Yelena Dudochkin (Coloratura/Snow Maiden) burst onto the opera scene as "a welcome change of pace." She debuted with Opera Boston as Podtochina's Daughter in the New England premier production of The Nose in February 2009 with great success, and recently won First Prize in the Golden Voices of America competition, subsequently performing in the winner's concert at Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall. She has also performed to much acclaim, in prestigious venues such as Alice Tully Hall and The Russian Consulate in New York, Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston, Mikkeli Hall in Finland, and Palazzo di Boncompagni in Italy. Radio and television appearances include the Russian Radio and R.ai Italian television. Yelena "amazed the audience with brilliantly clear and difficult coloratura passages she seemed to sing with ease" as Shemakhan Queen. Her "beautiful voice and Italian [singing] school was apparent" in her recent performance as Violetta (La Traviata). Yelena apprenticed with the Mariinsky Academy for Young Singers working under Elena Obraztsova and Larisa Gergieva and then continued her studies in Italy with Luciana Serra from La Scala. Recent season highlights include Longwood Opera, the YSO Orchestra in Jordan Hall, Ticino Musica Festival in Italy and Opera Classica Europa in Germany.
Irina Mozyleva (Soprano/Kupava) is a recitalist and chamber performer whose New York appearances have included Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Trinity Church, the New York Public Library, the Russian Consulate, the United Nations, and Caramoor Music Room. Ms. Mozyleva has performed over fifty solo recitals in various venues in America and abroad. Critics have variously described her voice as sweet-timbered with beautifully rounded top-to-bottom tone, brilliant, melting, and of impressive virtuosity. She often performs the music of Russian composers, particularly Shostakovich, whose works she has sung with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, the Philadelphia Piano Trio, the Innisfree Piano Trio, and with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra; with the latter she performed From Jewish Poetry. Ms. Mozyleva's operatic engagements have included the role of Rosina in John Copley's production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the San Francisco Opera Merola Young Artist Program and the role of Anna in The Curtis Institute of Music production of Kissing and Horrid Strife in association with the Philadelphia Opera Company, among others. Born in Belarus, Ms. Mozyleva studied opera at the Moscow Conservatory in Russia and at the Julliard School of Music in New York. She completed formal training at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and was the recipient of a full scholarship to The Tangelwood Music Festival in Massachusetts.
Dmitri Shevelev (Tenor/Tsar) had performed with the New Israeli opera (N.I.O) for four seasons prior to arriving in the United States in 2002. In the U.S., he attended the Staten Island College and the Brooklyn College Conservatory where he performed leading roles in the college opera productions. Dmitri also sings with the choir of the NY and Hamptons Synagogue and performs around the Tri State area with his vocal group "Dolcissimo," which he recently founded together with his partner Esty Crisona. The group features five singers (soprano, three tenors and a baritone) and recently had its debut performance at Carnegie Hall. Dmitri also writes for his own blog at www.russiantenor.wordp-ress.com. Most recent performances include the roles of Lensky in Eugene Onegin and King in Queen Esther.
Olga Lomteva (Mezzo-Soprano/Lel) has performed with numerous companies all over the world, presenting her extensive repertoire of operatic roles by Verdi, Puccini, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Mussorgsky. Born and educated in Russia, she graduated from the vocal class of the renown opera singer Elena Obraztsova at Moscow Conservatory of Music. Currently, Olga is engaged at the New York City Opera Company. On a concert stage, she has appeared at various prestigious venues, including Weil Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and Symphony Space.
Vladimir Shvets (Janitor/Mizgir), prizewinner in the Bellini International Vocal Competition, Italy, made his Washington Opera debut in Boris Godunov and returned for Morales in Carmen, Curio in Giulio Cesare, and in Sly. He has appeared as Count in Le Nozze di Figaro at Rome's New Opera Festival, Escamillo, Taddeo, Leporello, and Masetto on tour with Western Opera Theater, and Teatro Lirico D'Europa. On the concert stage he has performed with the MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, National Philharmonic at Strathmore Music Centre and in Bel Canto Festival at New York's Caramoor. Originally from the Ukraine, Mr. Shvets grew up in Moscow, where he graduated from Lunacharski National Institute of Theater Arts. He studied in U.S. at the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University and was several times a participant of a prestigious Merola Opera Program with San Francisco Opera. He currently resides in NY and performs with the Metropolitan Opera chorus.
