Russian-American soprano Dina Kuznetsova has attracted considerable attention for her outstanding musicianship and captivating stage presence and has graced the stages of many of the world’s greatest opera houses. Last season, Kuznetsova performed the title role of Rodelinda with Bolshoi Theatre, the role of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Florida Grand Opera, and joined Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile’s production of Jenufa. An alumna of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Young Artist Program, Kuznetsova went on to star in a number of new productions at the theatre, including Cunning Little Vixen, Rigoletto, and, marking her role début as Tatyana, Eugene Onegin under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis. Since that début, Dina has built a name as an outstanding interpreter of Tchaikovsky’s leading lady, attracting acclaim from her many subsequent productions. Other highlights have included Desdemona in Otello with the Gulbenkian Orchestra under Lawrence Foster and Cio–Cio San in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly at English National Opera under Gianluca Marcianò and, in the original version, at Atlanta Opera. This season, Ms. Kuznetsova will perform the title role in Kátya Kabanová with New Zealand Opera.
From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in Gianni Schicci with Sir Antonio Pappano, Staatsoper unter den Linden as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Daniel Barenboim, Wiener Staatsoper as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Claude Schnitzler, and Bayerische Staatsoper as the title role of Rodelinda with Ivor Bolton to the San Francisco Opera as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Donald Runnicles and the Metropolitan Opera as Francesca da Rimini with Marco Armiliato, Kuznetsova has earned the reputation as one of today’s most compelling sopranos.
More recently, Dina has further developed in the Slavic and Russian repertoire which has been central to her recent seasons. Role débuts have included Kátya Kabanová for Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile and at Staatsoper Hamburg, Rusalka for the Glyndebourne Festival under Sir Andrew Davis and at Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, and Lisa in Pique Dame with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. Last season Dina made a début as the title role in Jenůfa in Jorge Lavelli’s production for Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, as well as returns to the roles of Tatyana for Florida Grand Opera and Rodelinda for the Bolshoi Theatre in Richard Jones’ production under Christopher Moulds.
A keen recitalist and chamber musician, Dina Kuznetsova appears regularly at both the New York Festival of Song and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and features as part of the Music@Menlo series of CDs performing songs by Dvořák and Shostakovich. Recently, Dina returned to the Tuesday Musical Association in Akron in recital with Jinjoo Cho.