Ino SEMELE for Garsington Opera.
Other roles include Ottavia and Fortuna in Monteverdi’s CORONATION OF POPPEA, Mrs. Herring ALBERT HERRING, Die Dritte Dame DIE ZAUBERFLOETE, Carilda ARIANNA IN CRETA, Maman, La Tasse Chinoise, and La Libellule L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES and the title-role GIULIO CESARE IN EGITTO. Concert performances encompass Verdi’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Janacek’s The Diary of the One Who Disappeared and Mahler’s Symphony #2. Her professional recordings include “A lullaby for Princess Charlotte” by Dr Olga Thomas produced by the Royal Marines’ Bandmaster and the Cruise Bereavement Care as a private gift for Her Majesty the Queen.
Born into a family of Muscovite musicians, Maria started her professional musical education at the age of 6. Her formal education include degrees from the Moscow Gnessins’ College of Music as a pianist and accompanist with Anna Arzamanova and Marianna Shalitaeva, graduated magna cum laude, the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire as a pianist, harpsichordist, historical piano and basso continuo with Yuri Martynov and Alexandra Koreneva and recently graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, with a Master of Vocal Performance and a Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance, both with distinction.