Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2014/15 Season, singing Musetta (La bohème).
Bakanova was born in Mednogorsk and studied at the Gnessin State College, the Gnessin Academy of Music and in Rome with Gioacchino Gitto. From 2005 to 2009 she was a soloist with the Novaya Opera, Moscow, during which time her engagements also included Gilda (Rigoletto) in Trapani, Ascoli Piceno, Genoa and for the St Margarethen Festival, Austria, and Sophie (Werther) in Reggio Calabria. Engagements since include Lucia di Lammemoor on tour in Italy, Angelica (Haydn’s Orlando paladino) for Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, Gilda in Torre del Lago, Violetta (La traviata), Musetta and Micaëla (Carmen) for La Fenice, Venice, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) for Teatro Regio, Turin, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for Opéra de Montpéllier, Elena (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze) for the Teatro Comunale, Florence, Norina (Don Pasquale) in Beijing and Oscar (Un ballo in maschera) for Arena di Verona.
Bakanova has sung to acclaim in gala concerts in Vienna and Madrid. Her awards include the Audience Prize at the Hans Gabor Belvedere competition and first prize at the Bilbao International Singing Competition.