Young lyric soprano Pelageya Kurennaya was born in the Cossack village of Mityakinskaya in Rostov region in southern Russia. In 2007, the 16 years old Pelageya entered the Ippolitov-Ivanov Music College in Moscow and four years later continued her musical studies at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire in St. Petersburg.
In summer 2016 she graduated from the Conservatory, where she had studied in the class of Professor Tamara Novichenko, the former teacher of Anna Netrebko. She has participated in master classes by Elena Obraztsova, Vladimir Chernov and Diane Zola as well as in the Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Since 2015 she is a soloist at the Marinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.
During her studies at the Conservatory she sang First Lady and Belinda in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”, Barbarina and Susanna in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Brigitta in Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta“, Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride” and Rosina in Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia”.
Pelageya has been a prize-winner at several international singing competitions, among them 3rd prize at the Piero Argento International Music Competition in Bari (2010), finalist at the International Magda Oliviero Opera Singers’ Competition in Milan (2013), Grand-Prix at the International Russian Romance Competition “Romansiada” in Moscow (2013), prize-winner at the International Competition “Three Centuries of Classical Romance” in St. Petersburg (2014) and finalist at the 2nd All-Russian Music Competition in Moscow (2014). In 2015 she was awarded the 2nd and audience prize at the Opera Singers’ Competition of Irina Bogacheva in St. Petersburg.
In October 2014 Pelageya Kurennaya sang Prilepa in concert performances and a recording of “The Queen of Spades” under the baton of Mariss Jansons in Munich and Luxemburg and reprised the same role in 2016 in the Netherlands Opera production staged by Stefan Herheim.
In May 2015 Pelageya debuted at the Mariinsky Theatre as Masha in “The Queen of Spades” under Valery Gergiev. The same year she was given the main role Zamarashka at Mariinsky’s world-premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s latest opera “A Christmas Tale”. Soon after she sang Shchedrin’s Romance for Soprano and Strings with the title “Tanya-Katya” under Maestro Gergiev, first in St. Petersburg, soon after in Munich.
Pelageya’s other roles at the Mariinsky Theatre include Flora (The Turn of the Screw), Frasquita in Carmen, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Lauretta in The Betrothal in a Monastery, A Hay-Cutting Girl (The Tsar’s Bride) and Dunyasha (War and Peace).