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Liudmyla Monastyrska

Soprano

Biography

Liudmyla Monastyrska in action.
Liudmyla Monastyrska as Abigaille in Nabucco, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska made her Royal Opera debut in 2011 as Aida. She has since sung Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), including on tour to Japan, Abigaille (Nabucco) and Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) for The Royal Opera. In the 2018/19 Season she sings Leonora (La forza del destino) for The Royal Opera.

Monastyrska was born in Kiev and studied at the Kiev Tchaikovsky Music Academy. She made her debut with the Ukraine National Opera in 1996 as Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), and was appointed a principal soprano with Ukraine National Opera in 1998. There her roles included Aida, La Gioconda, Amelia, Liza (The Queen of Spades) and Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana). She began her international career in 2010 singing Tosca for Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Puccini Festival, Torre del Lago. She has since sung for companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Milan, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Paris Opéra, Liceu, Barcelona, Teatro Real, Madrid, and Houston Grand Opera. Along with her aforementioned roles her repertory includes Norma, Lucrezia Contarini (I due Foscari), Leonora (Il trovatore), Elizabeth of Valois (Don Carlo), Manon Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) and Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana). She has performed Verdi’s Requiem for Salzburg Easter Festival and with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Monastyrska’s recordings include a DVD of Macbeth with The Royal Opera for Opus Arte. She is a passionate promoter of Ukrainian music.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Verdi’s Nabucco on demand

9 June 2016
Watch: Verdi’s <em>Nabucco</em> on demand

Daniele Abbado’s production starring Plácido Domingo was live-streamed online and relayed to BP Big Screens around the UK.

Watch: Plácido Domingo and Liudmyla Monastyrska on the challenges of Nabucco

18 February 2016
Watch: Plácido Domingo and Liudmyla Monastyrska on the challenges of <em>Nabucco</em>

The singers discuss the complexities of Verdi’s Biblical epic, a challenge for any singer.

Sky Arts set to broadcast seven ROH productions during autumn 2015

24 August 2015
Sky Arts set to broadcast seven ROH productions during autumn 2015

A number of recent Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions will be shown on Sky Arts over the coming months.

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