Since making two spectacular role debuts at the Vienna State Opera in 2014/15 as Rusalka alongside Piotr Beczala and as Rachel (La Juive) alongside Neil Shicoff’s legendary Éléazar, Olga Bezsmertna has established a name for herself as one of the most impressive young singers of her generation.
She has been a member of the Vienna State Opera since 2012. During the 2015/16 season her roles there included Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). She also returned to the Deutsche Oper in Berlin as Countess Almaviva and gave concerts at the Mozarteum with the Camerata Salzburg under Louis Langrée. Following her Salzburg Festival appearances in Die Liebe der Danae, her Vienna State Opera engagements for 2016/17 include Liù (Turandot), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Elvira, Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) and Mélisande in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande.
Olga Bezsmertna made her acclaimed Viennese debut as the Lady in Cardillac under Franz Welser-Möst. She proved a brilliant Countess Almaviva under Jérémie Rhorer, repeating her interpretation under Ádám Fischer when the company visited Hamburg’s Laeizshalle. Vienna State Opera audiences were also the first to hear her sing Strauss’s Four Last Songs in the spring of 2014. During the 2014/15 season she sang her first Donna Elvira with the company and made her Deutsche Oper debut as Countess Almaviva, followed by her Salzburg Festival debut as Marzelline (Fidelio) under Welser-Möst in summer 2015.
In addition to the foregoing roles, Olga Bezsmertna’s repertoire includes Micaëla (Carmen), Marguerite (Faust), Nedda (Pagliacci), Marfa (The Tsar’s Bride), the title role in Iolanta, Zemfira (Rachmaninoff’s Aleko) and Margherita (Mefistofele).
Olga Bezsmertna graduated from the National Academy of Music in Kiev in 2010. In 2011 she won the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition in Gütersloh and was a participant in that summer’s Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival.
Current as of July 2016