About Elena Prokina
In 1991, Elena Prokina won the First prize at the Maria Caniglia International Vocal Competition (Sulmona, Italy). She was nominated for the Grammy Classical Award for performing the leading role of Natasha Rostova in Sergei Prokofiev's War and Peace, recorded by Philips, and awarded by Evening Standard Classical Music and Opera Award as the Outstanding Opera Performance. She rapidly became noted for her intensely committed portrayals of vulnerable heroines, roles in which she could use not only her vocal skills but also her abilities as an actress.
Elena Prokina has taken part in the Edinburgh, Glyndebourne and Aldeburgh Festivals in the United Kingdom and the Bregenz Opera festival in Austria, as well as having appeared in opera houses such as the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in San Carlos, Lisbon, Monte Carlo, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sydney and Zurich. She has taken part in productions by Temur Chkeidze, John Cox, Peter Hall, Harry Kupfer, Trevor Nunn, and Graham Vick, and has worked with conductors such as Claudio Abbado in Boccanegra with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Riccardo Muti as Blanche in Dialogue des Carmelites at La Scala, Vladimir Ashkenazy, James Conlon, Sir Edward Downes, Lawrence Foster, Bernard Haitink, Mikhail Pletnev, Sir Simon Rattle in Jenufa with the Berlin Philharmonic, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yuri Temirkanov, Nello Santi, Vladimir Ashkenazy and many others.