Soprano Yelena Dof-Donskaya enjoys a distinguished international career ranging
from her native Moscow, to capitals in Eastern and Western Europe, Israel and
the United States. A pupil of the great Russian operatic soprano Zara
Dolukhanova, Ms. Dof-Donskaya has a degree in Choral Conducting from the
Ippolitov-Ivanov Musical College, and a degree in Voice from the Gnessin
Institute, Moscow. She has also studied at the Accademia d'Arte Lirica in Italy
under Sergio Segalini, and taken master classes with Giuseppe di Stefano.
Among many artistic accomplishments, she has participated in the Institute of
Vocal Arts Metropolitan Opera-New Israeli Opera Program, a joint venture taking
place in New York and Tel Aviv, which resulted in performances with Fiorenza
Cossoto, Ghena Dimitrova, Louis Quilico, and Virgnia Zeani, as well as special
collaborations with the Joan Dornemann, the renown vocal coach of the
Metropolitan Opera. She has toured internationally with performances in opera,
oratorio and chamber music and includes among her repertoire the leading soprano
roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail,
Francesca da Rimini, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, and Die Zauberflute, in
addition to lieder, chansons, and Jewish music. Ms. Dof-Donskaya has appeared in
concert with the Moscow Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Yehudi Menuhin, the
USSR State Symphony Orchestra under Gennady Rozhdestvenskiy and with the USSR
Cinematography Orchestra, conducted by Emin Khachaturian. She has also appeared
as a soloist with the State Chamber Choir of the USSR on tours of Western
Europe, Turkey and Canada.
A laureate of the Glinka Competitions in Baku and Riga and the Competition of
Musicians in Natania, Israel, she has also sung in concerts organized by the
Government of Israel in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Victory in
World War II, and the State Funeral in Memory of Yitzhak Rabin, with the Chamber
Orchestra of the Israeli Army at the Philharmonic in Tel-Aviv. Her discography
includes Schubert's Mass in G Major, and Vaughn Williams Symphonies Nos. 5 and
6, under the baton of G. Rozhdestvenskiy; the soprano solo in Schnittke's
Concerto for Choir; Sergey Prokofiev's Three Songs of Ophelia with E.
Khachaturian; and Tarnapolskiy's operetta Three Graces, also conducted by
Rozhdestvenskiy. Ms. Dof-Donskaya has made her home in the United States for the
last eleven years, where she performs extensively as a recitalist and guest
artist. She made her Carnegie Hall debut earlier this year as First Prize Winner
of the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, and returned to Carnegie
Hall in April as a featured artist for The Third Annual ABC Gala, where she
performed works by Verdi.
"Ms. Dof-Donskaya has a voice of rare quality and beauty with excellent
Coloratura, with the highest standard of stage presence."
Paul Crook, principal Tenor, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
"In a program with many outstanding vocal talents Ms. Dof-Donskaya was one of
the best, with a superb, large, shimmering sound and excellent musicality."
Paul Nadler, Conductor, Metropolitan Opera, NYC
"Ms. Dof-Donskaya possesses a lirico-coloratura soprano voice of exceptional
beauty, range ad power. What distinguishes her even more among other singers is
an astonishing musicality, sense of style, command of languages and an
incredible commitment to her profession."
Yelena Kurdina, Assistant Conductor, Metropolitan Opera, NYC
"Ms. Dof-Donskaya possesses the voice of an angel
Duncan Whiteside, President, Maidstone Foundation