(St. Petersburg, Russia)
2018–19 Season: Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana
Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2015 as Federica in Luisa Miller and in 2016 she returned as Amneris in Aida. Her recent engagements include Eboli in Don Carlo at Teatro alla Scala and Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Azucena in Il Trovatore with Rome Opera, St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, and Covent Garden; Fricka in Das Rheingold at the Edinburgh International Festival; and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth at Los Angeles Opera opposite Plácido Domingo. Career highlights encompass Marina Mnishek in Boris Godunov at the Metropolitan Opera; Azucena and Amneris at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala; Iocasta in Oedipus Rex and Ascanio in Benvenuto Cellini at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées; the title role of Carmen at Arena di Verona; Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino and Amneris with Berlin State Opera; Didon in Les Troyens at the Mariinsky Theatre, Carnegie Hall, and in Vienna and Tokyo; Laura Adorno in La Gioconda and Dalila in Samson et Dalila at Rome Opera; Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena at the Vienna State Opera; and Eboli and Azucena at the Salzburg Festival. On the concert stage, she has appeared as a soloist in Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Vienna, London, and Salzburg. As a recitalist, Semenchuk has performed at Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Mariinsky Concert Hall, Moscow’s Great Concert Hall, and Beijing’s Concert Hall.