Pelageya Kurennaya


Pelageya Kurennaya


  • graduate of St. Petersburg conservatory, studied with Tamara Novichenko, Netrebko's former teacher
  • 2014 Prilepa in Queen of Spades under Mariss Jansons in Munich, Luxembourg and Amsterdam
  • 2015 Tanja-Katja by Rodion Shchedrin under Valery Gergiev at Mariinsky theatre and Gasteig Munich 
  • 2015 Zamarashka in the world premiere " A Christmas tale" by R.Shchedrin under Valery Gergiev at Mariinsky
  • 2016 Prilepa in Queen of Spades at Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, directed by Stefan Herheim


Young lyric soprano Pelageya Kurennaya was born in the Cossack village of Mityakinskaya 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 Conservatory in St. Petersburg.

In 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 also 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.

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.

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Pelageya has been a prize-winner at several international singing competitions, among them the VI. Moscow Festival-Competition of Opera Singing „Silver Voice“ (2nd prize, 2009), Pietro Argento International Music Competition in Bari, Italy (3rd prize, 2011), International Magda Olivero Opera Singers Competition (Milan, 2013), International Competition Three Centuries of Classical Romance (St Petersburg, 2014) and Grand-Prix at the International Competition Romansiada (Moscow, 2013). In 2015 she was awarded the 2nd and audience prize at the Opera Singers’ Competition of Irina Bogacheva in St. Petersburg.

In 2014, Pelageya Kurennaya sang Prilepa in concert performances and a recording of The Queen of Spades under the baton of Mariss Jansons at the Gasteig Cultural Center in Munich and in Luxemburg. She performed 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 and soon after she was given the main role Zamarashka at Mariinsky’s world-premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s latest opera “A Christmas Tale”. The same year she sang Shchedrin’s Romance for Soprano and Strings „Tanya-Katya" under Maestro Gergiev, first in St. Petersburg, soon after in Munich. Since then she is a frequent guest soloist at Mariinsky Theater, where her other roles 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), Prilepa (The Queen of Spades) and Dunyasha (War and Peace).


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