Liudmyla Monastyrska – one of the most powerful soloists of the world opera stage and the prima of the National Opera of Ukraine, the owner of a lyric-dramatic soprano, unique in its beauty and timbre. Today foreign critics call the singer a new star of vocal world, calling her the “Queen of nuance” and “Queen of pianissimo”, as well as the successor to the traditions of Solomiya Krushelnitska, Maria Callas, and Montserrat Caballé, predicting her brilliant future as confirmed by numerous contracts with the most prestigious theaters in the world, including La Scala, the Royal Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera and others. According to the casting director of the Metropolitan Opera, Liudmyla Monastyrska is the best Aida over the past 50 years. And in 2015, the singer was nominated for The International Opera Awards.
Liudmyla Monastyrska has sung on opera stages in Germany, the United States of America, Spain, Italy, Norway, Great Britain, Austria, Holland, Chile, and Russia. Her voice has sounded in a duet with Plácido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Olga Borodina, Roberto Alagna, Jonas Kaufmann, and Simon Keenlyside. She has worked with such outstanding conductors as James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Riccardo Muti, and Antonio Pappano. And these are just a few names…
The schedule of performances of one of the most popular lyric-dramatic sopranos in the world, a Ukrainian beauty generously endowed with talent, is scheduled for years in advance.
In her creative repertoire there are more than 20 roles: Aida, Lady Macbeth, Amelia, Abigail, Odabella, Lucrezia Contarini, Leonora, Elizabeth, Leonora (“Aida”, “Macbeth”, “A Masked Ball”, “Nabucco”, “Attila”, “The Two Foscari”, “The Force of Destiny”, “Don Carlos”, “The Troubadour” by G. Verdi), Manon in “Manon Lescaut”, and Tosca and Turandot in the operas of the same name by G. Puccini. Norma in the opera of the same name by V. Bellini, Natalka (“Natalka Poltavka” by M. Lysenko), Liza, Tatyana, Iolanta (“The Queen of Spades”, “Eugene Onegin”, “Iolanta” by P. Tchaikovsky), Tsarina, Militrisa (“The Night Before Christmas”,“The Tale of Tsar Saltan” by N. Rimsky-Korsakov), Santuzza in “Rural Honor” by P. Mascagni, Nedda in “Pagliacci” by R. Leoncavallo, La Gioconda in the opera of the same name by A. Ponchielli, Micaëla (“Carmen” by G. Bizet), Donna Jimena (“Le Cid” by J. Massenet), and the part of the soprano (“Requiem” by G. Verdi, W. A. Mozart) as well as others.
2017 – People’s Artist of Ukraine.
2014 – Laureate of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine.
1997 – 1st prize, Grand Prix of the Mykola Lysenko International Music Competition.
1990 – She began her studies at the Glier Kyiv Municipal Academy of Music. The teacher and talent director is the head of the vocal department, Ivan Ignatievich Palivoda.
2000 – Graduated from the National Music Academy of Ukraine named after Pyotr Tchaikovsky – vocal class of People’s Artist of Ukraine, Professor Diana Ignatievna Petrinenko.
In 1998-2001 and from 2009 to the present – soloist of the National Opera of Ukraine.