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Oxana Shilova is a gifted singing actress highly acclaimed for her magnificent voice, outstanding technique, intelligent musicianship, and dazzling dramatic talent. She is the leading soprano soloist of the  Mariinsky Theater and has collaborated with Valery Gergiev, Pablo Heras-Casado, Gianandrea Noseda, Tugan Sokhiev, Mickhael Güttler, Nikolay Znaider, Constantine Orbelian, Mikhail Tatarnikov, Fabio Mastrangelo, Yuri BashmetCharles Roubaud, Alain Maratrat, Francesca Zambello, Stephen Lawless, Michael Mayer, and Claudia Solti.

Leading roles at her home stage of the Mariinsky Theatre include Adina L’elisir d’amore, title-role Lucia Di Lammermoor, Violetta La Traviata, Susanna Le Nozze Di Figaro, Antonia Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Madame Cortese Il Viaggio A Reims, Mrs Alice Ford Falstaff, Desdemona Otello, Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lyudmila Ruslan and Lyudmila and the Swan Princess The Tale of Tsar Saltan. Other repertoire includes Elvira I Puritani, Gilda Rigoletto, Lucrezia I Due Foscari, Ascagne Les Troyens, Micaëla Carmen, Leila Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Norina Don Pasquale, Despina Così fan tutte, Ilia Idomeneo, Re di Creta, Xenia Boris Godunov, Emma Khovanshina, Luisa Betrothal in a Monastery, Belinda Didon et Enée, Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia, title-role The Golden Cockerel and Naiad Ariadne auf Naxos.

She has performed on the international stages including the Palau de les arts Reina Sofia, the Dallas Opera, the Bergen National Opera, the Opéra de Lyon, the De Nederlandse Opera and  Reims, Montpelier, Avignon, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Marseilles. She is a regular participant at international festivals with highlights including the Music Festival Stars of  the White Nights (2008-2016),  the Moscow Easter Festival (2013), summer festivals in Baden-Baden (2016) and Edinburgh (2016).

Her recent operatic highlights include Violetta (La Traviata) at some of the greatest Russian opera theaters including the Bolshoi Theatre and her European debut at the Sofia National Opera in May 2016. In October 2016 she made her role debut as Micaëla in Carmen at the Primorsky Stage of Mariinsky Theatre. During the White Night Festival 2017 she made a distinguished debut as Musetta in La Bohème.

Oxana is performing regularly on the concert stage in recitals and vocal performances in Russia and abroad. She has a vast concert repertoire including Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, Haydn’s Creation, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Stravinsky’s Les Noces. She has toured in Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, Norway, Slovakia, Finland, France, USA and Argentina. Additionally, she has appeared in recitals with romances of Debussy, Chausson, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Rachmaninov, and Medtner. In May 2016 she opened the festival «St. Petersburg Palaces» at the Hermitage Museum with Stephen Costello and Constantine Orbelian. Also in May she performed with Anna Netrebko and Ildar Abdrazakov at the festive concert Classic Gala on Palace Square in St. Petersburg.

Oxana Shilova was born in the city of Almalyk, Tashkent region of the Soviet republic of Uzbekistan. Her parents were both Honored Teachers of Russia. Her farther was also singer-songwriter and had recorded an album. Her first musical teacher Ekaterina Goncharova took Oxana to her brother Evgeny Fedotov, one of the  soloists of the Kirov Theatre in St. Petersburg. Carefully following his advice, Oxana became a student of the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College where she met her longtime teacher Mariana Petrova, a lyric coloratura soprano of the Mussorgsky opera and ballet theatre. Thereafter Oxana continued her education at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory entering with the highest grades. At the 3d year of studies she joined the Young Singers Academy of the Mariinsky Theatre. As a member of the Studio at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, she had her first stage experiences as Belinda in Purcell’s Didon et Enée, Barbarina, Suzanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. On the Mariinsky stage she made her first appearance as Despina in Cosi fan tutte by Mozart.

Oxana has participated in master classes with Joan Sutherland, Elena Obrazstova, Mirella Freni, Renata Scotto, Ileana Cotrubas and Placido Domingo. She is the winner of numerous international music competitions.

Prizes:

  • Laureate of the St. Petersburg’s theater audience society prize Teatral for the psychologism and the outstanding vocal performance for the role of Violetta (“La Traviata”) (2016)
  • Prize-winner at the Stanislaw Moniuszko International Competition in Warsaw (1st prize, 2007)
  • Prize-winner at the III International Elena Obraztsova Competition (1st prize, 2003)
  • Prize-winner at the International Opera Singers’ Competition in Geneva (2nd prize and special prize for best performance of a French work, 2003)
  • Prize-winner at the V International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singer’s Competition in St Petersburg (2002)