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Irina Dolzhenko (Mezzo-soprano)


Born in Tashkent. After completing her studies at the Tashkent State Conservatoire, she joined the Natalia Sats Childrenís Music Theatre Company. She took part in Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre productions. She studied in Italy with Mietta Sighele and Giorgio Luchetti.
Since 1996, she has been a soloist with the Bolshoi Theatre Opera Company.


Amneris (Aida)
Azucena (Il Trovatore)
Ulrica (Un Ballo in maschera)
Fenena (Nabucco)
Adalgisa (Norma)
Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro)
Olga (Eugene Onegin)
Morozova (Tchaikovskyís The Oprichnik)
Amelfa (Rimsky-Korsakovís The Golden Cockerel)
Blanche (Prokofievís The Gambler)
Marina Mnishek (Mussorgskyís Boris Godunov)
Lehl, Spring (Rimsky-Korsakovís The Snow Maiden)
Lyubov (Tchaikovskyís Mazeppa)
Lyubasha (Rimsky-Korsakovís The Tsarís bride)
Suzuki (Madama Butterfly)
Third Lady (Die Zauberflote)
Polina, Milovzor (The Queen of Spades)
Carmen (Carmen)
Margret (Wozzeck)
Annina (Der Rosenkavalier)
Nenila (The Enchantress)
Flora Bervoix (La Traviata)

Also included in her repertoire are the mezzo-soprano parts in: the Requiems of Mozart and Verdi, the Stabat Maters of Dvorak, Pergolesi and Vivaldi, Vivaldiís Gloria, Berliozís La Damnation de Faust, Sergei Taneyevís At the Reading of a Psalm cantata and Symphony No. 1, Prokofievís Alexander Nevsky cantata and Tchaikovskyís Moskva cantata, Beethovenís Symphony No. 9, Mahlerís Symphony No. 2 and other works.

She has sung with the following, among other, companies: Viennaís Kamer oper, Swedish Royal Opera (Stockholm), Deutsche oper (Berlin), the Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires; her first performance as Amneris), The New Israeli Opera (Tel Aviv; at the Companyís opening among other performances), Cagliariís Teatro Lirico (2003; Morozova in The Oprichnik), Opera Bordeaux (2003; Saburova in The Tsarís bride), Theatre du Chatelet (2003; Laura in Iolanta), Opera Bastille (2005; Matriosha in Prokofievís War and Peace).

She gives frequent performances in the Baltic states. She made her Tallin debut as Carmen at Estonia National Opera. She has worked with Latvian National Opera since 1999: her two main roles with this Company being Amneris (Aida) and Ulrica (Un Ballo in maschera). She has taken part in the Trakai Music Festival (Lithuania) where she sang Ulrica in the Festival production of Un Ballo in maschera. She has given concerts in Japan, Korea, Australia, the USA, Europe.

She frequently appears at the following and other music festivals: Schonbrunn (Austria), Savonlinna (Finland), The Mozart Festival in France, The Jerusalem Festival, The Festival of Forgotten Operas in Wexford (Ireland). In 2004, at the Stravinsky Festival, in the town of Arnhem (The Netherlands), she took part in a concert performance of the opera Mavra.

She has appeared with the outstanding conductors: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Vladmir Fedoseyev, Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Yurovsky.


Glinkaís Ruslan and Lyudmila ó Naina, conductor Alexander Vedernikov, PentaTone Ůlassic, 2004.
Tchaikovskyís The Oprichnik ó Morozova, conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Dynamic, 2004.

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