Minsk born mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Music, where she studied with prof. Lidia Galushkina. Oksana has won many national and international singing competitions including the first prizes at the XXII International M. Glinka Competition, Antonin Dvorak International Competition, Klaudia Taev International Competition. While still a student at the Academy of Music, Oksana joined the ensemble of the Belarus Bolshoi Opera in 2002.
Currently she is a member of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, with whom she went on tour in the summer of 2010 singing Olga in Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Teatro Real Madrid.
Oksana’s 2013/14 season’s highlights include a return to the MET in Eugene Onegin (in a new production by Deborah Warner, conducted by Valery Gergiev), Rigoletto at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Carmen (title role) on a major six city tour of Japan with the Maribor National Theater, and Nabucco, Tsars Bride and Carmen all at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Highlights of past seasons season include her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Maddalena in Rigoletto and also covering the title role in Carmen. She also sang the role of Laura in La Gioconda at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust at Opera de Nice, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at Teatro San Carlo Napoli, Lyubasha in Tsars Bride and Olga in Onegin at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow and the title role in Carmen at the Mariinsky Theatre St Petersburg; Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and Latvian National Opera, Riga.