LONDON — The 30-year-old soprano Ekaterina Bakanova was in the midst of a routine rehearsal at the Royal Opera House in July 2015 when she was rushed into the spotlight. The star of that evening’s “La Traviata” performance at the same venue was unwell — could Ms. Bakanova step in and sing the title role of Violetta in Verdi’s opera five hours later?
Stunned and incredulous, the Russian-born singer paused briefly to think about it, then accepted. Her performance earned a standing ovation and glowing reviews, followed by offers from major opera houses in Barcelona, Spain, and Dresden, Germany.
On June 14, Ms. Bakanova is scheduled to be back at Covent Garden in the same role (this time in her own right) for five performances.
Music critics and opera managers all recognize her artistic abilities and stage presence. Whether she is the next big opera star, they say, is something that only time will determine. Continue reading »
Source. New York Times (by Farah Nayeri, 2 June 2017).
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Here’s the lady in action.
Final Scene — “La Traviata”, Act 3.
G. Verdi, Opera Astana Kasakhstan, October 2014
Violetta Valéry: Ekaterina Bakanova
Alfredo Germont: Vincenzo Costanzo