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The Belarusian mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova earned her degree studying with Lidia Galushkina at the State Music Academy in her native Minsk. While there, during her third year as a student, she was engaged in 2002 by the Bolshoi Opera of the Republic of Belarus. She won the International Glinka Competition in 2007 and was accepted into the Young Singers Program of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in 2009, to whose ensemble she still belongs. Volkova’s repertoire encompasses the great mezzo roles of Russian opera by Mussorgsky (Marina in Boris Godunov and Marfa in Khovanshchina), Tchaikovsky (Olga in Eugene Onegin and Polina in Pique Dame), Borodin (Konchakovna in Prince Igor), and Rimsky-Korsakov (Ljubascha in The Tsar’s Bride and Kashcheyevna in Kashchey the Deathless). She is also a sought-after performer of French opera, with credits including the title role in Bizet’s Carmen and Marguerite in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, and she additionally performs such Italian roles as Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, Amneris in Verdi’s Aida, and Laura in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda. Oksana Volkova has been a guest artist at the major opera houses in the Western world, such as La Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bavarian Staatsoper, London’s Royal Opera House, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In the 2017-18 season, she will appear as Giulietta in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera, as Olga at the Hamburg Staatsoper, and as Santuzza at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Her concert repertoire includes the Requiem setting by Mozart and Verdi and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky.