(photo: Tomila Katsman)

Galina Averina (soprano) was born in Moscow and is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. From 2010 to 2013, she was a member of the soloists’ ensemble at the Perm State Opera Theatre, with roles including Brigitta Iolanta, Kseniya Boris Godunov, Noemi Cendrillon, Ersilia Le astuzie femminili, Charmion Cleopatre, and Annina La traviata.

She made her international debut in 2013 as Despina Così fan tutte at Dubrovnik Summer Festival, took part in the 2013 Les Azuriales Opera Festival in Nice and won the Haidee Saretski Prize at their Young Artists’ Competition. Later on, she moved to the UK to continue her studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice, mentored by Dennis O’Neill, supported by Les Azuriales Opera Trust. After masterclasses with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, she appeared in a recital next to her at Cadogan Hall in London.

In September 2014, Galina Averina joined the International Opera School of the Royal College of Music, London, studying with Dinah Harris, where she was supported by the Kiri Te Kanawa UK Foundation and an Independent Opera Voice Scholarship. Roles at the RCM include Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Calisto Giove in Argo, Adele Die Fledermaus, and Dalinda Ariodante (Handel).

Outside the RCM she has recently sung Atalanta Xerxes for English Touring Opera.

Galina is a member of the Samling Artist Programme. In 2015 she was one of the finalists in the prestigious Francisco Viñas Competition at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, winning the Audience Prize. She also won the 2015 Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition and Second Prize in the 2016 London Handel Competition.