Irina Romishevskaya

Mezzo-soprano
Irina Romishevskaya

She graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 1990 and completed her post-graduate studies with professor Pisarenko in 1993. For several years she worked in Japan as a teacher in a musical college and as a soloist of the Tokyo Opera. She sang in Bizet’s Carmen, Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Verdi’s La traviata and La forza del destino, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Since 1994, Irina Romishevskaya has been a leading soloists of the Novaya Opera. She constantly takes part in the Novaya Opera tours in Russia and abroad.

The singer gives a lot of concerts. She performs recitals in Moscow and other Russian cities and towns, in Japan and Iceland. She sings with symphony orchestras in the best concert halls of Moscow, France, Japan, Germany and Italy. She participates in international festivals (Svyatoslav Richter’s December Nights in Moscow, Jurmala-classique). Irina works with prominent conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Alexander Rudin, Yuri Bashmet, Vasily Sinaisky, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Boris Tevlin, to mention but a few.

The singer’s concert repertoire includes western early music, works by Russian and foreign composers, modern pieces, sacred songs, romances, Russian, Welsh and Scottish folk songs, etc.

She was the first to perform the mezzo-soprano part in the premiere of Sidelnikov’s Death of the Poet oratorio-requiem (Moscow, September 29, 1999) and in the premiere of St Matthew Passion oratorio by Hilarion, the Bishop of Vienna and Austria (Moscow, March 27, 2007). She participated in the first performance in English of Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus oratorio on December 16, 2001.

The singer’s mastery is captured on CDs released by Relief, Deonika, and the Novaya Opera Theatre. Recordings with her performances were often broadcasted by the Orfeus Radio station, the TV Centre and Blagovest TV Channels.

Irina Romishevskaya is a teacher at the Solo Singing Department of the Moscow Conservatory. She gives singing master classes in Jurmala.

Awards and Honours:

  • Honored Artist of Russia
  • Prize-winner of For Devoted Service to Opera Art Award by the Evgeny Kolobov Foundation
  • Prize-winner of Minion International Competition (3rd prize, Japan, 1990)
  • Prize-winner of the Hertogenbosch International Competition in Netherlands (1st prize, 1990)
  • Prize-winner of the Hertogenbosch International Competition in Netherlands (1991)
  • Prize-winner of the International Competition in Toulouse (Grand Prix, France, 1991)

Roles performed at the Novaya Opera

Lel in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden
Lyubasha in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride
Naina in Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila
Olga, Nanny in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin
Pauline, Governess in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades
Adalgisa in Bellini's Norma
Fenena in Verdi's Nabucco
La Ciesca in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi
Lola in Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana
Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto
Tisbe in Rossini's La Cenerentola
Angel in Rubinstein's The Demon
Innkeeper in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov
Laura in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta
Anna in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda
Clairon in Strauss's Capriccio
Flora in Verdi's La Traviata
Ines in Verdi's Il trovatore
Sofia in Verdi's I Lombardi alla prima crociata
Third Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte
Afra in Catalani's La Wally
Alisa in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor
Bianca in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia
Catherine in Boyarsky's Pushkn
Chinese Dolls in Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. An Opera
Gertrude in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette
Kate Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly
Krystina in Weinberg's The Passenger
Marcellina in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro
Marthe Schwertlein in Gounod's Faust
Mrs. Grose in Britten's The Turn of the Screw
Schoolteacher, Witch in Michael Nyman and Henry Purcell's DIDO
Dido and Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (in concert)
Wood-sprite in Dvorak's Rusalka (in concert)
La comtesse di Coigny in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (in concert)
Háta in Smetana's The Bartered Bride (in concert)
Mezzo-soprano parts in Verdi’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and concerts Vincenzo Bellini, Music Is My Soul
Parts in the productions: Tribute to Evgeny KolobovMaria Callas (musical offering), Ten Sopranos (gala concert ), Romances by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergey Rachmaninov (concert), Johann Strauss, the Waltz King (gala concert), Bravissimo! (opera mix), Rossini (musical divertissement), This is Opera! (dramatized performance), Opera&Jazz (New Year's Eve Show), O Mozart! Mozart… (Requiem)

