Mezzo-soprano Anna Goryachova grew up in St. Petersburg and began her musical studies as a pianist, later studying singing at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. She began her career with the St. Petersburg Chamber Opera. In 2008, Goryachova became a prizewinner at the International Galina Vishnevskaya Competition. From 2009 to 2011, she studied further at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia with Renata Scotto, Anna Vandi and Cesare Scarton, and at the Accademia Art Music with Romualdo Savastano. She joined the Zürich Opera in 2012, singing such roles as Alcina in Orlando paladino, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Lucilla in La scala di seta, Marchesa Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims, Magdalene in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Pauline in The Queen of Spades, Page of Herodias in Salome and Taube in the world premiere of Christian Jost’s Rote Laterne.
During the 2018/2019 season, Goryachova sang Dorabella in Kirill Serebrennikov’s new production of Cosi fan tutte at Opernhaus Zürich and reprised her appearance as Paulina in Stefan Herheim’s production of Pique Dame at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Sir Antony Pappano. Later in the season, she will return to Opernhaus Zürich as Adalgisa in Norma and will perform the role of Dulcinée in Don Quichotte and the mezzo solos in the Verdi Requiem for the Bregenz Festival.
In the 2017/2018 season, Goryachova performed as Paolina in The Queen of Spades at the Dutch National Opera, the title role in La Cenerentola at the Norwegian National Opera, the title role in Carmen at the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Royal Opera House and at the Arena di Verona, and Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito at the Flemish Opera.
Goryachova’s engagements elsewhere include Ruggiero in Alcina at the Paris Opéra, Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and in Florence, Rosina at the Mariinsky Theatre, Angelina in La Cenerentola at the Norwegian National Opera, Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri and Edoardo in Matilde di Shabran at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims in Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Rome, Adalgisa in Norma at the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples and in Trieste and Riga, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito at Opera Vlaanderen and Carmen at Opera Vlaanderen, the Arena di Verona and Teatro Real, Madrid. She has also sung in opera galas and concerts in Germany, France, Russia, Italy and Switzerland.