•People's Artist of Russia.
•Recipient of the Casta Diva Russian opera prize (2001).
•Recipient of the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg?s highest theatre prize (1998).
•Prize-winner at the All-Russian Glinka Vocalists? Competition (2nd prize, Moscow, 1984).
Born in Zelenodolsk (Tatarstan). Graduated from the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 1978 (class of Professor Levando-Timanova).
Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 1978.
Bayan (Ivan Susanin),
Ratmir (Ruslan and Lyudmila),
Konchakovna (Prince Igor),
Olga (Eugene Onegin),
Polina, Countess (The Queen of Spades),
Dunyasha (The Tsar?s Bride),
Alkonost (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia in concert),
Fortune-teller, Mother Superior (The Fiery Angel),
Sonya (War and Peace in concert),
Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera),
Frika (Das Rheingold),
Performs at opera houses and festivals all over the world. Has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to Finland, Italy, the UK (Covent Garden), Israel, the USA (Metropolitan Opera), Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, France, Japan, Scotland, Luxemburg and Portugal.
Has performed concerts with many renowned orchestras including the New York Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.
Recordings with Philips Classics and NHK include:
Mariinsky Theatre productions of Ruslan and Lyudmila, Boris Godunov, Sadko, Kashchei the Immortal, Mazepa, Iolanta, The Fiery Angel and Betrothal in a Monastery;
solo recordings include Shostakovich?s – Op. 4 (conducted by Neeme Jarvi), Mahler?s – Third Symphony (conducted by Eno de Var), Brahms – Songs, Op. 91 for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano (Yuri Bashmet) and Shostakovich?s From Jewish Folk Poetry.