"Bakanova brought a dramatic intensity to the part and embodied the desperation, dramatic extremity, and existential plight of Violetta more completely than any other performance I have seen.."
Tom Service, The Guardian
Following her great success during the summer at the Arena di Verona as Violetta La Traviata, one of her signature roles, soprano Ekaterina Bakanova returns to Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova and appears as Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte and soon after as Donna Anna Don Giovanni in Dresden at the Semperoper. The role of Pamina Die Zauberflöte takes her to Teatro Reggio di Torino, and at the end of the season the artist returns to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for further performances as Violetta followed by more performances in the same role in her return to Semperoper Dresden.
The artist recently won great distinction when she was among the finalists for Best Young Female Singer at the 2016 International Opera Awards; last season’s highlights include her Covent Garden appearances as Donna Anna and as Musetta, and, unexpectedly, as Violetta, a performance that won her an opportunity to revive the role this season.
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Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, June 2017
Bakanova fared well, better suited to the vocal demands of Act 1 than several recent sopranos here…her coloratura and trills were clean, and she placed the high As in Violetta's response to Alfredo's “Un dì felice” very deliberately. She has a keen dramatic sense; hearing Alfredo off-stage really knocked the stuffing out of her…Bakanova's diminutive figure and the brittleness of her soprano helped her cut an affecting figure later on, with “Addio del passato” affectingly delivered. Up against a burly-voiced Germont in Act 2, Bakanova's “Dite alla giovine” was touchingly fragile…
Bachtrack, Mark Pullinger, 15 June 2017
Against this sumptuous background, Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova stands out as a stunning Violetta…Bakanova’s beautiful performance earned her a standing ovation. She acts the role particularly well, allowing her Violetta to tread the fine line between worldly wisdom and innocent naivety that is essential to both the story and the character.
The Upcoming, Anna Souter, 15 June 2017
Lucia di Lammermoor
Teatro Regio di Parma, April 2016
Ekaterina Bakanova is an amazing Lucia at the Teatro Regio di Parma.
L’Ape Musicale, Valentina Anzani, 5 April
The singer (Bakanova) debuted the role of Lucia with the same set-up in 2012 and over time has been able to acquire a mastery of technique and a physical agility that make her master of the stage…Bakanova ended her last performance in a triumph.
L’Ape Musicale, Valentina Anzani, 5 April
Lucia is played by Ekaterina Bakanova, light lyric soprano with important stamp, solid technique of acute agility. Singing with grace and fullness of sound, touching colours and shades. The long mad scene, perfectly carried out, has an almost hypnotic grip on the audience…
Operaclick, Patrizia Monteverdi, 30 March
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, July 2015
One hell of a way to make a Royal Opera debut…Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova stepped in to sing Violetta at Covent Garden with only hours’ notice, and gave the performance of her life.
And she did, spectacularly. Except it wasn’t simply the sense of a job well done that the standing ovation she got was recognizing…Bakanova managed the evening without a slip from Verdi’s score and, seemingly, without putting a foot, a facial gesture, or a prop in the wrong place in Richard Eyre’s luxuriant production. But she did something else. She had the audience spellbound from pretty well her first notes, and her scintillating vocal power in the big numbers such as Sempre Libera brought the house down.
Bakanova brought a no doubt partly adrenaline-fuelled dramatic intensity to the part and embodied the desperation, dramatic extremity, and existential plight of Violetta more completely than any other performance I have seen…She gave herself so completely to Verdi’s heroine that she made Violetta seem as if she was being created for the first time…a night in Covent Garden’s history where a new operatic star just might have been born.
The Guardian, Tom Service, 7 July
Arena di Verona, July 2016
The crowd that night was very appreciative, with the occasional shouting out of appreciation in the form of bravo, brava, or bravi, especially for Ekaterina Bakanova, who interpreted the role of the protagonist, Violetta.
Huffington Post, 22 July
Ekaterina Bakanova Opera Repertoire
I Puritani (Elvira)
Don Pasquale (Norina)
Ruslan i Ludmila (Ludmila)*
Romeo et Juliette (Juliette)*
Orlando paladino (Angelica)
Das Land des Lächelns (Lisa)
Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna, Contessa*)
La Serva Padrona (Serpina)
La bohème (Musetta)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
Un ballo in maschera (Oscar)
*roles in preparation
War and Piece (Natasha Rostova)
Ekaterina Bakanova Concert Repertoire
Symphony no. 9
Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda