Dramatic mezzo-soprano Galina Ivannikova is hailed by critics and audiences for her rich, lustrous voice as much as passionate dramatic portrayals. Bruce Michael Gelbert of the NY Art Review raved about her “ her timbre ruby in color, her chest register aptly gusty and her emotional pitch-perfect”, “big, glorious Verdi voice in the Golden Age tradition.”
In the season 2018-2019 she engaged to sing the role of Amneris with Gateway Classical Music society, the role of the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Azucena from Il Trovatore with Regina Opera, Eboli From Don Carlo with CT Lyric opera, Ulrica from Un Ballo with Amore Opera, Mahler's Das Lied von Der Erde (mezzo solo), Samson and Dalilah and Santuzza from Cavalleria Rusticana with East Coast Harbor Opera, and the series of classical concerts in NY.
In 2017-2018 season her engagements included the role of Amneris in Verdi's Aida with Connecticut Lyric Opera and Westside Opera society . The role of Waltraute from Wagner's Götterdummerung she will sing with NYVWOG. Also, she will perform the role of Leonora in Donizetti's La Favorite with WSO and the Mezzo Solo in Mahler's Das Lied von den Erde with NYVWOG.
In the seasons of 2016-2017, Ms. Ivannikova is engaged to sing the title role of Carmen, Sarah in Roberto Devereux, Amelia in The Golden Cockerel and Amneris in Aida with Lyric Theater D’Europa, Amneris in Aida with NJ Verismo Opera.
In season 2015-2016 Ms. Ivannikova appeared in several of her signature roles. She opened the season as Amneris in Verdi's Aida with Lyric Theatre D’Europa. Her portrayal of La Cieca in La Gioconda by Ponchielli with NJ Verismo Opera was positively reviewed by Opera Magazine, London as “imposing instrument and passion.” She then appeared as Eboli in Don Carlo by Verdi and later returned to Commonwealth Opera Theater in Boston as Innkeeper and Marina Mnishek in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov with Commonwealth Opera Theater, Boston.
In 2014-2015, she was critically acclaimed as Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto. This season Ms. Ivannikova also appeared as Leonora in Donizetti's La Favorita, Ulrica in Ballo in Maschera by Verdi. In the spring, she made her Commonwealth Opera Theater debut as Odarka in Hulak-Artemovsky’s The Cossack beyond the Danube. She then returned to VP NYC in the role of Marta in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta.
In 2012-2013 she debuted with NY Lyric Opera in the role of Fricka in Wagner's Die Walküre and with NJ Verismo Opera in the role of Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
Ms. Ivannikova then embarked on a concert tour of the US East Coast, featuring Eastern European Classical music. In fall of 2013, she came back to NYC to make her VP NYC debut as Ulrica in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera.
In previous seasons she appeared as Amneris (Aida) with Opera Memphis, TN, Nicklausse/Muse (The Tales of Hoffman) with Connecticut Lyric Opera. Ms. Ivannikova was critically acclaimed for her portrayal of Azucena (Il Trovatore) with Verismo Opera, where she also performed Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana).
Her wide-ranging repertoire includes the title role of Carmen, Waltraute in Wagner's Götterdämmerung, Erda in Wagner's Das Rheingold, Fricka in Wagner’s Die Walküre, Dalilah in Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalilah, Leonora in Donizetti's La Favorita, Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlo,Ulrica in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, La Cieca/Laura in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, Principessa in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Olga/Nurse/Larina in Eugene Onegin and Marfa in Khovanshchina, mezzo solo in Verdi’s Requiem.
Ms. Ivannikova is a first place winner of the University of Memphis Concerto Competition and is currently completing a doctorate in vocal performance at the University of Memphis.
“ Her timbre ruby in color, her chest register aptly gusty and her emotional pitch perfect”, “big, glorious Verdi voice in the Golden Age tradition".
Bruce Michael Gelbert of the NY Art