Anna Skibinsky

Anna Skibinsky debuted at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in November 2004 as Olympia in Les Contes D'Hoffmann under the late Gary Bertini and in Europa Riconosciuta in the role of Semele under the baton of Riccardo Muti. These performances brought her to the forefront of the new generation of young artists.

In 2005 Skibinsky made her debut as Marzelline in Fidelio at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, conducted by Tomas Netopil and appeared as well in Bari at the Petruzzelli theatre as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, a role she previously sang at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste.

Anna Skibinsky also debuted at Teatro delle Muse in Ancona as Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera conducted by Donato Renzetti and appeared in this role with the Israeli Opera in the spring of 2006, where she was also heard as the Queen of Night in The Magic Flute. In the fall of 2006, she made her New York City Opera debut as Adina in a new production of L'Elisir d'Amore directed by the internationally acclaimed stage director Jonathan Miller, conducted by NYCO music director of George Manahan. She then returned to Trieste as Gilda in Rigoletto under the baton of Daniel Oren. Skibinsky subsequently debuted at Opera d'Avignon in France and at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin as the Queen of Night.

During the 2007-2008 season she returned with the New York City Opera as Nanetta in Falstaff, Gilda at the Teatro Verdi of Salerno, and Olympia at the Teatro Regio of Turin. In 2010 she sang the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Sassari Opera House, Gilda in Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and Amina in La Sonnambula. At the Rome Opera she also debuted the role of Princess Euxouide in La Juive conducted by Daniel Oren.

More recently, in 2011, she performed the role of Violetta in La Traviata and Carmina Burana at the Opera Festival in Florence, Donna Anna in Salerno, and again with conductor Daniel Oren in the Fortuna Opera Festival in Fano, Italy.

Born in Russia, Anna Skibinsky first studied and performed as a piano virtuoso when at the age of 18 her outstanding vocal talents were discovered. After moving to Israel, she left the piano career for the opera soprano. She has been heard frequently in Israel in performances with the New Israeli Opera and had a special triumph there in the spring of 2005 as Gilda in David Poutney's production of Rigoletto. Some of her other roles for the company have also included the Queen of Night and Valencienne in The Merry Widow. She also has worked with the conductors Roberto Abbado, Bruno Campanella, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Zubin Mehta, and Riccardo Muti. Other coloratura roles in her repertoire include Zerbinetta, Elvira, Rosina, Marie, Linda and Aminta.

Equally at home on the concert stage, Anna Skibinsky performed in a gala concert at the Quirinale in Rome, with the Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Daniel Oren, a Gala concert with the Hungarian State Opera, the Israeli Philharmonic, Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, at the Alice Tully Hall, New York, with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra, Barbican Hall in London.

In 2012 she also made her Japanese debut with a Bel Canto Recital at Bunkan Kaikan Tokyo and at the Saint Petersburg Opera. She returned to New York City Opera in La Perichole and to and fro across the globe from the Sidney Opera House as Nannetta in Falstaff to the Detroit Opera House as Violetta in La Traviata.

Her future engagements include the Countess in the Marriage of Figaro in the Opera House of Fano (Italy) and Genova between February and March 2014, as well as the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opera House of Manaus in Brazil. Her role as Nannetta in this production of Falstaff marks Anna Skibinsky’s debut at the Aurora in Gozo (Malta).