Olga Ionova, soprano, studied choral conducting and singing at the Alfred Schnitke Moscow Music College (graduated in 1992). In 1997, she graduated from the Choral Conducting Department (Prof. Lyudmila Ermakova's class) of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, and in 2000, from the Opera Singing Department of the Conservatory (Professor Klara Kadinskaya's class). She continued her education attending workshops of Margret Honih and Alexander Oliver in Europe (Holland) and Bernd Weikle (Germany).
Since 2001, Olga Ionova has been a soloist of the Novaya Opera Theatre.
In 2005, she made her first appearance at the Bolshoi Theatre, performing as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and, later, as Ksenia (Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov).
Since 1995, she has been giving concerts in the USA, Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungary and France. The singer collaborates with a number of Russian opera houses.
Olga Ionova has taken part in numerous musicfestivals including the Art-November International Art Festival (Moscow),the Moscow Easter Festival, Oldenburger Promenade (Germany),Le Tuque International Music Festival (France), Blossoming Wild Rosemary (Chita),the Classical Music Festival directed by Sergey Stadler (Perm),the Music Festival dedicated to the 600th anniversary of Aristotle Fioravanti’s birth.
Her repertory comprises the following parts: Serpina (Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona),Lavinia (Sarti's Aeneas in Latium),Antonida (Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar),Gilda (Verdi’s Rigoletto) and many others. Her concert repertory includes Beethoven’s Symphony 9, Bach’s BWV 126, BWV 140, Mass in B minor, Magnificat (BWV 243),Mozart’s Messe C-moll, Haydn's Nelson Mass and Theresienmesse.
The singer collaborates with leading Moscow orchestras, such as the MusicaViva Moscow Chamber Orchestra (conductor Alexander Rudin),the Russian State Academic Symphony Choir directed by Valery Polyansky, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Orfey Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sergey Kondrashyov. Also she performed Strauss’ works with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Olga has recorded a number of CDs, including Russian church music (1996),music by Rachmaninoff (1997) and by Valery Kikta (2003),CD Rendering by Igor Bril and Yuri Golubev.
Awards and Honours:
Prize-winner of an international competition of singers in Italy (1997)
Roles performed at the Novaya Opera:
She (Tenderness) in Voice of a Woman (opera novellas)
Snow Maiden in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden
Gilda, Page in Verdi's Rigoletto
Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Production by Achim Freyer and Fairy-tale with pictures by Anna Levicheva)
Rosina in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia
Brigitta in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta
Polovtsian girl in Borodin's Prince Igor
Gherardina in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi
An Italian Soprano in Strauss's Capriccio
Page in Wagner's Lohengrin
Barbarina in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro
Schoolteacher, Witch in Michael Nyman and Henry Purcell's DIDO
Duenna in Prokofiev's Maddalena
Yvette in Weinberg's The Passenger
Lamp, Princess, Nightingale in Ravel's L’enfant et les sortilèges
Spanish Doll in Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. An Opera
Sandman, Dewman in Humperdinck's The Gingerbread House, or Hänsel und Gretel
Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen
Thais in Massenet's Thais (in concert)
A Greek Woman in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride (in concert)
Orff's Carmina Burana
Maria Callas (musical offering)
Ten Sopranos (gala concert)
Romances by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergey Rachmaninov (concert)
Bravissimo! (opera mix)
Rossini (musical divertissement)
This is Opera! (dramatized performance)
Opera&Jazz (New Year's Eve Show)
O Mozart! Mozart… (Requiem)
Johann Strauss, the Waltz King (gala concert)
Waltzes, Tangos & Foxtrots (gala concert)