Fotina Naumenko, soprano, has been praised for her “radiant voice” (Boston Globe), described as both “angelic” (MusicWeb International) and “capable of spectacular virtuosic hi-jinks” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). Fotina’s singing encompasses a wide variety of vocal genres including art song, oratorio, opera, choral and new music, both as a soloist and ensemble singer.
Festival appearances have included the Ravinia Festival (Considering Matthew Shepard), the Constella Festival (From Russia with Love), the St. Olav Festival in Trondheim, Norway (Kim Arnesen’s Wound in the Water) and the Tanglewood Music Festival (Soprano Fellow). Her performances of David Lang’s just and Castiglioni’s Cantus Planus at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music were hailed as “a beautiful performance” by the New York Times and “a stunner” by the Boston Globe. Recent oratorio solos have included the world premiere of Arvo Pärt’s O Holy Saint Nicholas (Artefact), Rachmaninoff’s Liturgy (Cathedral Choral Society), J.S. Bach’s Ascension Oratorio and B Minor Mass (Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Vocal Arts Ensemble), Chesnokov’s My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord (Cappella Romana), Orff’s Carmina Burana (American University Chorus), Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and Handel’s Messiah (Winchester Arts Chorale). Fotina was a featured soloist with the Boston Pops for the symphonic premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim, a Sondheim musical revue curated by James Lapine.
Ensemble credits include Grammy® award-winning Conspirare, Grammy® award-winning Experiential Chorus, Grammy® nominated groups Skylark, Clarion, the Saint Tikhon Choir, and PaTRAM, as well as Cappella Romana, Coro Volante, Alium Spiritum, The Thirteen, and the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, among others. Fotina has recorded with these groups on the Reference Recordings, Chandos, Delos, Ablaze Records, Naxos and Cincinnati Fanfare labels.
Fotina is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM), the Cincinnati College-Conservatory (MM, DMA), and is a Fulbright scholar, having completed a post-graduate diploma specializing in Russian vocal music at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. The culmination of this work was the creation of www.RussianAriaResource.com, a lyric diction resource for Russian operatic arias. She is passionate about training and mentoring the next generation of singers and serves as Associate Professor of Voice at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA.