Mezzo-Soprano Dara Savinova was born in Tallinn, Estonia. A former member of the International Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zürich and of the Salzburger Festspiele’s Young Artist Project, Estonian mezzo-soprano Dara Savinova has rapidly raised her international profile in recent seasons. She is praised for her brilliant mezzo-coloraturas, enchanting stage presence and meticulous diction.
Her recent successes include her role debut as Angelina (La Cenerentola) at Royal Swedish Opera, Ozias (Juditha Triumphans) at the Théâtre du Champs-Elysées and Eudossa (Irene) at the Theater an der Wien, both in concert. She intrigues audiences in the title role of Carmen, one of her signature roles since Jean-Christophe Spinosi invited her for her debut on a tour in France, Spain and Russia. In April 2021, she won the first prize and the Helikon-opera prize at the José Carreras Grand Prix in Moscow.
The 2020/21 season includes Dara’s debut as Pierotto in Linda di Chamounix and the title role of Carmen in Tartu, the roles of Ino and Juno in Semele at the Beaune Baroque Opera Festival with Leonardo García Alarcón, and further ahead Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, among other debuts to be announced.
Past highlights were her Eustazio in Rinaldo and Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Festival della valle d’Itria under the baton of Fabio Luisi, Goffredo in Rinaldo in Moscow and Vienna with Jean Christophe Spinosi’s Ensemble Matheus, Amenofi in Mosè in Egitto at the Bregenzer Festspiele, Zweiter Dame in Die Zauberflöte at the Theater Basel and her role debut as l’Enfant in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges.at Opernhaus Zürich under Fabio Luisi. She portrayed Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Bashmet Festival in Sochi.
A part-time member of the ensemble of Theater Detmold through the 2018/19 season, she sang roles such as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Nancy in Flotow’s Martha, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel and Siebel in Gounod’s Faust.
She completed her bachelor’s degree in singing with Elisabeth Wilke and a master’s degree in music theatre at Salzburg’s Mozarteum University. She is based in Tallinn and in Stockholm.