A native of Kiev, LIUDMYLA MONASTYRSKA made her stage debut at the Ukraine National Opera in Kiev as Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in 1996. Having graduated from the Kiev Tchaikovsky Music Academy she became principal soloist of the Ukraine National Opera two years later. She has since appeared in leading dramatic soprano roles such as Aïda, Amelia, Gioconda, Lisa, Nedda and Santuzza at the Ukraine National Opera and the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
In 2010 Ms. Monastyrska made a highly acclaimed last-minute debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin as Tosca—a role that immediately led to her much-heralded Italian debut at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago under the baton of Alberto Veronesi.
Having made a sensational debut as Lady Macbeth at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2011, Ms. Monastyrska returns there in the 2012-2013 season as Verdi’s Abigaille opposite the Nabucco of Plácido Domingo, under the baton of Nicola Luisotti—in a new production by Daniele Abbado in which she also appears at La Scala. The Ukrainian soprano makes her Metropolitan Opera debut in Aïda, conducted by Fabio Luisi, in a production that will also be seen live in high definition in cinemas around the world. She also appears as Odabella in Verdi’s Attila at both Teatro Municipal de Santiago and Deutsche Oper Berlin, and sings Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera with Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Ms. Monastyrska and her family make their home in Kiev.