“With a rich mezzo-soprano voice Ostroukhova brought out both the tragic side and the bitch-goddess in this character, a fine performance.”
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 and in 2017 was an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington, covering Ino SEMELE. Upcoming engagements include include Dardano AMADIGI at the London Handel Festival, Ottavia L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA at the Longborough Festival and Les Noces with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko.
Other roles include Ottavia and Fortuna in Monteverdi’s CORONATION OF POPPEA, Mrs. Herring ALBERT HERRING, 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 Disappearedand 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 six. 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