Discography:

Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Eugene Onegin (DVD) — Olga
“Bravissimo!” (DVD)
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Eugene Onegin (CD) — Olga

O Mozart! Mozart… (Requiem)Donizetti's Lucia di LammermoorRimsky-Korsakov's The Snow MaidenGounod's FaustTchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. An OperaVerdi's NabuccoVerdi's NabuccoGounod's FaustConcert dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Evgeny Kolobov's birth. Andjey Beletsky, Olga Ionova, Irina Romishevskaya, Alexander Bogdanov Piano – Ekaterina Maklyarskaya. The Epiphany Festival at Novaya Opera January 19, 2016. Photo by Daniil Kochetkov.Irina Romishevskaya as Lola, Mikhail Gubsky as Turiddu. December 11, 2014. Photo by Daniil KochetkovMozart's Le nozze di Figaro. Vladimir Kudashev as Bartolo, Irina Romishevskaya as Marcellina, Dmitry Orlov as Figaro, Dmitry Pianov as Basilio. General dress-rehearsal on October 5, 2014. Photo by Daniil KochetkovBritten's The Turn of the Screw. Tom Deazley as Miles, Victoria Shevtsova as Flora, Susanna Hurrell as the Governess, Irina Romishevskaya as Mrs. Grose. Photo by Daniil KochetkovBritten's The Turn of the Screw. Irina Romishevskaya as Mrs. Grose. August 27, 2014. Photo by Daniil KochetkovMichael Nyman and Henry Purcell's DIDO. Valeria Pfister as the Madam and Sorceress, Elena Mitrakova as a Schoolteacher and the First WItch, Irina Romishevskaya as a Schoolteacher and the Second Witch. June 19, 2014. Photo by Daniil KochetkovIrina Romishevskaya, piano Dmitry Sibirtsev. Tribute to Georgy Sviridov. February 7, 2014. Photo by Daniil KochetkovThe Final Gala Concert of the 2014 Epiphany Festival. Boris Statsenko, Sergey Polyakov, Irina Romishevskaya, Dmitry Pianov, Vitaly Efanov. Conductor Vasily Valitov. January 24, 2014. Photo by Daniil KochetkovAndrey Fetisov, Anastasia Bibicheva, Alexander Bogdanov, choirmaster Rinat Biktashev, conductor Andrey Lebedev, Elvira Khokhlova, Irina Romishevskaya, Sergey Sheremet, Choir of the Popov Choral Academy, the Novaya Opera OrchestraVerdi's RigolettoSergey Polyakov as Turridu, Agunda Kulaeva as Santuzza, Irina romishevskaya as Lola. September 19, 2013. Photo by Nadezhda TitovaStrauss's Capriccio. Irina Romishevskaya as Clairon. Photo by Vasilisa FenikVerdi's I Lombardi alla prima crociata. Irina Romishevskaya as Sofia, Georgy Vasiliev as Oronte. Epiphany Week Festival. January 22, 2012. Photo by Daniil Kochetkov2011 Epiphany Week at Novaya OperaWinners of the prize “For Devoted Service to Opera Art” awarded by the Evgeny Kolobov Foundation (2009): Olga Belaya, an orchestra member, Yulia Makarova, Head of HR and Irina Romishevskaya, a soloistTen Sopranos (gala concert ). Irina Romishevskaya and Elena Mitrakova. Photo by Daniil KochetkovTen Sopranos (gala concert). Margarita Nekrasova, Irina Romishevskaya, Elena Mitrakova, Tatyana Pechnikova, Galina BadikovskayaEmma Sarkissyan as the Nurse, Elena Svechnikova as Larina, Irina Romishevskaya as Olga, Ekaterina Kichigina as Tatyana. Photo by Alexander SterninOpera&Jazz (New Year's Eve Show). Irina Romishevskaya. Photo by Alexander SterninRossini (musical divertissement). Irina Romishevskaya as Cinderella. Photo by Alexander Sternin

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