Born in Kuznetsk, the mezzo-soprano Larisa Kostyuk graduated from the State Gnessin Music Institute, going on to the Moscow Institute of Culture. She joined the Helikon Opera Company, where she took leading rôles. She participated in the Chaliapin Festival in Kazan and the Opera Festival in Cheboksary, and sang in a production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in Vienna at the Klang Bogen Festival. She made her début at the Bolshoy Theatre as Mother Superior in Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel, and participated in the world première of Shchedrin’s Boyarina Morozova. She was the first performer of the mono-opera Eva by Bardanashvili—the production was awarded the National Theatre premium Golden Mask and won the gold medal at the First World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Los Angeles. Her international career has taken her throughout Europe and to the United States and Canada including appearances at the Royal Swedish Opera, L’Opera National de Paris and the Canadian Opera Company. Since 2012 she has been a guest soloist with the Mikhailovsky Opera Company and in the 2013–14 season she appeared at the Bolshoy Theatre as the Princess in Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress. Larisa Kostyuk has been awarded the title Honoured Artist of Russia.