Born in 1990, Ukrainian soprano Olga Kulchynska gained the attention of the opera world in 2015 when she was awarded First Prize at the internationally renowned Francisco Viñas Vocal Competition in Barcelona. She subsequently jumped into Zürich Opera’s new production of I Capuleti e i Montecchi as Giulietta opposite Joyce DiDonato, directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Fabio Luisi, and has since been invited for major debuts at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and Paris Opera. Kulchynska’s engagements for the 2016/17 season include her return to the Zürich Opera for three roles: Giulietta, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni.
Engagements for the 2015/16 season included Kulchynska’s first performances of Gilda in Rigoletto at the Bolshoi, her reprisal of Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Zürich Opera, and her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as Musetta in La Boheme. She was invited to join the Young Artist Program of the Bolshoi Theater in 2013, making her debut as Marfa in the new production of Rimsky-Korakov’s The Tsar’s Bride in February of 2014. In the summer of 2014, while touring with the Bolshoi Theatre Ensemble, Kulchynska appeared in the same role in a concert performance at Lincoln Center and at the Theater an der Wien. In September of 2014, she joined the Bolshoi Theatre Opera Company as a soloist, where she sang Musetta in La Boheme and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Kulchynska first studied music theory at the Kiev Glier State College of Music, and at the age of 19 she began her vocal studies at the Tchaikovsky Kiev National Music Academy of Ukraine with Maria Stefiuk, graduating in 2014. In addition to her First Prize win at the Viñas Competition, Kulchynska has won many prestigious vocal competitions, including Grand Prix at the 2011 Grigory Alchevsky International Singing Competition in Kharkov, Third Prize at Plácido Domingo’s 2016 Operalia Competition, Third Prize in the 2012 Bul-Bul International Vocal Competition, and First Prize in the 2012 Mykola Lysenko International Music Competition in Kiev. She was also a semi-finalist in the 2012 International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna.
Other roles in the artist’s developing repertoire include Ilia in Idomeneo, Amina in La Sonnambula, and Juliette in Romeo et Juliette.