Olesya Petrova graduated from the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 2008, class of Professor Irina Bogacheva. She has been a soloist with the St. Petersburg Conservatory Opera Theatre since 2007. Her repertoire includes Marfa (Mussorgsky’s “Khovanshchina”), Konchakovna (Borodin’s “Prince Igor”), Rimsky-Korsakov’s Lel (“The Snow Maiden”) and Lyubasha (“The Tsar’s Bride”), Verdi’s Amneris (“Aida”), Maddalena (“Rigoletto”) and Ulrica (“Un ballo in maschera”), the title role in Bizet’s “Carmen”, Tchaikovsky’s Olga (“Eugene Onegin”), Polina and Countess (“The Queen of Spades”), Joan of Arc (“The Maid of Orleans”). In 2012/13 she covered Maddalena (“Rigoletto”) at The Metropolitan Opera and sang Ulrica (“Un ballo in maschera”) at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. She won the 2nd prize at the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2007) and a 2nd prize at the I International Competition of Galina Vishnevskaya in Moscow (2006). In 2011 she was a finalist of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. In 2013/14 she will perform Verdi’s “Requiem” at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (cond. Mariss Jansons), Verdi Gala at Royal Opera House Muscat, Madelon (Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier”) at the MET among others. Further engagements include Fenena (Verdi’s “Il trovatore”) at Opéra de Montréal. She is a sought after concert singer with many Russian orchestras and chamber ensembles and her concert repertoire includes cantatas and oratorios by Bach, Pergolesi, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Berlioz, Wagner, Mahler and Prokofiev with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Leo Kremer, Fabio Mastrangelo and Vladimir Fedoseev.
Olesya Petrova has toured in Europe, USA, South America, Korea, China and Japan and the 2011/12 season marks her international breakthrough as Konschakowna in Borodin’s “Prince Igor” at Zürich Opera House. That season she also sang Ulrica (“Un ballo in maschera”) at Greek National Opera in Athens.