Due to ill health, Asmik Grigorian has to cancel her participation in the opera performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Kirill Petrenko at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden on 9, 12, 15 and 18 April. She will also be unable to participate in the concert performances of the opera at the Philharmonie Berlin on 21 and 24 April. In the concerts she was to have taken on the title role of Lisa.
The Russian soprano Elena Bezgodkova will now sing in her place. She made her debut as Lisa in The Queen of Spades at the Stanislavsky Opera in Moscow in 2017. Elena Bezgodkova is a winner of several first prizes at singing competitions in St. Petersburg and Moscow. At the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, she appeared as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, in the title role in Ioloanta and as Semfira in Rachmaninov’s Aleko. She is a member of the ensemble of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.
While still a student in Moscow, Elena Bezgodkova appeared on stage as a Tchaikovsky singer: Tatiana in Eugene Onegin and the title role in Iolanta were among her roles in performances at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Born in the Sverdlovsk Oblast, the soprano won several 1st prizes at singing competitions in St. Petersburg (International Irina Bogacheva Singing Competition, 2015) and Moscow (Competizione dell’opera, 2016). In recent years, Lisa in Queen of Spades has become one of her signature roles, with engagements at Moscow’s Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, several opera houses in France and the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, where she debuted in the title role of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in 2019. Elena Bezgodkova has sung many important roles in her field at the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow since 2017: Tatiana and Lisa, Natasha Rostova in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, the title role in Leoš Janáček’s Jenůfa, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Antonia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello and Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème.