Nadine Koutcher

soprano

The soprano Nadine Koutcher comes from Minsk in Belarus, where she initially graduated in musicology; she then transferred to voice studies and received her training at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. It was during this period that she made her stage debut as Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Czar's Bride. The Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg subsequently engaged her for such roles as Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s La traviata, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, and Princess Eudoxie in Halévy's La Juive. In 2011 Koutcher completed her training with highest honors; in 2012 she won the Grand Prix and two special prizes at the prestigious International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands. Teodor Currentzis immediately took stock of the young singer’s talents and signed her to his ensemble at the State Opera in Perm, where she is a member to this day. There she has performed such roles as the title figure in the Russian premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s Medeamaterial, winning the Golden Mask Award in April 2013 for her interpretation. Koutcher’s credits also include performances at the Teatro Real in Madrid, where she has appeared as Doña Isabel in Purcell’s The Indian Queen (in a production staged by Peter Sellars and conducted by Teodore Currentzis). In addition she was invited to sing Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile in 2014. As a concert singer Nadine Koutcher has performed in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and has sung the soprano solo in the Verdi Requiem in performances with the London Symphony Orchestra. Together with Teodor Currentzis and Musica Aeterna, she has recorded works by Rameau for the CD The Sound of Light.

February 2015