Olena Tokar SOPRANO

Olena Tokar was born in Kirowsk, Ukraine, graduating in 2006 from the Music College in Lugansk.

She went on to study at the Tchaikovsky National Music academy in Kiev gaining stage experience in Kiev Conservatory in productions and roles such as; Zemfira in Aleko, Iolanta in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta  and the role of Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne. In 2010 Olena began to study Opera at the University of Music and Theatre  in Leipzig in the class of Prof. Regina Werner Dietrich.

As part of the ensemble of the Leipzig Opera Olena has sung the roles of Gretel/Hänsel und Gretel, Papagena/Die Zauberflöte, Berta/Il barbiere di Siviglia, Zemina in Wagner‘s Die Feen, Antigona in Handel’s Admetus, King of Thessaly, the 1st Flowermaiden in Parsifal as well as the soprano part in The Great Mass, a ballet production by Uwe Scholz.

In 2008, Olena won the grand prize the International Boris Gmyrya Competition in Kiev, one of the most prestigious singing competitions in the Ukraine. Two years later she was also a finalist at the Ferruccio Tagliavini competition in Austria. In 2012, became a finalist at the Francisco Viñas competition in Barcelona. In the same year Olena won 1st prize at both the Lortzing Competition in Leipzig and the renowned ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

Furthermore Olena Tokar sings chamber works by Russian, German, Spanish, Italian and French composers as well as Russian folk music.

In 2011, Olena was a participant of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival taking part in master classes with renowned artists such as Ileana Cotrubas, Christa Ludwig, Michael Schade, Alfred Brendel. She also participated in workshops with Irwin Gage, Olaf Bär and  Petr Beczala and Mathias Goerne.

This season Olena continues to be part of the ensemble in Leipzig and has recently sung the roles of Papagena/Die Zauberflöte, Zemina/Die Feen and makes her debut in the roles of; Mariana/Das Liebesverbot , Röschen/Dornröschen and Musetta/La Boheme. This season she can also be seen singing Anna/Nabucco, Fünfte Magd/Elektra and the 1st Flower Maiden/Parsifal. Olena appears regularly in recitals and her forthcoming engagements include performances in Zurich, Munich, Geneva, Leipzig and Lubeck.

Olena became a finalist at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2013 and has since been selected as a BBC New Generation Artist for the 2013/14 season. Other future engagements include a recital as part of the Central European Music Festival, Missa Solemnis with the Poznan Philharmonic as well as a concert performance of Eugen d' Albert’s, Die seejungfräulein with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

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