The Russian-Norwegian soprano, Elizaveta Agrafenina is finishing her Masters in classical singing at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Sasja Hunnego. She has previously studied with Monica Groop at the Sibelius Academy in Finland and with Neil Mackie at the University of Agder in Norway.
Elizaveta has been highly engaged in the operatic repertoire. She took a part in a opera year study at the Dutch National Opera Academy and the Young Artist Program at Bergen National Opera in Norway. Besides her studies she has sung in small productions, opera festivals and professional operatic ensembles in Norway. For the season of 2019, Elizaveta will be singing in Werther by Massenet at the Bergen National Opera in Norway and in several productions at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna) and Cosi fan Tutte (Despina). She will also be performing Pierrot Lunaire by Schoenberg and Shostakovitch's marvelous trio with soprano (op. 127) at several venues in The Netherlands.
She was granted a scholarship to study Italian language in Italy in 2018 and an honorary music award from Norway in 2017. Together with great musicians in the Netherlands and Norway, she organized several concerts with Dutch and Norwegian forbidden music during the WW2 and she also took part in the first performance of Shostakovitch's From Jewish Folk Poetry in Yiddish.
Elizaveta has a strong connection to Finland, where she previously studied and takes part in the Finnish Festival Pyhäjärven kamarimusiikki with Marti Roussi, Kiril Kozlovsky, Beata Antikainen and Siiri Niittymaa every summer.
As a soloist Elizaveta has done many recitals/concerts/oratories in Norway, The Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, Finland and in December 2015 she was touring with the pianist Stephan Harsono in Indonesia with SMM Yogyakarta Orchestra.
She has followed masterclasses with Nelly Miricioiou (UK), Sir Thomas Allen (UK), Ira Siff (US), Margreet Honig (NL), Jeff Cohen (FR), Jeanette Favaro-Reuter (GER), Júlia Pászthy (HUN) just to mention a few and she has worked with conductors such as Rolf Gupta (NO), Andrew Wilder (NO), Marianne Sødal Misje (NO), Masaaki Suzuki (JAP), Magnus Loddgard (NO), Peter Szilvay (NO), Wim Dijkstra (NL) and Ed Spanjaard (NL).
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Photographer: Sandra Herrero Bayón