Natalia Zagorinskaya

Natalia Zagorinskaya

Natalia Zagorinskaya is renowned as an exquisite performer of the XX and XXI century's music. She achieved high credit with her interpretation of vocal cycles by Edison Denisov like Les Pleurs, Stravinsky's Les Noces, Alban Berg's Lulu Suite,  Niccolo Castiglioni's Terzina , Luigi Dallapiccola's Tre Poemi and Commiato, Elliott Carter's A Mirror on which to dwell,  Jean Barraque's Chant apres chant,  Pierre Boulez' Improvisation sur Mallarme I/II, as well as Luigi Nono's Intolleranza Suite and Sul ponte di Hiroshima.

György Kurtág has a special significance in the artist's career, as having written some of the numerous works which Natalia Zagorinskaya frequently performs especially for this artist. She sang the world-premiere of Kurtág's Songs based on poems by Anna Akhmatova op. 41, dedicated to her by the composer, at the New York Carnegie Hall in 2009, followed by performances of this cycle in Geneva, at the Paris Palais Garnier, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, in Budapest, Cologne and und Montreal as well as when making her debut with the Vienna Musikverein. She gave her Austrian debut in Salzburg in 2010 performing Kurgág's Messages of the late Miss Troussova and sang this cycle then also at the Vienna Konzerthaus. In 2011 Natalia Zagorinskaya sang both cycles at the 85th birthday of the composer in Budapest. She, of course, also joins the celebration concerts for György Kurtág's 90th birthday this year. Further to these two famous cycles she also has Kurtág's  Scenes from a novel, Requiem for a friend and Quatre Caprices op. 9 in her repertory.

Born in Moscow, Zagorinskaya studied the piano before starting her vocal studies in Vera Kudriavtseva's class at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She is a member of the Moscow Helikon Opera Theatre which she also joined on tour to the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, France, Spain and the Libanon. Her most recent repertory on opera stage includes Emilia Marty in Janáček's The Makropulos Case, Blanche in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, the title role in Dvořak's Rusalka, Fata Morgana in Prokofiev's The love for three oranges, Stephana in Giodano's Siberia, Tsarevna Alexandra in Jay Reise's opera Rasputin and Marianna in Wagner's Das Liebesverbot, numerous of those within the first ever Russian stage-productions.

Zagorinskaya also gave concerts in Los Angeles, Paris, Lisbon, Geneva, Amsterdam, Haarlem, Edinbourgh, Aldeburgh, Helsinki, Dusseldorf, Saarbrücken, Salzburg and Vienna performing with the Ensemble Contrechamps, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Schönberg Ensemble, the Ensemble 'Die Reihe' and the Klangforum Wien among others. Her concert repertoire also comprises classics such as Bach's B Minor Mass, Shostakovich's Symphony n° 14, Zemlinsky's Lyrical Symphony and Schreker's Vom ewigen Leben.

March 2016

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