Medea - Cherubini

Air de Neris : "Solo un pianto..."

Svetlana LIFAR   -   Mezzo-soprano

Born in Russia but a French Citizen, Svetlana Lifar studied at the Moscow Conservatory, the Paris Conservatory, the CNIPAL in Marseille [postgraduate opera training centre] and spent a couple of seasons as a member of the ensemble at the Opéra de Lyon.


Soon after, she made her debut at the Paris Opera in Rusalka (Second Nymph) - DVD, La Traviata (Flora), Ariadne auf Naxos (Dryade), and the world premiere of Philippe Fénelon’s new piece, La Cerisaie (Douniacha).


In 2005, she sang Paulina from Pikovaya Dama at La Scala in Milan and also in Liège and Monte-Carlo. In the Russian repertoire, she also sang Vava in Shostakovich’s Moscow Cheriomushki (Lyon), Konchakowna from Prince Igor (Monte-Carlo), Larina / Filipievna from Evgeny Onegin  (Monte-Carlo, Montpellier, Rennes, Limoges, Saint-Etienne, Rouen), The Mother from Noces by Stravinsky and Martha from Iolanta (Nancy and Metz), Fiodor from Boris Godunov (Toulouse, Salle Pleyel, and touring Spain), and The Old Gypsy from Aleko (Nancy).


Her repertoire also includes such roles as Geneviève from Pelléas et Mélisande (Limoges and Tours), Ježi Baba from Rusalka (Tours), Madame de Croissy from Dialogues des Carmélites (Saint-Etienne), Die dritte Dame from Die Zauberflöte (Sanxay Festival) The Mother from Hänsel und Gretel (touring France), Mamma Lucia from Cavalleria Rusticana (Avignon), Smeaton from Anna Bolena (Toulon), Neris from Medea (Nancy), Bianca from The Rape of Lucretia (Angers/Nantes), Suzuki from Madama Butterfly (Tours, Besançon and Nice), Emilia from Otello (Bordeaux), Zulma from L'Italiana in Algeri (Saint-Etienne), La Schiava Smaragdi from Francesca da Rimini (Monte-Carlo), Fenena from Nabucco (Toulon), The Mayor's Wife from Jenufa (Dijon, Caen), Berta from Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Saint-Etienne), The Nurse from The Demon by Rubinstein (Bordeaux), The Governess from Pikovaya Dama (Marseille), and the First Maid from Elektra (Toulouse).


In the concert field, she sang Brahms' Alto Rhapsody in Salzburg, Verdi's Requiem in Nancy, Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in Avignon, Mozart's Requiem in Saint-Etienne, Lyon and Nice. She sang Les Nuits d’Eté at the Berlioz Festival. She gave recitals with a program related to Pushkin pieces in Nantes, Lille, Tours and Paris.


During season 2021-2022 she goes back to Avignon to sing Mrs Sedley from Peter Grimes and The Governess from Pikovaya Dama. She will also take part in a cinema screening  of Eisenstein/Vassiliev's Alexander Nevsky with live music by Prokofiev in Saint-Etienne.

Dialogues des Carmélites - Madame de Croissy - excerpts

Opéra de Saint-Etienne - March 2017

Hervé Le Guillou