Russian mezzo-soprano Vasilisa Berzhanskaya was a member of the Youth Opera Programme at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre from 2015 to 2017. Among her teachers there was Dmitry Vdovin. During the 2016/ 17 season she was a member of the Rossini Opera Academy and made her Rossini Opera Festival debut as the Marchesa Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims). She also appeared for the first time at the Bolshoi as Despina (Così fan tutte) and sang Rossini’s cantata Giovanna d’Arco at Moscow’s International Performing Arts Centre. In 2017 she was a participant in the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project and made her Salzburg debut as Frau Pfeil in a children’s opera production of Der Schauspieldirektor. Since 2017/18 Vasilisa Berzhanskaya has been a member of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, where she has been heard as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Siébel (Faust), Melibea, Fenena (Nabucco) and Olga (Eugene Onegin). Guest engagements have taken her to the Basel Theatre for Angelina (La Cenerentola) and to St Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Theatre for Rosina.
In the course of the 2018/19 season she sang Masha (The Queen of Spades) at the Salzburg Festival, Vagaus in Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Aristea in Vivaldi’s L’olimpiade in Basel and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and made her Rome Opera debut as Angelina. Among the conductors with whom she has worked are Andrea Marcon, Donald Runnicles, Mariss Jansons, Giacomo Sagripanti, Giampaolo Bisanti, Dmitri Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski, Alexander Vedernikov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Enrique Mazzola and Stefano Montanari.
In 2014 Vasilisa Berzhanskaya won the second prize and the special prize for the best performance of a 20th-century work at the Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Chamber Music in St Petersburg and the second prize in the Grand Opera Vocal Competition held by the Kultura television channel in Moscow. In 2016 she won the main prize at the Muslim Magomaev International Singing Competition in Moscow and in 2018 the first prize and the audience prize at the DEBUT Classical Singing Competition in Germany as well as the third prize and the audience prize at the Viotti International Music Competition in Italy.