The Russian mezzo-soprano Anna Matrenina has been engaged as a soloist at the Theatre Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz (Germany) for the 2022/2023 season. There, she performs as Olga in Eugene Onegin, Erika in Vanessa, Dämonia in Dornröschen, Dorothy in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Letty Fisch in Hopfen und Malz by D. Behle and Riquette in Viktoria und ihr Husar by P. Abraham.
Anna Matrenina began her musical education at the age of six in her hometown of Nizhny Novgorod. She then studied choral conducting at the Balakirev Music School and graduated with top honors in 2007.
During her studies, Anna Matrenina participated in the all-Russian choir conducting competition in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and was awarded the 3rd prize in 2010 and the 2nd prize in 2011.
She continued her education at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she studied from 2011 to 2016. With the conservatory choir, she participated in master classes and concerts under renowned conductors, including Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Vladislav Chernushenko, Valery Polyansky, Vladimir Fedoseyev and Vladimir Minin.
She was also a member of the vocal ensemble Intrada and participated in performances with such musicians as Peter Phillips, Frieder Bernius, Peter Neumann, Hans-Christoph Rademann.
In addition to choir singing and choir conducting, her interests also extend to other areas such as polyphony, music history, composition, and piano. In 2015, she won the audience prize at an all-Russian piano accompaniment competition in Moscow.
From 2014 to 2016, Anna Matrenina worked as a choir singer at the Natalia Satz Children's Music Theatre. In 2015, she participated in a highly-praised choir performance of Madame Butterfly in Dublin.
From 2016 to 2022, she studied opera singing at Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden with Prof. Margret Trappe-Wiel and Prof. Yamina Maamar. Additionally, she works closely with Polish soprano Lucja Zarzycka in private lessons.
Beyond that, she participated in various master classes, including those with Prof. Lorraine Nubar (The Juilliard School) during the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, and in the master class Belcanto with Prof. Peter Berne, and courses by KS Brigitte Fassbaender, Hedwig Fassbender, Vesselina Kasarova, and in the song class by KS Prof. Olaf Bär.
Anna Matrenina gained her first stage experience as a soloist during her bachelor’s and master’s degree at the Dresden State Operetta. There, she sang the 3rd boy in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and took on the solo role in Kurt Weill's One touch of Venus. In the university’s production of Alcina she embodied the role of Bradamante. In the 2021/2022 season she made a guest appearance with the solo quartet in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Chemnitz Theatre.
The mezzo-soprano is particularly interested in the colorful bel canto and baroque repertoire, as well as the French and German repertoire.