Born in Archangel, Russia, Metropolitan Opera soprano Olga Makarina, made her first New York appearances at New York City Opera as Lucia di Lammermoor and has performed there as Gilda in Rigoletto, Konstanze in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglioand Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Other roles in Ms Makarina’s repertoire include 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). Ms Makarina has also appeared as Zerbinetta in Ariadne aufNaxoswith the Minnesota Orchestra and in Orff’s Carmina Burana as well.
Olga Makarina appeared twice at the Bard Festival’s Franz Liszt Commemoration in an opera gala singing scenes from Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable and Les Huguenots as well as the final scene of Norma and then as soloist in the Grand Messe of Franz Liszt. In the fall of 2006, she took on the demanding role of Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneoat the Metropolitan Opera with James Levine conducting. She sang the role of Gilda in both the Met in the Parks and during the house season and Elvira in I puritani. At Opera Pacific she was Adina in the Jonathan Miller production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. In November 2007 she sang Bellini’s Norma in a new production at the National Theater Prague, the title role in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia at the Slovak National Opera in Bratislava, Adina in Palm Beach, Lucia in Warsaw and performed in recital with Yefim Bronfman. She sang Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s TheTsar’s Bride with Olga Borodina with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall in October 2008 and returned to the Metropolitan for Gilda, Manon, Thais and Lucia in the 2008-09 season. In 2009-10 she will be Antonia in Les Contes di’Hoffmann and Violetta. During the 10-11 season she returned to the Met for Gilda, Lucia and Antonia and recently added Mozart’s Donna Elvira and Vitellia plus the title roles of Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda of Donizetti to her Met assignments.
In 1997, Olga Makarina returned to Russia to debut at the Kirov Opera as Lyudmila in Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila. In October 1999, she sang her first Pamina in Mozart’s DieZauberflote in a series of special gala performances conducted by Eve Queler and the Opera Orchestra of New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur. Her repertoire at the Metropolitan Opera during recent seasons has included Gilda, Violetta, Eudoxie, Elvira, Rossignol and Lucia. She also performed concerts and solo recitals in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan and sang the opening night gala of the Cesky Krumlov Festival with the Brno Philharmonic in Czech Republic that was televised in Eurovision. [....]