Russian mezzo-soprano Yulia Matochkina became Gold Medallist and 1st prize winner at the XV.Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015. Graduate of the Petrozavodsk State Conservatory, she entered the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers in 2008. Her debut on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre took place in 2009 in the role of Cherubino, followed by roles such as Olga/ Eugene Onegin, Siébel/ Faust and Nicklausse/ Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
Since then Yulia Matochkina has become a leading soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre performing Eboli/ Don Carlo, Principessa de Bouillon/ Adriana Lecouvreur, Dalila/ Samson et Dalila, Didon/ Les Troyens, the title role of Carmen, Marfa/ Khovanshchina, Liubasha/ Tsar’s Bride, Brangäne/ Tristan und Isolde, Ježibaba/ Rusalka, Dulcinée/ Don Quichotte, Charlotte/ Werther, Polina/ The Queen of Spades, Clara d’Almanza/ Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery, the title role of Mussorgsky’s Salammbô. Her upcoming roles this season are Amneris/ Aida and Ascanio/ Benvenuto Cellini. In 2018 Yulia Matochkina made her debut at the Bolshoi Theater in the title role of Carmen. She will appear as Eboli with Oper Graz in 2019/2020.
She has toured with the Mariinsky Theatre and performed with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Valery Gergiev, a.o. at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Gergiev Festival Mikkeli in Finland, the BBC Proms, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, the Verbier Festival, Carnegie Hall, Baden-Baden, Cardiff, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Shanghai, Seoul. In Turin she sang Mahler’s Das klagende Lied conducted by James Conlon. Her concert repertoire includes Mozart’s and Verdi’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s 9th symphony, Mahler’s 2nd and 8th symphonies, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible, Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette as well as upcoming La Damnation de Faust.