Irina Shishkova

Birth date

June 23, 1984




Graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory studying under Grayr Khanedanian (2011). She was a prize winner at the 9th International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition of Young Opera Singers in Saint Petersburg (2009) and earned a diploma at the International Competizione dell’Opera in Dresden (2010). As a second-year student she debuted on the stage of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre in the role of Carmen; there she also interpreted the roles of Polina and Milovzor (The Queen of Spades) and Siebel (Faust). Since 2010 she has been a soloist for the Mariinsky Theatre Academy of Young Opera Singers. In 2010 she made her debut at the Latvian National Opera in the role of Olga (Eugene Onegin), and she also appeared at Kennedy Center in Washington with the Urals Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013 she performed on tour in Europe with the Academy. In 2014 she debuted in the role of Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride) at the Mikhailovsky Theatre and sang the part of Olga (Eugene Onegin) at the Geneva Opera. In 2015 she appeared in a concert in honour of the Defenders of the Fatherland Day in the Kremlin, for which she sang an aria from the prologue to Kirill Molchanov’s opera The Dawns Here Are Quiet with the Mariinsky Orchestra.