Biography

"Arina is an unusually conscientious and motivated student, highly professional in her attitude and ambitious to make the most of her great potential as a singer."

David Cowan (The head of music, Opera North)


About ArinaRussian born Arina completed her BA (Hons) in Music at Leeds College of Music, under the guidance of Adriana Festeu and Geraldine Cassidy. During her studies she has had the chance to work on various roles including Hansel in "Hansel and Gretel", Nora in "Riders to the Sea" and understudied Polly in "The Beggar's Opera".  She completed her degree by performing a recital that only consisted of trouser roles arias, such as Cherubino’s "Non so piu cosa son", Sesto's "Svegliatevi nel core" and Siebel's "Faites-lui mes aveux".

Arina is currently studying for her PG (Dip) in Vocal Performance at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Lorna Anderson and Nicola Rose. During her first year she has had the opportunity to take part in many singing workshops from highly esteemed professionals including Donald Maxwell, Matteo Dalle Fratte, Elizabeth Atherton, John Fisher and was selected as one of the four mezzo-sopranos to sing in a masterclass with Katarina Karneus. Furthermore, she was cast in two of the college’s operas; the first, a world premiere of the contemporary opera “The Spinning Jenny” composed by Derri Lewis and Tayla-Leigh Payne, where she performed the leading role of Jenny. Secondly, she was also cast in the chorus of the college’s hugely successful summer opera “The Gondoliers” by Gilbert and Sullivan, directed by Polly Graham and conducted by Alice Farnham.

About ArinaAlthough singing is her first love, Arina is also hugely passionate about her native language and very much enjoys working as a Russian coach alongside her studies.  In the summer of 2019,  she had the opportunity to coach The National Chorus of Wales and The Philharmonia Chorus for their performance in the BBC Proms (Prom 28) of Rachmaninoff’s “The Bells” and Borodin’s ‘The Polovtsian Dances’ from “Prince Igor”.