The Russian-Norwegian soprano, Elizaveta Agrafenina recently graduated from the Conservatory of Amsterdam under the tutelage of Sasja Hunnego, Pierre Mak, and Jan-Paul Grijpink. She previously studied with Monica Groop at the Sibelius Academy in Finland and with Neil Mackie at the University of Agder in Norway.
Elizaveta has been highly engaged in the operatic repertoire. She took a part in an opera year study at the Dutch National Opera Academy and the Young Artist Program at Bergen National Opera in Norway. Besides her studies, she has sung in several productions, opera festivals, and in professional operatic ensembles. For the season of 2019/2020, Elizaveta has sung in Werther by Massenet and in La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart at the Bergen National Opera in Norway and in several productions at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosi fan Tutte by Mozart.
Elizaveta is passionate about chamber music and lied. In the Netherlands, she has performed Pierrot Lunaire by Schoenberg, Shostakovitch’s Seven Poems by A. Blok with Brackman Trio, and Shostakovitch’s From Jewish Folk Poetry in Yiddish and in Russian with her Stichting Vertoon ensemble.
She made a memorable performance together with the famous Norwegian violinist Ragnhild Hemsing of Edvard Grieg’s Haugtussa at the festival Fränkische Musiktage 2019 in Germany. She is both curating and performing every summer at the Finnish Pyhäjärven kamarimusiikki music festival and the Norwegian festival Grieg in Bergen. Together with the excellent musicians Dimitri Malignan (piano) and Natalia Szmydt (violin), they have formed the Bosmans & Beyond ensemble which promotes music by female composers.
As a soloist, Elizaveta has given many recitals in various halls in The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, and Indonesia together with pianists such as Kiril Kozlovsky, Satomi Chihara, Mariam Khataryan, Stephen Higgins, Jaap Kooi and Frans van Ruth. She is quickly becoming recognized for her musical versatility in a wide-ranging repertoire that spans the Baroque period through 21st-century contemporary music.
Elizaveta was granted a scholarship to study the Italian language in Italy in 2018 and received an honorary music award from Norway in 2017 for her extraordinary musicianship and talent.
She has followed masterclasses with Nelly Miricioiou (UK), Sir Thomas Allen (UK), Ira Siff (US), Margreet Honig (NL), Jeff Cohen (FR), Jeanette Favaro-Reuter (GER), Júlia Pászthy (HUN) just to mention a few and she has worked with conductors such as Matthew Rowe (NL), Masaaki Suzuki (JAP), Magnus Loddgard (NO), Peter Szilvay (NO), Wim Dijkstra (NL) and Ed Spanjaard (NL).