Igor Golovatenko | Meet the Artists

Baritone. Title role in Eugene Onegin.

A leading baritone at Bolshoi Opera, Igor has portrayed the charismatic Onegin around the world, wooing audiences at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli to Novaya Opera Theatre.

Igor’s WNO debut as Onegin marks his U.S. debut—the first of many stateside performances to come in his exploding career. Igor is a former soloist with Moscow’s Novaya Opera and winner of the 2008 St. Petersburg “Three Centuries of Classical Romance” competition.

His prior engagements include Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Cologne Opera, Germont in La traviata at Glyndebourne Festival, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and more.

“Tchaikovsky’s music is so moving and so close to the heart that audiences cannot be indifferent, no matter if they are Russian, American or European,” Igor told WNO.

Watch Igor sing Eri Tu from Un Ballo in Maschera.

Anna Nechaeva | Meet the Artists

Soprano. Tatiana in Eugene Onegin.

Anna makes her WNO and U.S. deubt in a role she’s masterfully sung with Mikhailovsky Theatre and in concert with Bolshoi Opera. Most recently, Anna portrayed Tatiana alongside Igor Golovatenko as Onegin at the 2017 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and the pair reunites again for this production.

The talented soprano was born in Saratov, Russia and made her debut at the Bolshoi Opera in 2012 portraying Nasaya in Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress. As a soloist at the Bolshoi, Anna’s engagements include Violetta in La traviata, Elisabeth of Valois in Don Carlo, Micaela in Carmen, Amerlia in Un ballo in Maschera, and more.

“I love how Tatiana starts as a sentimental, dreamy girl and becomes a strong woman with moral foundations,” Anna told WNO. “I am reborn with her every time.”

Watch Anna sing Iolanta’s arioso in Iolanta.