Evgeniya Sotnikova graduated from Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg (2008). In 2009 she was awarded the special Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung Prize at the International Singing Contest of Italian Opera in Dresden. This led to her joining the opera studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and joining the ensemble of the Bayerische Staatsoper for in 2011. In 2012 she made her UK debut with the Glyndebourne Touring Company, singing the role of the First Wood Sprite in Dvořák’s “Rusalka”, following this with Ilia in Mozart’s “Idomeneo” and Leïla in Bizet’s “Les pêcheurs de perles” for Stadttheater Klagenfurt. In 2013 she sang the soprano solo in Stravinsky’s “Les noces” at the Zurich Tonhalle, conducted by David Zinman. Her repertoire also includes the title role in Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Tatyana in “Eugene Onegin”, Frasquita (Bizet’s “Carmen”), Barbarina (Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”), Clorinda (Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”), Verdi’s Lady-in-waiting/2nd apparition (“Macbeth”) and the Voice from above (“Don Carlo”), Shepherd girl/Owl (Ravel’s “L’enfant et les sortilèges”), etc. She is a winner of many prizes. In 2005 she won the 2nd prize at the Rachmaninov competition (St. Petersburg) and the following year the 3rd prize at the Russian Lied competition “Three centuries of classic romance”. In 2008 she won the 3rd prize at the International Opera Singers Competition of Galina Vishnevskaya dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich.
The Snow Maiden (Estonian National Opera)
Sirp – Raili Sule 28th November 2014
The ensemble of soloists was a wise choice: everyone had had more or less some experience with the Russian singing school and culture in their past… The current soloist of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Evgeniya Sotnikova, is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. The childish world of the protagonist culminated in a melting scene, showing a soulful and lyric colouring of the voice