Ukrainian Liudmyla Monastyrska’s rich, dramatic soprano has caught the attention of press andaudiences alike since 1996, when she made her stage debutas Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in Kiev. A modern artist with a classic sensibility regarding the art of singing, Ms. Monastyrska is acclaimed for her lush, powerful, compelling performances and superb technical command. Her relationships with European, American and Asian opera houses have continued toexpand following her highly acclaimed European 2010 debut with Deutsche Oper Berlin in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca.
Following summer engagements that included her debut in the title role in the Opera National de Paris’ July new production of Aida, Ms. Monastyrska’s announced appearances in the 2016-17 season include return engagements with Opera Nacional de Paris, (Tosca), and with the Metropolitan Opera (singing the title role in Aida with Marco Armiliato, and as Abigaille in Nabucco with James Levine and Placido Domingo), her company debut with Bayerische Staatsoper (Abigaille in Nabucco) and three productions with Deutsch Oper Berlin (Tosca, Abigaille in Nabucco, and her role debut as Elisabetta in Don Carlo). This summer 2017 will see the first set of performances singing the title role in Placido Domingo’s 2017-2018 Aida: The Stadium World Tour.
Ms. Monastyrska’s 2015-16 season began and ended with the role of Abigaille in Nabucco – with the Deutsche Oper Berlin in summer 2015 and with Placido Domingo at London’s Royal Opera House in June 2016. She sang the role of Lady Macbeth on a tour of Verdi’s Macbeth through Japan with the Royal Opera House led by conductor Sir Antonio Pappano in summer 2015, followed by her championing the title role of Puccini’s Tosca in both Houston Grand Opera’s and the Metropolitan Opera’s fall productions under Patrick Summers and Joseph Colaneri respectively. Winter/spring 2016 appearances included a return to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana with conductor Fabio Luisi, and her debut with the Vienna State Opera singing the title role in Verdi’s Aida under conductor Simone Young. Among Ms. Monastyrska’s performance credits are Verdi’s Macbeth with Maestro Pappano and Nabucco with Nicolà Luisiotti at London’s Royal Opera House (both new productions), and Nabucco, Cavalleria Rusticana and Aida at La Scala. Aida has also served as her introduction to the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Vienna State Opera, as well as the Hollywood Bowl, where she sang Aida in concert under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. With the Deutsche Oper Berlin, she has appeared in productions of Puccini’s Tosca, and Verdi’s MacBeth and Nabucco, as well as a concert version of Attila. Ms. Monastyrska has sung Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at Rome’s Accademia di Santa Cecilia as well as with The Cleveland Orchestra, and has also sung Verdi’s La Forza del Destino with Zubin Mehta at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. She appeared in Macbeth with the Staatsoper Berlin, sharing the stage with Placido Domingo, and made her Italian debut with Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago, Italy. In 2015, she made her debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival conducted by Christian Thielemann, singing the role of Santuzza in a new production of Cavalleria Rusticana with Jonas Kaufmann, as well as the Verdi Requiem. She also sang Verdi’s I Due Foscari, which featured Placido Domingo, at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Ms. Monastyrska can be seen/heard on DVDs of Macbeth and Nabucco – both from the Royal Opera (Opus Arte), and in Sony Classics DVD of Cavalleria Rusticana from the 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival with the Staatskapelle Dresden.
Born in Kiev, Liudmyla Monastyrska was a principal soloist with the Ukraine National Opera for several years before expanding her international career. Ms. Monastyrska and her family make their home in Kiev.