Elena Bocharova has just performed her first Dalila for Dayton Opera "with assurance and beauty of tone...her voice blooms at both top and bottom and she uses it to dramatic effect. In fact she sounded as fresh and powerful at the end of the opera as she had at the beginning!" Last fall she performed the title role in Carmen with the Semperoper, Dresden where she debuted as Suzuki. She performed Carmen in a concert performance in Koeln, the host city to commemorate the opening of the World Cup Soccer match last June. Carmen is quickly becoming a signature role for young Russian born Ms. Bocharova, who recently performed this role with Dayton Opera "seething with sensuality" with a "voice of enveloping warmth" and with a "certainty of self that carries its own magnetism", and just prior with a "thrillingly gutsy mezzo" for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City last year.
Spring 2006 witnessed her "consistently appealing Suzuki sung with warmth and as much color as the incredible sets in the stunning Opera Omaha production of Madama Butterfly. She also was labeled stunning and exquisite in her appearance with Madison Opera for a gala concert last summer. In spring 2005 she made her Opera de Paris debut in Boris Godunov. She also performed at a Richard Tucker Music Foundation concert in New York City and was Suzuki for Tulsa Opera's opening Madama Butterfly last season, where she also presented a recital of Russian songs.
2004-05 began with concerts at La Monnaie in Brussels and in Antwerp. Summer 2004 had her performing in a Richard Tucker Gala and debuting in Brussels as mezzo soloist in a gala French concert with Jose Van Dam. Just prior she was a "rich voiced mezzo" as Cornelia in Utah Opera's Julius Caesar. In fall 2003 she performed at the Richard Tucker Memorial Gala at Avery Fisher Hall, and in spring 2003 she sang her first Richard Tucker Music Foundation concert in Stamford, Connecticut "impressing with a rich mezzo voice that was very expressive and full of beautiful, plummy tone." Also in spring 2003 she debuted as a "sensual and vocally attractive" Carmen with New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, preceded by her "vivacious Olga" in Hawaii Opera's Eugene Onegin.
A graduate of the Adler Fellowship program, she debuted with the San Francisco Opera in 1999 as Flosshilde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung. She has also appeared as Dunyasha in The Tsar's Bride.
Ms. Bocharova has also appeared in a number of San Francisco Opera and Opera Center productions including La Calisto, The Magic Flute (Third Lady) and Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and Dido in Dido and Aeneas. On the concert stage Ms. Bocharova has performed varied works including the Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Handel's Messiah in San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall. She has recorded Maggie in The Gift of the Magi (world premiere).
A native of Magadan, Russia, Ms. Bocharova received her Bachelor's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and was awarded first prize in the Bay Area Opera League Competition and the San Francisco Concerto Competition. She was a 2004 major award winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation and in 2003 was a winner of a Sergio Franchi Foundation Grant.
Later in 2007 she is scheduled for performances as Carmen in Rio de Janeiro. Debuts in Firenze and Bilbao are programmed for future seasons. She performs her first Amneris in 2007/08 for Opera Carolina and again at the Savonlinna Festival in Summer 2008. Other roles in preparation include the Principessa in Adriana Lecouvreur.
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