Born in Moscow, Galina Averina graduated from the Russian University of Theatre Arts in 2010 with honours. She immediately accepted a position as Soloist at the Perm State Opera Theatre, with role including Brigitta/’Iolanta’, Frasquita/’Carmen’, Kseniya/’Boris Godunov’, Noemi/’Cendrillon’, Ersilia/’Le astuzie femminili’ and Annina/’La Traviata’.
She made her international debut in 2013 as Despina/’Così fan tutte’ at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and in the same year took part in the Les Azuriales Russian Festival in Nice and their Young Artists’ Competition where she won the Haidee Saretski Prize. Later in 2013 she moved to the UK to continue her studies at the Welsh International Academy of Voice, mentored by Dennis O’Neill, supported by Les Azuriales Opera Trust. She made such a strong impression at masterclasses with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa that she was asked to appear in recital with her at the end of the year at Cadogan Hall in London.
Graduating from WIAV in 2014 she joined the International Opera School of the Royal College of Music and is now in her second and final year, studying with Dinah Harris. At the RCM she sang Pamina/’Die Zauberflöte’ and Calisto/’Giove in Argo’. Last November she sang Adele in the RCM’s production of ‘Die Fledermaus’ and this spring Dalinda in Handel’s ‘Ariodante’. Galina generously acknowledges the support of Kiri Te Kanawa UK Foundation and Independent Opera Voice Scholarship.
Last year she was the youngest finalist in the prestigious Francisco Viñas Competition at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, being awarded Sextio Premio and winning the Audience Prize. Galina Averina is a Samling Artist. She won the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers' Competition for 2015 and has been awarded a Scholarship from the Drake Calleja Trust.
This autumn will see her at English Touring Opera, singing Atalanta in ‘Xerses’ and this month she sang Zerlina in Winslow Hall Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’. She also appeared with the Trondheim Symphony in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, conducted by Andrew Parrott and in recital at the Harrogate International Festival. Next year she will sing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and make her Belgian debut on tour with the Flanders Symphony.
“…’Tornami a vagheggiar’, sung with startling agility by Galina Averina in this double-cast production. Her bell-like soprano was tested to the full in the ferocious ‘Combattuta da più venti’ but was perfectly at home in the melting ‘Ah! No son io che parlo’.” THE GUARDIAN
“The most exciting revelation of all was the singing of Russian soprano, Galina Averina. As Calisto she offered the finest, controlled Handel singing of the evening with a pure, almost old-fashioned voice. Her high coloratura was stunning as was the artistry and musicality of her more sustained singing.” OPERA BRITANNIA
“Galina Averina’s Adele was exceptional. Her light soprano was technically brilliant, she was a saucy comedienne who held the stage with ease and there were many moments when her singing achieved a Mozartean grace. The audience adored her.” CLASSICAL SOURCE