Lauded by the Financial Times for her “resonant, bright-voiced soprano,” Olga Tolkmit joins the Helikon Opera ensemble this season for Micaela in Carmen, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Nedda in I Pagliacci.
She was recently a member of the ensemble of the Mikhailovsky Theatre where her roles included the title role of Iolanta, Mimì in La bohème, and Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore.
Other roles from previous seasons include Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Prilepa in Pikovaya Dama, Brigitta in Iolanta.
Her performances of Mimì in 2012 garnered a nomination for the prestigious Golden Mask Award from the Theatre Union of Russia Federation.
The soprano made her American debut in 2013 as Electra in Sergei Taneyev’s Oresteia at the Bard Summerscape Festival, a recording of which is now available via the American’s Symphony Orchestra’s private label, The Orchard.
Also last season, she sang solo performances of arias and songs of Handel, Bach, Schubert, and Giordani on a tour to cities throughout Japan.
Her previous international recitals include performances in Finland, Norway, Italy, and Germany.
Ms. Tolkmit was a finalist in the 2011 Elena Obraztsova International Competition for Young Opera Singers and holds a degree from the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory.