Celebrated Russian mezzo soprano Larissa Diadkova is a principal artist of the Mariinsky Theatre and is a favourite singer of Valery Gergiev. In addition to the Russian musical literature, she also concentrates on the works of Bach, Händel, Mahler, Verdi and Wagner. Her international career has taken her to the leading opera houses around the world. She has sung leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Milan and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms Diadkova has also appeared in many of the world’s foremost concert halls, such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. As well as Maestro Gergiev, conductors with whom she has collaborated include Claudio Abbado, James Levine, Antonio Pappano, Sir Charles Mackerras and Semyon Bychkov. Ms Diadkova records for BMG/RCA, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Phillips and EMI Classics.
Recent engagements have included Countess in Tchaikovsky Pique Dame and Marfa in Mussorgsky Khovanshchina at the Opéra National de Paris, Prokofiev Ivan the Terrible in concert in Bucharest and Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death at the Granada Festival, Countess in Pique Dame at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and the Netherlands Opera, Mistress Quickly in Verdi Falstaff at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Herodias in Strauss Salome in concert in Istanbul, Filipyevna in Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Houston Grand Opera, in Sao Paulo and for NTR Radio Netherlands. In the 2016/17 season and beyond she sings Countess in Pique Dame with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Madelon in Giordano Andrea Chenier for the Bayerische Staatsoper.