Olga Bezsmertna, soprano

Since her spectacular role debut as Rusalka next to Piotr Beczala and as Rachel in La Juive next to Neil Shicoff’s legendary Eleazar at the Wiener Staatsoper during the 2014/2015 season, Olga Bezsmertna has established herself as one of today’s most striking young singers thanks to her “magnificent voice” (Die Presse). In the 2015/2016 season at the Wiener Staatsoper she has performed Contessa under James Gaffigan, Rosalinde under Stefan Soltesz, Fiordiligi under Tomas Netopil, and Donna Elvira under Sascha Goetzel. Olga Bezsmertna sang concerts with Camerata Salzburg and Louis Langrée conducting at Mozarteum Salzburg and was again guest at Salzburger Festival in Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae with Franz Welser-Möst conducting.

Her engagements at Vienna State Opera in the season 2016/17 include: Phénice in the new production of Gluck’s Armide under Mark Minkowski, her role debut as Liu in Turandot under Marco Armiliato, Pamina in Zauberflöte and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Adam Fischer conducting, her debut as Tatjana in Eugen Onegin under Patrick Lange as well as her role debut as Melisande in the new production of Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande (Marelli/Altinoglu).

Olga Bezsmertna has been an ensemble member at the Wiener Staatsoper since February 2012, where she made a spectacular house debut as Dame in Hindemith's Cardillac conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. As Contessa in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro she delievered a brilliant performance under Jérémie Rhorer and made a guest performance in this role with the Wiener Staatsoper at the Hamburger Laeizshalle under the direction of Adam Fischer. Apart from Rusalka and Rachel, in 2014/2015 Olga Bezsmertna made her role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Wiener Staatsoper. Moreover she made her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele 2015 as Marzelline in the new production of Fidelio (directed by Claus Guth and conducted by Franz Welser-Möst) next to Jonas Kaufmann and Adrienne Pieczonka. Olga Bezsmertna sang the role of Marzelline concertante at a guest performance of the Wiener Staatsoper in the Stefaniesaal in Graz. Since her debut at the Staatsoper she sang i.a. Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder as soloist and Zauberflöte-Pamina.

In 2011 Olga Bezsmertna was elected NEUE STIMME 2011 at the competition "Neue Stimmen" of the Bertelsmann Foundation. The jury was chaired by Dominique Meyer. Prior to this, in summer 2011 she participated in the Young Singers Project in Salzburg.

Her repertoire includes Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Zauberflöte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte), Micaela (Carmen), Marguerite (Faust), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Marfa (Die Zarenbraut), Tatjana (Eugen Onegin), Jolanthe (Iolanta), Zemfira (Aleko), Margherita (Mefistofele).

Olga Bezsmertna graduated from the Kiev National Academy of Music in Ukraine in 2010.