Olga Bezsmertna has been a member of the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera since February 2012 and received great acclaim for her debut performance in Hindemith’s Cardillac conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. She shone in the role of Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro under Jérémie Rhorer and also performed the role with the Vienna State Opera at the Laeizshalle in Hamburg under Ádám Fischer. During the 2014/15 season in Vienna she has sung Rusalka with Piotr Beczała, conducted by Tomáš Netopil, Rachel in La Juive, appearing alongside Neil Shicoff, and she also made her debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Further performances in Vienna have included Strauss’s Four Last Songs, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus). She made her debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Countess Almaviva and will reprise the role there during the 2015/16 season. Projects after her Salzburg Festival debut as Marzelline (Fidelio) includ Countess Almaviva, Rosalinde and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) as well as Irina in a new production of Peter Eötvös’s Three Sisters at the Vienna State Opera.
Her repertoire also includes Micaëla (Carmen), Marguerite (Faust), Nedda (Pagliacci), Marfa (The Tsar’s Bride), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), the title role in Iolanta, Zemfira (Rachmaninoff’s Aleko) and Margherita (Mefistofele). She has also given recitals at the Musikverein in Vienna and at the Beethovenfest in Bonn.
Olga Bezsmertna studied at the National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev, graduating in 2010. She won first prize as well as the audience and Puccini prizes at the Debut European Singing Competition in Germany in 2008. In 2010 and 2011 she was a finalist at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. In 2011 she won the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition in Gütersloh and became a member of the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project the same year.
Current as of July 2015