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Masterclass with Olga Makarina

Saturday and Sunday, January 30th - 31st 

Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment - Rossi Fest office 17-20h


A world-renowned opera singer, a professor of vocal pedagogy, and a long-term associate of Rossi Fest, Olga Makarina, joined us in this festival edition as well and held a two-day masterclass for young opera singers. Having in mind current epidemiological measures and restrictions, Ms Makarina joined us online via Zoom, while the participants and pianist Srđan Jaraković worked from the office of Rossi Fest at Kolarac Endowment. 

The soprano from the Metropolitan Opera Olga Makarina was born in Archangel, Russia, where she earned her Masters in piano and voice from the St Petersburg Conservatory. She has won several important prizes and awards and is especially notable for her pedagogical work with young singers.

Her first New York appearance was at the New York City Opera as Lucia di Lammermoor. She has performed as well Gilda in Rigoletto, Konstanze in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio and Olympia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Ilia in Idomeneo (Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival), Violetta in La Traviata (Kirov Opera) and Eudoxie in La Juive (Opera Orchestra of New York). Apart from these, she has also appeared as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Minnesota Orchestra and Orff's Carmina Burana. She performed the demanding role of Elettra in Mozart's Idomeneo at the Metropolitan Opera with James Levine conducting, while at Opera Pacific she was Adina in the Jonathan Miller production of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore.

She appeared twice at the Bard Festival, singing scenes from Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable and Les Huguenots as well as the final scene of Norma and then as a soloist in the Grand Messe of Franz Liszt.

Apart from the Metropolitan Opera, Olga Makarina performed on various stages in Prague, Bratislava, Palm Beach, Warsaw, and in Carnegie Hall.

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