Russian mezzo-soprano Anna Goryachova makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as Carmen.
Goryachova grew up in St Petersburg and began her musical studies as a pianist, later studying singing at the St Petersburg State Conservatory. She began her career with St Petersburg Chamber Opera. In 2008 she won second prize in the International Galina Vishnevskaya Competition. In 2009–11 she went on to further studies at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia with Renata Scotto, Anna Vandi and Cesare Scarton, and the Accademia Art Music with Romualdo Savastano. She joined Zürich Opera House in 2012, singing such roles as Alcina (Orlando paladino), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Lucilla (La scala di seta), Marchesa Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims), Magdalene (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Pauline (The Queen of Spades), Page of Herodias (Salome) and Taube (Christian Jost’s Rote Laterne, world premiere).
Goryachova’s engagements elsewhere include Pauline for Dutch National Opera, Ruggiero (Alcina) for Paris Opéra, Dorabella (Così fan tutte) for Teatro Comunale di Bologna and in Florence, Rosina for the Mariinsky Theatre, Angelina (La Cenerentola) for Norwegian National Opera, Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri) and Edoardo (Matilde di Shabran) for the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, Adalgisa (Norma) for Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, and in Trieste and Riga, and Carmen for Opera Vlaanderen and Teatro Real, Madrid. She has sung in opera galas in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Berlin.
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The Russian mezzo-soprano gives us a rendition of Carmen's signature tune before the live cinema relay on 6 March.