Born in St.Petersburg Marianna Tarasova graduated from the local conservatory and took Master classes with Galina Vishnevskaia. She won many prizes in international competitions, including first prizes in the International Dvorak Competition in Karlsbad (1990), the Maria Caniglia Competition in Italy (1992) and the ARD competition in Munich (1993). In 1993 Valery Gergiev invited her to join the Mariinsky Theatre. She has toured extensively with the company performing leading roles, particularly Carmen, Preziozilla, Amneris, Konchakovna (Prince Igor) and Liubov (Mazeppa). Recent and upcoming performances include Boris Godunov in Mannheim, Rusalka at the Israel Opera, Aida in Tallinn, the opening of the new festival “Baltic Seasons” with the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Khovanschina at the Finnish National Opera, Cavalleria Rusticana at the Welsh National Opera and Samson et Dalila at the Israel Opera.
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