One of the most successful Russian singers of her generation, Ekaterina Gubanova studied at the Moscow State Conservatory (class of L. Nikitina) and the Helsinki Academy of Music. J. Sibelius (class of L. Linko-Malmio). In 2002, she became a Fellow of the Young Artists Program of the Royal Opera House in London, Covent Garden, and performed several roles under this program, including the parts of Suzuki (Madama Butterfly by Puccini) and the Third Lady (Magic Flute by Mozart).
The singer is a laureate of the International Vocal Competition in Marmande (France, 2001; Grand Prix and Audience Award) and the International Vocal Competition. M. Helin in Helsinki (Finland, 2004; II prize).
In 2006 Ekaterina Gubanova made her debut at the Mariinsky Theater as Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and in 2007 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Helen Bezukhova in Prokofiev’s War and Peace conducted by Valery Gergiev . Resounding success accompanied her at the Paris Opera, where she sang the part of Branghena in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde directed by Peter Sellars (2005, 2008).
At the Mariinsky Theater Ekaterina Gubanova also performed the roles of Marina Mniszek (Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov), Polina (Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades), Lyubasha (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride), Marguerite (Berlioz’s Condemnation of Faust), Eboli ( Don Carlos” by Verdi), Brangheny (“Tristan and Isolde” by Wagner) and Erda (“Gold of the Rhine” by Wagner).
In addition, Ekaterina Gubanova’s repertoire includes the parts of Jocasta (Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex), Federica (Verdi’s Louise Miller), Margrethe (Berg’s Wozzeck), Neris (Cherubini’s Medea), Amneris (Verdi’s Aida) , Adalgisa (“Norma” by Bellini), Juliet and Niklaus (“The Tales of Hoffmann” by Offenbach), Bianchi (“The Desecration of Lucrezia” by Britten) and many others.
In recent seasons, Ekaterina Gubanova has appeared on the stages of such theaters as the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera de Bastille, Milan’s La Scala, the Bavarian State Opera, the Estonian National Opera, Brussels’ La Monnaie, Teatro Real in Madrid, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus and Tokyo Opera House; She has taken part in music festivals in Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Eilat, Wexford, Rotterdam, the Stars of the White Nights festival in St. Petersburg and the BBC Proms festival (London).
The singer’s creative biography includes performances with the Philharmonic Orchestras of London, Vienna, Berlin, Rotterdam, Liverpool, the Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia, the Finnish Radio Orchestra, the Irish National Symphony Orchestra, the Spanish National Symphony Orchestra and collaborations with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Antonio Pappano, Edward Downes, Simon Rattle, Daniele Gatti and Semyon Bychkov.
Among the singer’s upcoming engagements are leading roles in Wagner’s Valkyrie, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Verdi’s Don Carlos and Aida at La Scala in Milan, Verdi’s Don Carlos at the Netherlands Opera, Tristan und Isolde, Rheingold d’Or and Wagner’s Valkyries at the Berlin State Opera, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride at Covent Garden, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann and Verdi’s Oberto at the Paris Opera, as well as a part of mezzo- soprano in Rossini’s Stabat Mater conducted by Riccardo Muti in Vienna, and the role of Cassandra in Berlioz’ Les Troyens at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Source: Moscow Philharmonic website