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Natalia Ushakova studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St Petersburg, at the University of Munich and at the Accademia di perfezionamento of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. In 2000 she won first prize at the Concorso Internazionale Riccardo Zandonai in Rovereto and the Concorso delle voci verdiane in Busseto where she made her opera début as Violetta in La traviata. In the same year she sang the rôle of Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of La bohème at La Scala in Milan. Her many rôles include operas by Puccini, Verdi, Janáček, Dvořák, Wagner and Bellini. She has appeared in guest performances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and at Carnegie Hall, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, and in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Verona, Buenos Aires, and Madrid. In addition to several solo albums she has collaborated in recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa (Mstislav Rostropovich), Strauss’s Zigeunerbaron, Prokofiev’s Semyon Kotko (Valery Gergiev) and Lehár’s Giuditta.

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