Russian mezzo-soprano Liubov Sokolova was born in Chelyabinsk. She graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of N.A. Serval) in 1993 and joined the Mariinsky Opera Company as a trainee the same year. In 1995 she completed a post-graduate study at the conservatoire (class of A.N. Kiselev).
She is a Mariinsky Opera Company soloist since 1993. Sokolova is a prize winner of the International Competition in Perm (1997, 2nd prize).
Her repertoire includes: Vanya (A Life for the Tsar), Ratmir (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Olga, Larina (Eugene Onegin), Lyubov (Mazepa), The Countess (The Queen of Spades), Sonetka, Convict (Katerina Ismailova), Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Flora Bervoix (La Traviata), Amneris (Aida) etc.
With the Mariinsky Opera Company Liubov Sokolova has toured to Germany, Finland, (Savonlinna Festival), Portugal, France, Spain, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Israel, Japan, Italy and South America.
From 2006 to 2011 she has taken part in the annual opera festival in Bregenz (Austria), where she has performed the roles of Azucena (Il Trovatore) and Amneris (Aida); she has taken part in productions of the operas The Passenger by Weinberg and Krуl Roger by Szymanowski and a performance of Britten's Stabat Mater and Spring Symphony.
The singer's discography includes recordings of the operas Salome, Ivan the Terrible and The Tsar's Bride (Philips Classics)