Guest of the Opera
Mezzo soprano Elena Zhidkova was born in Saint Petersburg and made her debut at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin performing the role of Olga in Eugene Onegin. Soon thereafter, she was invited to the Bayreuth Festival. Claudio Abbado invited her for the concert version of Parsifal, for Schumann’s Faustszenen and for his farewell concert at the Berlin Philharmonic where she appeared again in Händel’s Jephta under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt. At the Teatro Real in Madrid she debuted as Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) and as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde. A highly sought after guest performer in Tokyo as well she could be heard at the New National Theatre Tokyo among others as Octavian (Rosenkavalier), Fricka (Ring des Nibelungen) and Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde). She debuted very successfully as Judith in Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle at the Teatro alla Scala, a role she has also created at the Barbican Hall London with the London Symphony Orchestra under Valéry Gergiev (published on CD). Her interpretation of Judith (Herzog Blaubarts Burg) at the Mariinsky Theatre gained her the Golden Mask Award as best singing actress in Russia. She was invited to sing the same part under Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival (also published on CD). Her appearance as Fricka (Ring des Nibelungen) could be witnessed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and in the new production of the tetralogy at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. She could be seen as Venus in Tannhäuser at the Semperoper Dresden and sang Marie (Wozzeck) with the BBC Orchestra under Donald Runnicles. As Kundry (Parsifal) she appeared in Lyon, Mannheim and Düsseldorf. Successful performances include furthermore La Principessa di Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur), The Foreign Princess (Rusalka) and Eboli (Don Carlo) at the Wiener Staatsoper, Charlotte (Werther) under Michel Plasson, as well as her debut as Ortrud (Lohengrin). She enjoyed great success as Didon in Berlioz’ Les Troyens at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and Santuzza at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Opéra Bastille Paris.
Photo: Joern Kipping