B i o g r a p h y
Alla Kravchuk was born in the Ukraine and studied at the Kiev Conservatoire with Natalie Zakharchenko and later in London with Vera Rozsa. She now lives in the UK, after being based in Germany as soloist with the Niedersächsische Staatstheater Hannover with whom she appeared at the Edinburgh International Festival as Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande.
In 1995 she was a prize winner at the “Llangollen International Eisteddfod” in Wales. In 1998 she won a place with the “European Opera Centre” working with Brigitte Fassbaender and Kent Nagano. Further engagements followed with Welsh National Opera, Mid Wales Opera, Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, and the Petersburger Kammeroper.
In 1999 Alla took the role of Der Gräfin in a Moscow production of “Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke” by Siegfried Matthus. It won the prestigious Russian “Golden Mask” Theatre prize.
While at the Staatsoper Hannover (2001-2009) she appeared as Cleopatra in “Giulio Cesare”, Pamina in “Die Zauberflöte”, Susanna in “Le nozze di Figaro”, Despina in “Cosi fan tutte”, Michaela in "Carmen", Antonia in “Les contes d’Hoffmann”, Nedda in “Pagliacci”, Lola in "Cavalleria Rusticana", Proserpina "La Favola D'Orfeo", Marie in “The Bartered Bride” and Hanna Glawari in “The Merry Widow”.
In the 2009 season she sang Giunone in “La Calisto”, Mimi in “La Bohème”, Ilia in “Idomeneo” und Liù in “Turandot”, a performance given with guest tenor José Cura.
A highlight of her career in Hannover was the production of Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande”, in which she took one of the title roles. After winning national acclaim, it was performed at both the Wiener Festwochen and the Edinburgh International Festival before being taken up by the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Alla remained with the production throughout.
The success of “Pelléas et Mélisande” in Suttgart was followed in 2009 by an acclaimed production of Glucks “Orphee et Euridice” in which Alla sang the role of Euridice.
In 2008 Alla made her debut at the Semperoper In Dresden as Susanna in “Le nozze di Figaro”. She has also performed at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Theater Freiburg, Theater Kiel, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the Nationaltheater Weimar.
As well as her opera work she is now involved in a number of concert ventures including a semi-staged Baroque series based on the music of Antonio Vivaldi by the Hannover ensemble Musica Alta Ripa. As well as touring Northern Germany they also appeared at the Philharmonie Luxembourg.
Throughout her career Alla has also maintained a wide oratorio repertoire appearing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Westminster Hall in London, the Sheldonian theatre, Oxford as well as many concerts in Germany, including an appearance with the Bochum Symphoniker.
Alla’s recital programmes range from popular English, German, French and Russian Lieder and Art song to the less familiar work of her native Ukraine, as well as the songs of Nikolai Medtner and Edison Denisov. This year she is appearing in recitals across Europe, performing both traditional and modern music, including the world premier of the new song cycle ”Einzige Tage” by the acclaimed English composer Francis Pott, and Denisov's cycle 'On the Flaming Snow' at Stuttgart Opera House.