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Stella Motina

Stella Motina is born in Lugansk in the Ukraine, she received in her childhood her first singing lessons. This was followed by her professional training at the famous Gnessin College and Academy in Moscow, where she graduated from in 2011 with honors. The young soprano showed already early her passion for singing. At the age of just 23 years she was finalist of the "Concorso Internatzionale di Canto Maria Caniglia" in Italy and awarded with a scholarship to sing the role of Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Teatro Comunale in Sulmona (Italy).

Her further course of studies led her to the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover.

Her first guest engagement brought her in 2011 to the Hildesheim Opera for the role of Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème. From 2012 to 2015 she belonged to the ensemble of the Hannover State Opera, where she sang in main and title roles of contemporary operas, as Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen and Une Planète in Rameau's Castor and Pollux, but also as Tebaldo in Verdi's Don Carlos as well as Sandman and Dewman in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.

In season 2014 / 2015 Stella Motina gave have her debut at the Theater Luzern in Cantos de Sirena, directed by the famous Catalan theater group “La Fura dels Baus”. She debuted also at the Theater Bremen as Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen under the musical leadership of Markus Poschner and in December 2015 in the same role as well at the Theater Kiel under Rani Calderon.

In April 2016 she gave her stunning debut as Elisabeth in Verdi's Don Carlos at the Staatstheater Cottbus. Shortly after this, in May 2016, she debuted as Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at the Zomeropera Alden Biesen in Belgium under the musical leadership of Enrico Delamboye. Furthermore she gave her debut at the Landestheater Linz as Tatjana in Eugene Onegin in June 2018.

Besides further performances as Elisabeth in Verdi's Don Carlos at the Staatstheater Cottbus in season 2016 / 2017, Stella Motina is returning twice as guest to the Hannover State Opera, for the company's new productions of Hans Werner Henze's The English Cat in the role of Mrs. Gomfit and as Second Daughter in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli's contemporary opera Lot.

Since season 2017/18 is young soprano Stella Motina member of ensemble at the Hannover State Opera. Season 2018 / 2019 marks Stella Motina's debut as La Princesse Cunégonde in Offenbach's Le Roi Carotte and as Poppea in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Hannover State Opera. Furthermore she sings the Maria in Bernstein's West Side Story and the First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. In the season 2019/20 she returns as Maria in Bernstein's West Side Story and gives her house debut at the Opéra Nice Côte d´Azur.

In addition to her studies, she attended master classes with renowned singers and received important musical impulses by Teresa Berganza, Elena Obraztsova and Helen Donath.

Stella Motina followed in previous years numerous invitations to music festivals, among others to Rimini (Italy, Kaunas (Lithuania) and Perm (Russia). Concert invitations have led her to such prestigious places like the Berlin Philharmonic, where she performed with the Berolina Trio songs and romances by Dmitri Shostakovich. Stella Motina is fluent in German, Russian, English and Italian. She lives in Hamburg and works as a freelance opera and concert singer.

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