March 10, 16
Le Rossignol / Le Rossignol
National Theatre Prague
Julia Novikova has quickly established herself as one of the leading Russian sopranos of her generation. Her upcoming engagements include Zerbinetta in Toulon, Taipei, and Budapest State Opera, the title role of Lakme in Santiago de Chile, Gilda in Antibes, Oscar in a return to the Theatre Capitole du Toulouse, Jemmy (Guillaume Tell) in Monte Carlo, and the First Flower-Maiden in a new production of Parsifal at Staatsoper Unter den Linden, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov. Recent performances include a gala performance of Rigoletto with Paolo Gavanelli in St. Gallen, Switzerland, Zerbinetta at the Aalto Theater in Essen, The Celestial Voice in Don Carlo in Toulouse, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
Julia Novikova celebrated a great success as Gilda in the television production of Rigoletto (directed by Marco Bellocchio), which was filmed in the original locations and transmitted live to 148 countries. The opera was conducted by Zubin Mehta and the cast also included Placido Domingo as Rigoletto, Ruggero Raimondi as Sparafucile and Vittorio Grigolo as Duca di Mantova.
The engagements during the season 2011-2012 featured among others the roles of Königin der Nacht, Oscar, Fiakermilli (Arabella) at Vienna State Opera, Gilda in Teatro Verdi (Trieste), the roles of Amour / Roxane/ Zima (Les Indes galantes) in Toulouse, and Königin der Nacht (Das Labyrinth) at the Salzburg Festival. In 2011 she was highly acclaimed in Bonn for her performance of the title role in Bellini’s La Sonnambula, and later that same summer for the title role in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol at the Quebec Opera Festival and at the Salzburg Festival.
After her debut with the Vienna State Opera as Königin der Nacht in November 2009 Julia Novikova returned there to sing Adina, Oscar, Zerbinetta and Königin der Nacht. In recent seasons she also gave guest performances as Gilda in Komische Oper Berlin, Olympia in Frankfurt, Norina (Don Pasquale) at Washington National Opera.
In 2008, she made her debut with Oper Frankfurt as the Königin der Nacht and also performed the same role with Bonn, Hamburg, Vienna State Opera and Staatsoper Unter den Linden. She also performed Medoro in Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, and Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (all in Bonn), Gilda in Rigoletto (Lübeck and Bonn), Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Komische Oper Berlin), Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos (Strasbourg), Adina in L’elisir d’amore (Bonn), Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Stuttgart), and Gretel in Hänsel and Gretel (Lyon). During 2006-2008 she was a member of the Theater Dortmund ensemble, where she performed Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Queen of Shemakha in The Golden Cockerel, Gilda in Rigoletto.
Julia Novikova gave concerts and recitals performing at the Grachten Festival in Amsterdam, Les estivales de musique in Médoc, Theatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Carnegie Hall in New York, Budapest National Opera, the Royal Opera House and the Barbican Centre in London, the St.Petersburg Academic Philharmonia and the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. She was a soloist at Christmas in Vienna 2012. She is a Prize Winner of Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition in Sweden (3rd Prize, 2006), Concours de Geneve (Audience Prize, 2007), Neue Stimmen, Germany (Audience Prize, 2007), and Musik Debüt, Germany (1st Prize, 2008). She has won both the 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at OPERALIA 2009 Plácido Domingo's The World Opera Competition in Budapest.
Julia Novikova studied opera singing at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (prof. Olga Kondina) in her native city of St. Petersburg, and made her first stage experience during her studies, singing Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Serpina in La Serva Padrona, and Marfa in The Tsar's Bride. In 2006 she made her professional stage debut with Mariinsky theatre, performing Flora in The Turn of the Screw (Valery Gergiev, conductor).