Biography

Praised by the New York Times for her “lush, sizable and luminous voice”, Russian soprano Mlada Khudoley has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company at the Metropolitan Opera, and has performed lead roles at Covent Garden, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Oper am Rhein, Oper Leipzig, Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, Vancouver Opera, Carnegie Hall, Tokyo, Israeli Opera, Oper Leipzig, Kennedy Center, Baden-Baden Festspeilhaus, the Cardiff Millennium Center, Bolshoi Theatre, and Concertgebouw, among others.

During the 2011-2012 season, she sang the title role of “Aida” at Vancouver Opera, “Salome” for Manitoba Opera and New Orleans Opera.  With the Mariinsky Theatre she sang in Kaiserin “Die Frau ohne Schatten”, Donna Anna “Don Giovanni”, and Chrysothemis “Elektra”, Renata “Fiery Angel” in Torino, Les Noces in Paris and Dortmund.

 During the 2010-2011 season Ms. Khudoley’s engagements included Abigaille in “Nabucco” at the Royal Danish Opera and Teatr Wielki, Senta in “Der Fliegende Holländer” at Oper am Rhein, Katerina in “Lady McBeth at Mtsensk” with Opernhaus Graz, appearances at the Tokyo New National Theater, Die Kaiserin “Frau ohne Schatten” with the Mariinsky Theatre in Edinburgh and Amsterdam, and made her New York Philharmonic debut performing Stravinsky’s “Les Noces”. 

In the 2009-2010 season she returned to the Minnesota Opera as Salome, a role she has sung with Dallas Opera, Vancouver Opera, Gulbenkian Center in Lisbon, Latvian National Opera, and the Lithuanian National Orchestra. In the fall 2009, Ms. Khudoley debuted the roles of Kaiserin in “Die Frau ohne Schatten”, and Cassandra in “Les Troyens”, both new productions at the Mariinsky Theatre, as well as the title role in Aida, Lisa in “Pique Dame”, and Renata in “The Fiery Angel”. She was heard as Sieglinde in a concert performance of “Die Walküre” at the Cardiff Millennium Centre alongside Bryn Terfel with Maestro Gergiev.

Ms. Khudoley has performed Lisa in “Pique Dame” at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Senta in “Der Fliegende Holländer” with Los Angeles Opera, Oper Leipzig, Latvian National Opera, and Teatro Massimo, as well as Elisabeth in “Tannhäuser” at Tokyo Opera Nomori with Maestro Seiji Ozawa and directed by Robert Carsen. Ms. Khudoley has worked with such renowned film stars as Gerard Depardieu and John Malkovich.

Recent engagements include the title role in Turandot with Opernhaus Graz, Abigaille “Nabucco” with Staatsoper Stuttgart and Avenches Festival (Switzerland), Cassandra “Les Troyens” in Vienna Konzerthaus,  Sieglinde  “Die Walküre” with the Mariinsky Theatre (White Nights Festival) and Senta “Die fliegende Holländer” with Latvian National Opera.

Recent engagements include Cassandra “Les Troyens”, Abigaille “Nabucco” and the title role in Aida during the 2014 White Nights Festival at the Mariinsky Theatre. Ms. Khudoley recently made her BBC Proms debut in Janáček’s “Glagolitic Mass” in July 2014, conducted by Maestro Valery Gergiev.

Recent engagements include: “Salome” in Tokyo; Cassandra “Les Troyens” and Lisa “Pique Dame” at the Mariinsky; “Turandot” Opera Manitoba and Sieglinde “Die Walküre” in Birmingham and Edinburgh, along with Abigaille “Nabucco” with Tampere Opera.  In the summer of 2015 and 2016 Ms. Khudoley sang the title role of “Turandot" at Bregenz Festspiele. In 2016, Ms. Khudoley made her Florida Grand Opera debut as Norma. In 2017, Ms. Khudoley made her Oper Koln debut as Turandot and also sang Abigaille “Nabucco" with Oper Leipzig.

Future engagements include a return to Oper Leipzig as Abigaille “Nabucco" as well as her debut on the new Mariinsky Theatre Primorski stage.