A L L A K R A V C H U K
B i o g r a p h y
Alla Kravchuk was born in the Ukraine and studied at the Kyiv Conservatoire with Natalia Zakharchenko and later in London with Vera Rozsa. After a decade in Germany as soloist with the Niedersächsische Staatstheater, Hannover, Alla now enjoys a successful career as a teacher in England, based in St Albans.
She began her career as soloist with the Rivutsky Male Voice Choir of Ukraine, touring all over Europe. 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, Opera Diva, Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, and the Petersburger Kammeroper.
In 1999 Alla took the role of Der Gräfin in a production of “Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke” by Siegfried Matthus. It won the prestigious “Golden Mask” Theatre prize.
While at the Staatsoper Hannover (2001-2009) her roles included 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”, Proserpina "La Favola D'Orfeo", Marie in “The Bartered Bride” and Hanna Glawari in “The Merry Widow”, Giunone in “La Calisto”, Mimi in “La Bohème”, Ilia in “Idomeneo” and 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 Staatsoper Stuttgart. Alla remained with the production throughout.
The success of “Pelléas et Mélisande” in Stuttgart was followed in 2009 by Glucks “Orphee et Euridice” in which Alla sang the role of Euridice and later the role of Fyokla in a concert performance of Mussorgsky " Zhenitba " with Sergey Leiferkus as Podkolyosin.
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, Theaer Gütersloh, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the Nationaltheater Weimar, Copenhagen Opera House and the Gaiety Theatre Dublin.
As well as her opera work Alla was 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, touring Northern Germany and appearing 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 venues in Germany, including an appearance with the Bochum Symphoniker.
Alla's recital work has included the world premier of the song cycle ”Einzige Tage” by the acclaimed English composer Francis Pott and Denisov's cycle 'On the Flaming Snow' at Stuttgart Opera House. Her repertoire covers popular English, German, French and Russian Lieder and Art song with a special focus on the music of her native Ukraine. Since the Russian invasion of her homeland,
Alla has performed many charity concerts raising over 20 thousand pounds for Ukrainian Charities.