Soprano Nadine Koutcher came to international attention when she was awarded First Prize at the 2015 Cardiff Singer of the World competition. She made her debut at the Grand Theatre de Geneve in the fall of 2015 as Mathilde in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell and subsequently debuted at the Berlin State Opera as Violetta in La Traviata and at the Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse as the Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. Koutcher also made her London recital debut in May of 2016 and her debut at the Paris Opera in November of 2016 as Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann. This season, the soprano will return to the Teatro Municipal de Santiago in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, in addition to concert performances of Armide at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and works by Jean-Phillippe Rameau at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.
A native of Minsk, Koutcher studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under Tamara Novichenko and was soon thereafter awarded both Grand Prix and Audience Prize at the Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition. In 2012, she joined the ensemble at the Perm State Opera, where she has since appeared in various roles. Koutcher made her South American debut in 2014 at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile as Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani and returned to Santiago in 2015 as Amenaide in Rossini’ Tancredi. She has also been heard as Violetta in La Traviata at the Mikahilovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and Doña Isabel in Peter Sellars’ production of Henry Purcell’s The Indian Queen at the Teatro Real de Madrid, under the baton of Teodor Currentzis, with whom she has also frequently collaborated in Perm. Further engagements included Verdi’s Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra, Delia in Fosca at Theatro Municipal de São Paulo and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor in Toulouse.
In the 2017/18 season, Koutcher sang The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus and Violetta in La Traviata at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, as well as a recital in St. Petersburg and a concert of arias in Amsterdam. She began the 2018/19 season with her role and house debut as Gilda in Rigoletto at the Northern Ireland Opera, after which she appeared for the first time at the Hamburg State Opera as the Countess Almaviva and at the Korean National Opera as Mathilde. On the concert platform, Koutcher sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic on tour in the United Kingdom as well as a concert of arias in Amsterdam.