The Russian soprano was born in Ekaterinburg and graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatrical Arts in Moscow. During her studies she became a soloist with the Municipal Moscow Theatre, Novaya Opera and a winner of the Rimski-Korsakov competition in St. Petersburg.
In 1999, while still a student, her professional role debut was as Gilda in Rigoletto singing opposite renowned baritone Dimitri Hvorostovsky at the Novaya Opera. Since completing her studies, she has performed numerous leading characters, including the title role of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda and Rimski-Korsakov’s The Snowmaiden, and again appearing as Gilda in Rigoletto in a co-production at the Savonlinna Festival, Finland.
Prominent solo debuts have included Giulietta in I Capuleti e Montecchi at the Opera de Montpellier and Opera Royal de Wallonie, I Puritani at the Opera de Monte-Carlo, and also as Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Staatsoper Berlin and Staatsoper Hamburg. Other significant role debuts have included Gilda in Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House in London as well as the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito at the Paris Opera Garnier which was also released on DVD.
Ekaterina made her Italian debut as Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro at Teatro alla Scala, Milano. Following this she appeared in L’elisir d’amore with the Paris Opera at the Bastille and sung Ilia, Idomeneo which was recorded live for Decca at the 2006 Salzburg Festival and later released on DVD to commemorate Mozart’s 250th birthday. Ekaterina continued to have a great success making her debut at the MET in October 2006 singing the role of Gilda with Juan Pons. The soprano was invited back in November 2007 to sing Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro performing with Bryn Terfel. In the 2012/13 season she also returned for Zerlina, Don Giovanni.
As a serious artist Ekaterina enjoys regularly developing new roles such as her debut of Anne Trulove, The Rakes Progress which she has sung at the Opera de Paris Bastille, conducted by Jeffrey Tate in 2012. Ekaterina is also well known on the concert platform and has worked with many of today’s pre-eminent conductors including; Yuri Temirkanov, Evelino Pidò, Daniel Oren, Philippe Jordan, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Richard Bonynge. The soprano’s recent concert performances have included Les pêcheurs de perles at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London which she has also sung with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Orchestra de Paris.
Ekaterina’s recently released debut solo album, ‘Amore e Morte’ for Opus Arte features songs by Verdi, Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini. Also released in 2014, Ekaterina features amongst others on the complete Rachmaninov songs disc, accompanied by Iain Burnside, available on Delphian records.
Past seasons have included a triumphant return to Covent Garden for Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). Other performances have included: Amina (La Sonnambula) at the Wiener Staatsoper, Rigoletto and Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Opera House, London, L’elisir d’amore with Opera de Nice and the Glyndebourne Festival, Le nozze di Figaro for Opera de Paris and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at the Salzburg Festival. Highlights of the 13/14 season have included Giulietta (I Capuleti e I Montecchi) in Paris and Munich.
Recently with the Bayerische Staatsoper Ekaterina’s has sung: Gilda (Rigoletto) Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and Nanetta (Falstaff) . Ekaterina has also given concert performances of I Capuleti e I Montecchi with Festspielhaus Baden Baden and Grand Theatre de Geneve. In forthcoming seasons she will sing The Marriage of Figaro at the Edinburgh Festival, La traviata in Toronto opposite her husband Charles Castronovo, Leila in Pearlfishers at Opera Australia, Giulietta (I Capuleti e I Montecchi) at the Liceu. Mimi in La Boheme at the Grand Theatre de Geneve and at the Royal Opera House. A prolific concert artist, this season Ekaterina will give a solo recital at the Choregies d’Orange; and duet recitals with husband, and tenor Charles Castronovo at the Monnaie in Brussels and the Wigmore Hall.