Honoured Artist of Russia Galina Sidorenko is an opera singer with a brilliant mezzo-soprano voice, one of the most dazzling and interesting stars in contemporary Russian music. She has a vast repertoire of opera and chamber music ranging from opera, operetta, classical romances and musicals to jazz compositions, chanson and even improvisations in the style of hard rock. She regularly appears at leading opera houses throughout the world, performing with the great symphony orchestras and presenting recital programmes throughout Russia, Europe and America.
Galina Sidorenko’s art combines a rare beauty and charm in her voice, charismatic features, subtle psychology and perspicacity, a strong sense of her characters, dramatic acting skills and an impeccably subtle and deeply individual approach to interpreting the classics and new works alike. Her art has been admired by Plácido Domingo, Joan Sutherland, Elena Obraztsova and Mariss Jansons.
Galina Sidorenko graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, and was a prize-winner at international competitions in Bulgaria (1998) and Norway (2001) in addition to being a finalist at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia-99 competition in Puerto Rico.
In 1996 Galina Sidorenko was invited to join the Mariinsky Theatre, where she has appeared to great acclaim in numerous roles, most famously as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro opposite Anna Netrebko (Susanna), Dorabella in Così fan tutte (conducted by Gianandrea Noseda) and the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos (conducted by Valery Gergiev). Together with the Mariinsky Opera she has toured to Milan (Teatro alla Scala), Madrid (Teatro Real) and Baden-Baden (Festspielhaus).
In the 2000-2001 season, Galina Sidorenko was invited by maestro Plácido Domingo to appear as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia opposite Joseph Calleja (Almaviva) at the Washington Opera.
In April 2005 she made her debut with the Norwegian National Opera as Olga in Eugene Onegin, and in June together with the Wrocław Opera she made her debut as Carmen in Carmen at the XXIII Summer Festival in Xanten (Germany).
In February 2008 the singer performed the role of Laura in Iolanta in Madrid (conducted by Yuri Temirkanov) and in May she was invited by the Norwegian Opera for the role of Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
In February 2011 at the XXIX Chaliapin Festival in Kazan she performed the role of Pauline in The Queen of Spades.
Stage directors with whom Galina Sidorenko has worked include Tony Palmer, Marta Domingo, Charles Roubaud, Walter Le Moli and Andrei Konchalovsky.
The singer was nominated for Russia’s Golden Mask theatre prize (as Dorabella, Mariinsky Theatre, 2002) and St Petersburg’s Golden Sofit award (as Anna Karenina in the eponymous dramatic musical by Vladislav Uspensky, Opera and Ballet Theatre of the St Petersburg Conservatoire, 2003).
Galina Sidorenko frequently performs roles in the cantata-oratorio genre with leading symphony orchestras and conductors, among them the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Yuri Temirkanov, Gennady Rozhdestvenky, Gintaras Rinkiavičius, Alexander Dmitriev, Juozas Domarkas, Leo Kremer, Muhai Tang and Fabio Mastrangelo), the Kymi Sinfonietta (conducted by Jouko Koivukoski), the ERSO (conducted by Nikolai Alexeyev) and the Hermitage Theatre Orchestra (conducted by Saulius Sondeckis and Konstantin Orbelian).
She has given exclusive recitals at prestigious venues in Russia and abroad including Golden Melodies of the 20th Century (Negro spirituals, Gershwin, Weill and Dunaevsky), Une vie d’amour (Legrand, Garvarentz, Youmans, Webber, Petrov and Basner), Solo for the Soul (from Mozart to Broadway) and Cabaret Songs (Schönberg, Britten, Weill, Bolkom and Holländer).
Galina Sidorenko is a regular performer at the international festivals Music Collection, Palaces of St Petersburg, Sergey Oskolkov and Friends, Kuban Music Spring and Ukrainian Spring.
She is a jury member at such Russian and international competitions as the Crystal Nika, Sound’s Life, Horizons of Northern Palmira and Art-Vocal.
In 1997 Galina Sidorenko took part in Tony Palmer’s film Parsifal – the Search for the Grail with Plácido Domingo in the lead role.
Her performance as Anna Karenina in Uspensky’s Anna Karenina was released on DVD in 2003.
Galina Sidorenko is one of few opera singers in St Petersburg constantly releasing solo CD albums: Love (2006), Evening Feelings (2008), Classics. Cabaret. Jazz (2012) and Under Your Bewitching Caress (2013).
The singer was involved in a recording of CDs of soundtracks by the group Pushking (Freddy, 2007, and I Believe, 2008).
In late 2005 Galina Sidorenko was awarded the title of Honoured Artist of Russia.