Eric Keller (Bass/Bermyata) received his graduate degree in Vocal Performance at the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia. Immediately following his studies in Russia, he became a member of the Internationales Opernstudio at Opernhaus Zurich where he sang the roles of Mr. Budd in Albert Herring, Masetto in Don Giovanni and Angelotti in Tosca. He then sang at Staatstheater Nurnberg (Germany), performing roles such as Hans Foltz in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto and Luther in Les contes d'Hoffmann. His festival credits include the roles of Zuniga in Carmen at the Bad Hersfeld Open Air Opera Festival in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, the Commendatore and Don Carlo in Aleksander Dargomyzhsky's opera The Stone Guest at the Paley Festival in Richmond, VA, Ben in Menotti's The Telephone at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the bass soloist in Bach's Canata Nos. 208 & 212, Handel's Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne and Purcell's Come Ye Son's of Art (Birthday Ode to Queen Mary) at the Wicklow Festival in Wicklow, Ireland. His latest roles were Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro at Symphony Space in New York City, Lord Tonosan in the Japanese opera Amanjaku and Urikohime at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and A Concert of Russian Music in Guangzhou, China with Maestro Alexander Vedernikov. Future engagements include the role of Rocco in Fidelio at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore.
Stephanie Godino (Choreographer) was born and raised in New York city. She has danced with many companies including Kansas City Ballet, "Lotte Goslar's Pantomime Circus", The Metropolitan Opera Ballet and New York City Opera Ballet. Stephanie has choreographed for the DiCapo Opera; Bronx Opera and State Repertory of New Jersey, where she directed the Marriage of Figaro, L'elisir d'amore and Don Pasquale. Stephanie teaches ballet and character dance at the Joffrey Ballet school in NYC, sings in an acapella chorus and directs a church choir.
Arnold Shvetsov (Stage Director) is a graduate of Moscow's renowned GITIS (State Academy for Theatrical Arts, Moscow). His work in Russia includes Goldoni's The Quarrels In Chioggia at the Zlatoust State Theater, Double Double by Elice & Rees at Stanislavsky Moscow Drama Theater in Moscow and adaptations of the Grimm Brothers tale Frau Holle as well as O'Henry's The Ransom Of Red Chief, which has been running for more than 20 years (over 1000 perfomances!) at the Gogol Moscow Drama Theater in Moscow. In the United States, directing credits include Two Poodels by Simon Zlotnikov at the Aborns Art Center at the Henry Street Settlement, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at the 78th Street Theatre Lab and the Stravinsky opera Mavra at Merkin Hall. Mr. Shvetsov also helmed a production of Isadora And Sergei by Nazarenko that played at the Wondering Stars, the Russian-American Musical Theater in New York. In the last two seasons, Mr. Shvetsov has worked with Classical Presentations LLC directing the new production of Queen Esther by A.Markov that had its world premiere at JCC-Manhattan in New York.
Pavel Bogomiakov (Pianist) was born in Novosibirsk, Russia, and began playing the piano at age five. While studying at the Lyceum of Novosibirsk State Conservatory, he participated in four international piano competitions: in Russia (1994 and 1996), Germany (1995), and present-day Serbia (1997), winning 1st Prizes in two of them. Pavel has given numerous recitals, including performances for state governors, and has performed and recorded on the radio and television in his native city, as well as in St. Petersburg. Over several years, he attended piano master classes by a visiting professor from Japan Takashi Yamazaki, and had the opportunity to perform works of composers visiting from abroad. In 1999, Pavel came to the U.S. to study at the Juilliard School's pre-college program under the instruction of Oxana Yablonsky. Upon graduation, he changed track to attend Southampton College and Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a degree in biochemistry and remained for two more years to advance scientific research. He is now pursuing a Master's Degree in Piano at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Arkady Aronov. He is also performing in the New York area as a collaborative pianist and is on staff at Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine.