Following spectacular debuts at the Paris and Metropolitan Operas and the Salzburg Festival, young Lirico-spinto soprano Elena Stikhina is making waves in the opera world. Since the 2017/18 season she has triumphed at the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Berlin Staatsoper, Dresden Semperoper, Baden Baden Festspielhaus and in concert with the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Munich Philharmonic and at the Philharmonie Paris. Summer 2019 saw her make her British Debut at the BBC Proms singing Tatyana’s letter scene from Eugene Onegin. The 2018/19 season also saw her make her Dutch Opera debut singing Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly). Performances as Tosca and Leonora (La Forza del Destino) followed at the Paris Opera, where she returned to sing a new production of Prince Igor. Other engagements in the 19/20 season include her debut in Geneva as Aida, her return to the Boston Lyric Opera as Norma and a solo recital at the Zaryade Hall, Moscow. Her return to Salzburg to open the centenary festival has happily been reschedule to 2021 and in January she gave a live broadcast as Renata in the Mariinsky Theatre’s famed production of Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel and makes her debut at La Scala in a live broadcast as Salome. The 18/19 season was also marked by her singing Tosca and Leonora (Il trovatore) in Berlin and Dresden, Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) in Baden-Baden and Munich, and Suor Angelica in New York. Elena Stikhina appears as guest soloist at the famed Mariinsky Theatre Saint Petersburg after developing her repertoire at the New Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostock. She completed her studies at the Moscow State Conservatory in 2012 and gained international attention when she won first prize at the Competizione dell’Opera Linz in 2014 and then in 2016 by winning the Audience and Culturarte Prizes at Plácido Domingo’s Competition Operalia.