Minsk born mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Music, where she studied with prof. Lidia Galushkina. Oksana has won many national and international singing competitions including the first prize at the XXII International M. Glinka Competition. While still a student, Oksana joined the ensemble of the Belarus Bolshoi Opera (2002).
Upcoming engagements include Oksana’s debut at the Opéra National de Paris as Sonyetka in Lady Macbeth of Mtensk. She will also return to the Bolshoi Theatre for Carmen, Pique Dame, The Tsar’s Bride and The Stone Guest under Tugan Sokhiev, plus Verdi Requiem under Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the 2019 Tanglewood Festival.
Highlights of the 2017/18 season included her debut at the Salzburg Festival debut under Mariss Jansons in Pique Dame (Polina), Les contes d’Hoffmann (Giulietta) at the Metropolitan Opera and Olga (Eugene Onegin) at Staatsoper Hamburg. She also made her house debut at Grand-Théâtre de Genève as Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana) and returned to the Bolshoi Theatre in Carmen (title role), Pique Dame (Polina) and The Stone Guest (Laura).
Over the past seasons, Oksana has made her debut at La Scala in Cavalleria Rusticana, performed in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Onegin and Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera and Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Dalila and Carmen in NCPA in Beijing, and Carmen (title role) on a major six city tour of Japan with the Maribor National Theater. Oksana has performed at the Salzburgher Landestheatre and with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Nabucco, Tsars Bride and Carmen with the Bolshoi Theatre. She also sang the role of Laura in La Gioconda at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Marguerite in La damnation de Faust at Opéra de Nice, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at Teatro San Carlo Napoli and the title role in Carmen at the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and Latvian National Opera, Riga.
Oksana received the National Theatre Award (Belarus) in 2016 for her signature role of Carmen. She has performed Bizet’s opera around the world, from Buenos Aires and Salzburg to Moscow and Tokyo. Oksana Volkova has been a guest artist at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow from 2010, where her roles have included Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride), Laura (The Stone Guest), Polina (The Queen of Spades), Carmen (title role) and Olga (Eugene Onegin).
Notable concert engagements include Verdi’s Requiem with Opera Nice, Tchaikovsky’s Moscow Cantata with Alexander Vedernikov, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the Dublin Symphony Orchestra, Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death with the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev in Lucerne, and touring with the Moscow Virtuosi.
Oksana’s discography features Rigoletto and Eugene Onegin (DVD) with the Metropolitan Opera on Deutsche Grammophon, The Queen of Spades on BR Klassik (CD) and Rigoletto (CD) with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, released by Delos