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Irina Zhytynska

mezzosoprano

Born in Ivano-Frankovsk (Ukraine) in 1983, she began to play the violin at the age of 7 and finished D. Sichynsky Music College in 2002. In 2007 Mrs. Zhytynska graduated from the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Kiev (Ukraine) under prof. N. Kurin and post-graduated training course under O. Dyachenko (vocal department). Her actual vocal teacher is Jolanta Zmurko.

In 2006 Mrs. Zhytynska made her professional debut in the Ukrainian National Opera in Kiev as Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.

In December 2007 she appeared in the Wroclaw Opera (Poland) as Maddalena in Rigoletto and currently is a soloist of this opera house where she performs some Verdi and Mozart roles (Fenena in Nabucco, Emilia in Otello and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Papagena in Zauberflöte). She gained critical acclaim singing title roles in premiere productions of Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila and Bizet's Carmen. Mrs. Zhytynska performes in Wrocław also in Borodin's Prince Igor (Konchakovna) and Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov (Marina Mnishek).

She has also in her repertoire e.g. Siebel in Gounod's Faust, Lubasha in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tzar's Bride or Witch in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and performs oratorios and songs, too.

The mezzosoprano appears often in other theatres as a guest artist: in December 2008 she debuted in Teatro Real in Madrid as Zefka in Janáček's Zápisnik zmizelého (which she also performed Teatro la Maestranza in Sevilla and Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao). In October 2009 she debuted in Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa (TWON) in Warsaw as Hostess in Boris Godunov, in April 2010 in the Poznan Opera as Charlotte in Massenet's Werther, in April 2011 in Teatro ABAO-OLBE (Bilbao) as Olga, and in May 2013 in Teatro Reggio (Torino) as Olga, too.

In October 2013 Mrs. Zhytynska sang Maddalena with Leo Nucci in Teatro ABAO-OLBE, the same December she appeared in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta in Warsaw, which was the coproduction with the Met Opera. In May 2014 she sang Princess Clarice in the premiere performance of Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges in the Kraków Opera.

The artist collaborated with many top conductors - Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Jari Hämäläinen, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Chikara Imamura, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Roberto Tolomelli, Łukasz Borowicz, Gabriel Chmura, Evgeny Volynsky or Bassem Akiki, and stage directors - Mariusz Treliński, Michał Znaniecki, Ignacio Garcia and Kasper Holten.

In June 2015 the mezzosoprano sang in a special concert with Roberta Alagna who invited her to perform under the baton of Giorgio Croci in Paris Philharmonic.

In the late 2015 Mrs. Zhytynska will appear as Octavian in Strauss' Rosenkavalier.

fot. Malgorzata Chrastek