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Anna Princeva studied piano, singing and conducting at the conservatory of her hometown St. Petersburg before moving to Italy to continue her singing studies and graduate with a diploma. She took part in various master classes, among others with Francisco Araiza and Grace Bumbry. After a master class of Gustav Kuhn Princeva became a member of his Accademia di Montegral and subsequently performed Leonora (“Il trovatore”), Mathilde (“Guglielmo Tell”) for national Austrian TV “ORF – Kultursommer” , Donna Anna (“Don Giovanni”) and Fiordiligi (“Cost fan tutte”) at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl. She also sang this role at the Basel Opera in spring 2015, directed by Calixto Bieito.

In 2013 the young singer was engaged as cover for Anja Harteros as Leonora in Verdi’s “Il trovatore” at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and in 2014 for Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite in Gounods „Faust” at the Baden Baden Festival.

In autumn 2014 Anna Princeva debuted in Verdi’s “Giovanna d´Arco” at the Bonn Opera. In the season 2015/16 there followed two more role debuts: Hélène in Verdis „ Jerusalem” and Teresa in Berlioz´ “Benvenuto Cellini”. Last mentioned she also sang in 2016 at the Staatstheater Nuremberg.

In summer 2016, the singer appeared at the Heidenheim Festival as Leonora in Verdi’s Oberto under the musical direction of Marcus Bosch.

Her schedule for 2016/17 included three important debuts: a new production of Nicolai’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein,  Violetta in Peter Konwitschny’s „La Traviata” production at the Graz Opera and  Nedda in “I pagliacci“ at the Sydney Opera House, directed by Damiano Michieletto. 

In 2017/18 she returned to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as Freia in the new “Ring des Nibelungen” and as Contessa in “Le nozze di Figaro”. In 2018 she gave her role debut as Lucrezia in Verdi’s “I due Foscari“ at the Bonn Opera followed by Konwitschny´s Traviata production, this time at the Staatstheater Nuremberg.

2018/19 schedule shows New Years Eve Opening at the Sydney Opera House as Musetta in „La Boheme”, Elsa in “Lohengrin” and Contessa under Julia Jones.

2019/20 Anna will make her stage debut at the Rome Opera House as Hélène in “Les vêpres siciliennes” as well as at the Bregenz Festival as Asteria in Boito’s “Nerone”. She will also interpret Nedda in “Pagliacci” and Rosalinda in “Der Fledermaus”.

Anna Princeva has been nominated for the German Award  “FAUST” 2019 for her Elsa.


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