Lindemann Young Artist Development Program
Ukrainian mezzo-soprano Valentina Pluzhnikova is in her first year of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She studied at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev and from 2017 to 2019, was a participant in the Opera Academy of the Polish National Theater.
In 2019, she participated in the Bartok Plus Opera Festival Miskolc and the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival, where she made her debut in the role of Dangeville in Adriana Lecouvreur. This past May, she made her debut at the Taras Shevchenko National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine singing Siébel in Faust. In 2018, she studied at the Corso d’Opera in Cortona, Italy, and also sang a concert at the Teatro Verdi Firenze.
In January 2019, she earned fifth prize at the Tenor Viñas International Singing Competition. In the same season, she earned second place at the Concorso Lirico Internationale Iris Adami Corradetti in Padua, Italy. She was a finalist at the 24th International Competition for Opera Singers “Ferruccio Tagliavini” in Deutschlandsberg, Austria, and the International Eva Marton Singing Competition in Budapest, Hungary.
From 2016, she was a member of the opera studio in Kiev, where she sang Flora in La Traviata, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Dunyasha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, and Clarice in Rossini’s La Pietra del Paragone.