Larisa Gergieva

Larisa Abisalovna Gergieva is Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Northern Ossetia-Alania (Vladikavkaz) and the Digora State Drama Theatre.

Larisa Gergieva has long been a major cultural figure in vocal music internationally. She has outstanding musical and organisational skills and is one of the finest vocal accompanists in the world as well as being the director and a jury-member of numerous prestigious international vocal competitions. In the course of her artistic career, Larisa Gergieva has trained ninety-six prize-winners of all-Union, all-Russian and international competitions. Her repertoire includes over one hundred operas which she has rehearsed for various theatres throughout the world.

At the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, talented performers are given the unique opportunity to combine intense studies with performances on the hallowed stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. Larisa Gergieva has succeeded in creating the right conditions to develop singers’ talents. Her deft approach to any given performer’s personality produces miraculous results: graduates of the Academy have performed at the world’s leading opera venues, taken part in the theatre’s tours and appeared in private engagements. Not a single premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre takes place without the participation of the Academy’s singers.

For over ten years Larisa Gergieva has held seminars at the Russian Union of Theatre Workers for Russian concert-masters of Russia’s opera houses and music theatres about teaching methods and training singers for the stage.

Larisa Gergieva holds master-classes throughout the world, runs the Larisa Gergieva Presents Soloists of the Academy of Young Opera Singers subscription at the Mariinsky Theatre, directs the International Rimsky-Korsakov, Pavel Lisitsian and Elena Obraztsova Competitions, Opera without Borders, the All-Russian nadezhda Obukhova Vocalists’ Competition, the Larisa Gergieva and Guests international festival and the Art-Solo mono-performance festival (Vladikavkaz).