The image of the romantically dreamy, ecstatically in love and hungry for success Idamante won the audience over with Natalia Yevstafieva’s truly sincere performance.
The whole range of Judith’s emotions, from doubt and fear to ecstatic possession, was conveyed brilliantly in terms of the acting by Natalia Yevstafieva.
• Prize-winner at the IV International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition (2000)
• Diploma-recipient at the Barcelona International Vocalists' Competition (2000)
• Recipient of the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg's most prestigious theatre prize (1998)
Natalia Yevstafieva graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 1999. From 1997-2000 she was a soloist with the St Petersburg Musorgsky Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet where she performed as Marina Mnishek (Boris Godunov), Konchakovna (Prince Igor), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Polina (The Queen of Spades), Flora (La traviata), Carmen (Carmen) and Prince Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus).
Soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers from 2001, making her Mariinsky Theatre debut the same year as Marfa (Khovanshchina). Natalia Yevstafieva has been a Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 2008.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Marina Mnishek (Boris Godunov)
Konchakovna (Prince Igor)
Olga (Eugene Onegin)
Polina (The Queen of Spades)
Boyarynya Morozova (The Oprichnik)
Spring Beauty, Lel (The Snow Maiden)
Weaver, Cook (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Kashcheyevna (Kashchei the Immortal in concert)
Boy (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia)
Angel (The Demon)
Nicoletta, Clarice (Love for Three Oranges)
Princess Marya, Hélène Bezukhova (War and Peace)
Sonyetka (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk)
Agrafena Alexandrovna (The Brothers Karamazov)
Flora Bervoix (La traviata)
Preziosilla (La forza del destino)
Mezzo-soprano (stage version of Verdi's Requiem)
Azucena (Il trovatore)
Mrs Quickly (Falstaff)
Princess de Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur)
Lola (Cavalleria rusticana)
Suzuki (Madama Butterfly)
Suor Dolcina (Suor Angelica)
Concepciуn (L'Heure espagnol)
Didon (Les Troyens)
Idamante (Idomeneo, re di Creta)
Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte)
Waltraut (Die Walküre)
Judith (Bluebeard's Castle)
and Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia in concert).
The singer's concert repertoire includes the mezzo-soprano roles in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Verdi's Requiem and arias and romances by Russian, German, Italian and French composers.
Natalia Yevstafieva has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to Germany, France and the USA. She has performed as Olga (Eugene Onegin) at Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet and as Carmen (Carmen) at the Coliseu de Lisboa (Portugal).