Soprano Zoya Gramagin, who hails from Moscow, has been praised for her beautiful, vibrant voice with characteristically warm Slavic colors, while maintaining a very Italianate sound. The Petersburg-Concert (Saint Petersburg, Russia) called her a “true Verdian soprano, [with] fascinating richness of the voice and fiery musicality.” Following a recent 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 most recent appearance was as Special Guest Artist at the annual Sergio Franchi Memorial Gala where she “wowed the crowd” with her “thrilling”interpretation of “Un bel di…”
Zoya debuted 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 a mere 18 years old, she received much attention for singing the lead role of Lubasha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bridewith the Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra. After that initial success, she continued singing mezzo-soprano roles such as Carmen and Santuzza, which she performed in Moscow, New York, and Novafeltria, Italy, until she transitioned into the lirico-spinto soprano operatic repertoire. In addition to her recent appearance at Lowell House Opera, she also recently sang Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro with New York Lyric Opera (NYLO). In May 2015 she made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Amelia in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera in a NYLO Gala. Past performances include Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni) with Manhattan Opera Studio, and Liza (Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades) 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. 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. Zoya was also in the finals of the Altamura international voice competition in NYC this past winter. This coming season will see her in concert with orchestra performing Richard Strauss’ “Vier Letze Lieder” and Mahler’s 8th Symphony. In Spring 2019 she will debut as Cio Cio San in St. Petersburg Opera’s new Madama Butterfly.