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Yelena Kurdina

Yelena Kurdina - Accompanist, vocal coach
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Accompanist, vocal coach
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Extraordinary pianist, recitalist, coach, prompter and assistant conductor, Yelena Kurdina is among the most sought after collaborators in the opera world today. A specialist in Russian and Slavic repertoire at The Metropolitan Opera for over a decade, Ms. Kurdina became Placido Domingo’s private coach for his preparation of “one of the most important roles of his career,” Ghermann in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades. Ms. Kurdina joined Mr. Domingo for the productions in New York, Los Angeles, Washington and the Vienna Staatsoper, and also accompanied him in concert on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in a program of Spanish music. Indeed, Ms. Kurdina has partnered with many of the most outstanding singers of our time. Yelena was the coach and consultant for Renee Fleming’s recording of Night Songs, as well as her televised appearance as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin with the New York Philharmonic on PBS’ Great Performances. Ms.Kurdina’s recent recitals with the remarkable Dmitri Hvorostovsky, have been called “rich and haunting collaborations, beautifully judged and impeccably ardent.

No stranger to the leading international opera houses, Ms Kurdina has brought her distinguished musicianship to such renowned festivals and opera houses as the Opera National de Paris, Summerscape in the new Frank Gehry theater at Bard College, Teatro de la Maestranza in Sevilla, Spain and the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera in Washington, DC. Ms Kurdina has been the assistant to a host of extraordinary conductors -- Seiji Ozawa, Vladimir Jurowski, James Conlon, Valery Gergiev, among others -- with whom she has worked not only on Russian operas, but also on many Italian operas, as well. Among the highlights of her operatic career are Verdi’s Otello and Don Carlos, Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Prokofiev’s Gambler and War and Peace.

Hailing originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Ms. Kurdina is a protégé of John Wustman -- the “Dean of American accompanists” -- with whom she studied at the University of Illinois. Like her illustrious mentor, an important part of Ms. Kurdina’s career has centered on working with young artists. Ms. Kurdina has been on the faculty of the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv for many years, she is a regular guest of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington Opera, and maintains a vibrant private studio in New York City, where she has coached innumerable singers who have gone on to major operatic careers.

Ms. Kurdina has also developed an outstanding system of transliteration for Russian opera that has been lauded by houses across the country. Ms. Kurdina’s transliterations of such scores as Eugene Onegin, Queen of Spades, Khovanshina, Boris Godunov, The Gambler, Mazepa and The Maid of Orleans, as well as many others, are currently in use by such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and the American Symphony Orchestra.

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