Lirico-spinto soprano Zoya Gramagin has been praised for her beautiful, vibrant voice with characteristically warm Slavic colors, while maintaining a very Italianate sound. The Petersburg-Concert (Russia) called her a “true Verdian soprano, [with] fascinating richness of the voice and fiery musicality.” Following a performance at the Lowell House Opera at Harvard University in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, the Boston Musical Intelligencer said: “The show was carried by excellent music-making. Zoya Gramagin as Liza achieved [a] major-league success…” Her appearance was as guest artist at the annual Sergio Franchi Memorial Gala where she “wowed the crowd” of 4,000 with her “thrilling” interpretation of “Un bel di…”
Zoya made her singing debut at a very early age with the famous Russian ensemble of soloists “Cantabile”. Soon after, she was recognized at the Feodor Chalyapin Voice Competition where she won First Prize. She was also awarded an exclusive “Inspiration” Grant, a special award presented by the Russian government in support of unique artistic talents in that country. Since 2003, Zoya has performed numerous concerts and recitals in the United States, Russia, and Europe with great success.
She also began her operatic career at an early age. When she was 18 years old, she received much attention for singing the lead role of Lyubasha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bride with the Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra. After that initial success, she continued singing mezzo-soprano roles such as Carmen and Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), which she performed in Moscow, New York, and Novafeltria, Italy, until she transitioned into the lirico-spinto soprano operatic repertoire. In addition to her appearance at Lowell House Opera, she also recently sang Giorgetta (Il tabarro) with New York Lyric Opera (NYLO). In May 2015 she made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) in a NYLO Gala. Past performances include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with Manhattan Opera Studio and Liza with the Moscow Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. In concert, she has appeared as a soloist in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, and Handel’s Messiah.
Zoya received her music education at the Tchaikovsky Music School in Moscow and the Mannes School of Music-The New School in New York City, where she currently resides with her family. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a Master of Arts in Marketing. Using her musical, artistic, and organizational skills, Zoya founded and serves as Artistic Director of Lyric Seasons, an organization that produces an array of performance events that provide a platform for well-established and emerging artists to experiment with various music genres such as opera, operetta and music theater, art songs, sacred music, contemporary, jazz, and crossover.
In Fall 2017 Zoya was a finalist in the Altamura International voice competition in NYC and is currently preparing the role of Butterfly for a new production with St. Petersburg Opera (Florida) during Spring 2019. Next season will see her in concert with orchestra performing Mahler’s 8th Symphony and Strauss’ “Vier Letze Lieder.” She is on hold for a Verdi Requiem next season with the National Chorale in NY’s David Geffen Hall under the baton of Dr. Everett McCorvey.