Soprano and Star of International Opera Music
The story of Larissa Yudina began in Maikop, Russia. From the very beginning, Larissa’s life was meant to go hand in hand with music.
She was hot-wired for music and opera singing. The first stage was the Kaliningrad Conservatory, where Larissa completed a Degree, specializing in Choir Conducting.
Passion, study, and training.
In 1989, Larissa already had a clear understanding of the career path she was craving to pursuit. She was striving to follow it with total dedication and didn’t spare herself on the way to all necessary knowledge, skills, and experience.
As Larissa began teaching at the Kaliningrad State School, she joined the Philharmonic Choir of the city. From a historical perspective, those years were extremely important for the country as they saw the reopening of all the Orthodox churches. It was the time when Larissa among 16 other singers was honored to perform in the central Cathedral of Kaliningrad for 5 years, contributing to the revival and spreading of the Russian Orthodox musical culture.
During the commemoration of 2000 years of Christianity, Larissa had the unique opportunity to meet the Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, who is now the Metropolitan of all Russia. That important encounter had an enormous and profound impact on her.
Inspired by the revival of Christianity and the reopening of churches in Russia, Larissa continued her academic studies, which was an indispensable way of her professional growth. At that time she obtained a degree in piano and singing (soprano), which was followed by the third degree in singing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Minsk, Belarus.
Italy, The Birthplace of Opera.
Larissa decided to continue her training in Italy, the birthplace of opera par excellence. In Milan, where Larissa moved, she studied for a degree with honors in opera at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory.
She then began her professional career by collaborating with various orchestras in Lombardy and throughout Italy, performing a vast repertoire of opera, sacred, and chamber music. As a result of these fruitful collaborations, Larissa gained an extremely rich experience as her engagements varied from the Vesperae solennes de Confessore by W.A Mozart to C. Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Milan is the city, which Larissa chose to live and work in. It was the city that made possible the important stages in her artistic life, leading her to perform in the soprano choir of the La Scala from 2001 to 2007.
Her other engagements embraced classical theater performances but also experimental shows, including the Epistolary dialogue between Maria Callas and Luchino Visconti, written and directed by Mario Migliara.
This is exactly how Larissa has started her long and brilliant career. The particular richness of her voice, its vocal power, attractive appearance, and excellent knowledge of the Russian and Italian repertoire of Dimitrova Ghena, Francesca Patanè, Luciano Pavarotti, and Alfredo Crauss.
This helped Larissa to stand out, immediately gain love and capture the acclaim of the public.
Her career saw winning awards in numerous international competitions, engagements in operas on the most acclaimed stages in the opera world, interpreting the leading roles in the opera houses.
Larissa was a solo soprano in the Symphony N.9 by L.Van Beethoven for the UECO seasons, in the Sala Verdi of the Milanese conservatory, under the direction of Massimo Palumbo. She performed Belinda in H. Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, debuted as Nedda in Pagliacci, and Musetta in La Bohème at the Rosetum theater in Milan. Larissa sang for Suor Angelica in the same-titled piece in the Puccini triptych directed by M.A. Gotta, and for Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Avenches festival.
She successfully portrayed Bellini’s Norma and Violetta in La Traviata by G. Verdi at the first classical music festival in Soverato in 2008.
Larissa gave successful recitals in Italy and abroad and took part in numerous opera productions in Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Poland.
Music, Art, and Culture at 360 Degrees
Larissa is not only a soprano and a star of opera music. She is a promoter of culture and ambassador of beauty, with an inclination for teaching music and singing. She devotes herself to teaching when she is not involved in organising her top-class events or performing on the best opera stages.