The soprano Irina Mataeva was born in Tjumen. She studied at the St Petersburg State Conservatory from where she graduated in 1999. Since 1998 she has been a soloist of the Young Academy of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, with which she has toured extensively to Finland, China, America, Germany, Italy and Britain. She has been invited to take part in many master-classes, including those with Obratzova, Renata Scotto and Larissa Gergieva.
She has a wide and varied repertoire, and has sung many rôles including those of Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Lisa in La Sonnambula, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Natasha in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, Sofia in the same composer’s Semyon Kotko, Luisa in Betrothal in a Monastery, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Further engagements have included Chloe in Pique Dame at the Los Angeles Opera, Micaela in Carmen at the Washington Opera, a recital with the Mariinsky Academy at the Wigmore Hall in London, a recital with Larissa Gergieva at St John’s Smith Square as a part of the Rosenblatt Series, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at the Opéra de Marseille, Zerlina in Don Giovanni at the Washington Opera, and Henri Tomasi’s Sampiero Corso at the Opéra de Marseille. The sponsors’ circle (CIAM) of the Théâtre du Châtelet awarded her the prize of most popular artist of the year for her portrayal of Tatiana in January 2003. She has been engaged to sing Natasha in War and Peace at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.