Anna Smirnova, mezzo-soprano
was born in Moscow from a family of long standing musicians.
From 2000 to 2002 she studied voice at the Tchaikowsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow, under Professor Jurij Grigorjev, as well as privately with soprano Ekaterina Kudryawchenko. She attended master classes with
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Thomas Hampson in Zurich.
Her repertoire includes roles such as Amneris in Aida, Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda, Eboli in Don Carlo, Olga in Evgenij Onegin, Azucena in Il Trovatore, and Verdi’s Messa di Requiem.
In 2007 she made her début at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan with Adriana Lecouvreur.
Under Lorin Maazel, she performed Verdi’s Messa di Requiem and Aida in a tour in South America and Europe, and performed Eboli in Don Carlo in Valencia.
La Scala also saw her return for the world premier of Fabio Vacchi’s Teneke, as well as in the 2008/09 season with Don Carlo conducted by Daniele Gatti and Aida with Daniel Barenboim, also in tour with
La Scala in Japan in September 2009. In 2008 she also made her début in Anna Bolena in Palermo.
In 2009 she sang the role of Amneris in Aida at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and at the Opera in Rome.
In 2010 she will sing at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin in Adriana Lecouvreur, in Tel Aviv in Il Trovatore conducted by Zubin Mehta.
She will sing in 2011 in Macbeth and Eboli in Don Carlo in two new productions at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and as Amneris in Aida at the Vienna State Opera. In 2012 she will be in Chicago for Aida , in Munich with Don Carlo and at the Liceu in Barcelona for La Forza Del Destino. In 2012 she will made her début at MET in New York with Don Carlo, conducted by M° Lorin Maazel. In 2008 he made his debut in the 86° Festival Lirico in the role of Amneris in Aida.