Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk made her Royal Opera debut in 2008 as Olga (Eugene Onegin) and has since returned to sing Azucena (Il trovatore) and Princess Eboli (Don Carlo). She has also sung at the Royal Opera House with the Kirov Opera as Lehl (The Snow Maiden), Sonya (War and Peace) and Preziosilla (La forza del destino).
Semenchuk studied at the St Petersburg Conservatory. She has sung for many of the world’s major opera companies and concert halls, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, San Francisco Opera, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Paris Opéra, Mariinsky Theatre, Los Angeles Opera, Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Carnegie Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, at the Salzburg, Edinburgh and Ravinia festivals and for Arena di Verona. A specialist in 19th-century dramatic mezzo-soprano repertory, her roles include Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena), Azucena, Eboli (Don Carlo), Amneris (Aida), Laura (La Gioconda), Carmen, Dalila (Samson et Dalila), Ascanio (Benvenuto Cellini), Didon (Les Troyens), Fricka (Die Walküre), Marina (Boris Godunov), Paulina (The Queen of Spades), Lyubov (Mazepa) and Lady Macbeth (including with Plácido Domingo for the Palau de les arts Reina Sofía and Los Angeles Opera).
Semenchuk’s large concert repertory includes Rossini and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Berlioz’s La Mort de Cléopâtre, Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Das klagende Lied and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky. She performs worldwide in recital at venues including Wigmore Hall. Her recordings include Russian songs (Harmonia Mundi) and Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. In 2005 she sang at the wedding of HM the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles, performing Grechaninov’s Orthodox Creed.