Larissa Gergieva is Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers, General Director of the International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition and the International Lisitsian Competition, Artistic Director of the International Summer Academy (Finland), Artistic Director of the Vladikavkaz Opera and Ballet Theatre and jury member of many international competitions.

She has worked as a coach at the world’s leading opera houses, among them the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, Tokyo Opera, the Salzburg Festival and theatres in San Francisco, Florence and Paris.

Larissa Gergieva performs with renowned Mariisnky Theatre singers as well as her student soloists from the Academy at venues including Carnegie Hall, La Scala, La Monnaie (Luxemburg), the Grand Théâtre (Geneva), the Colón (Buenos Aires) and Wigmore Hall (London), as well as running regular master classes in Russian vocals in the USA, the UK, Finland, Canada, Germany, Italy, France and Japan.

Larissa Gergieva has received numerous prestigious awards and diplomas at international competitions. Larissa Gergieva has been involved in the production of Cds in the UK, Germany and Russia (Philips Classics, EMI, Harmonium and Delos).

Russian soprano, Anastasia Kalagina, graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. In 1998 she joined the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers and has been a soloist since at the Mariinsky Theatre since 2007.

Anastasia Kalagina has toured throughout Europe and the USA, as well as to Israel and Japan. In 2007 she appeared as the Snow Maiden at Carnegie Hall (New York).

In 2008, performed to high critical acclaim in the Russian premiere of Henri Dutilleux’ Correspondances. The same year, she was awarded the Montblanc New Voices prize. In the 2009/2010 season she took part in a performance of The Infernal Comedy featuring John Malkovich.

She continues to perform lead roles at the Mariinsky.

Mezzo-soprano Anna Kiknadze is a principal soloist of the Mariinksy Theatre, St Petersburg.

Highlights of her early career include being a finalist at the 2001 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, 2002 Placido Domingo Operalia Competition in Paris and the International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition in St. Petersburg.

Anna has sung at Los Angeles Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro de la Maestranza, Graz Opera, Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, Chatelet Theatre Paris, Teatro Real Madrid, the Theater St Gallen and on tour with the Mariinksy Theatre around the world

Anna has worked with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Valery Gergiev and Tugan Sokhiev.

Russian bass, Mikhail Kolelishvili , graduated from the Tbilisi State Saradzhishvili Conservatoire in 2001.

He was a soloist of the the Paliashvili Opera and Ballet Theatre in Tbilisi from 1997 onwards, At the Mariinsky theatre he started as a soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers in 2002 and joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2009.

Under the Flag of the Mariinsky Opera Company, Mikhail Kolelishvili has taken part in the Moscow Easter Festival and the Stars of the White Nights International Arts Festival (St Petersburg); he has also toured to Paris, Baden-Baden and Mikkeli.

In 2005, he was a finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singers of the World International Competition has won prizes at the Stanislaw Moniuszko International Vocalists’ Competition (Warsaw, 2004), III International Elena Obraztsova Competition (St Petersburg, 2003) , I Republican Young Performers’ Competition (Tbilisi, 1999) and received a diploma and special “audience choice” prize recipient at the V International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (St Petersburg, 2002)

Daniil Shtoda has been described as a ‘wunderkind’ with comparisons to Gedda, Wunderlich and other noted lyric tenors of the past.

Daniil has already established a remarkable career singing at internationally renowned venues and festivals such as Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera New York, Edinburgh Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Washington Opera, Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, Opera de Lyon, Opera Comique and Chatelet Theatre Paris, New National Theatre Tokyo, Canadian Opera Toronto, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Los Angeles Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa, Opera de Lausanne, Istanbul Festival, Prague Opera, Oper Köln and Leipzig Opera.

He has recorded for EMI Classics and Deutsche Grammophon, and his latest recording of Rachmaninoff songs accompanied by Iain Burnside has been released on the Delphian label.

This season, Daniil continues as a main principal at the Mariinsky Theatre, where this season his roles will include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia. He will also continue to give recitals and concerts in Russia and internationally