"True Verdian soprano, fascinating richness of the voice and fire musicality"
"The absolute highlight of the evening were the Ms. Gramagin's interpretation of Rachmaninoff's "Spring Waters" and "Do not sing for me, my beauty"
"The show was carried by excellent musicmaking. Both Adam Klein as Gherman and Zoya Gramagin as Lisa achieved major-league successes and their Russian enunciation was excellent"
Praised for her beautiful, vibrant voice with characteristically warm Slavic colors, while still maintaining a very Italianate sound, Soprano Zoya Gramagin was born in Moscow, Russia.
Her early operatic career started with mezzo-soprano roles such as Carmen and Santuzza, which she performed in Moscow, Russia, NYC and Novafeltria, Italy. She received lots of attention after singing the lead role of Lubasha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bride being at the age of 18 with Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra. Recently she has appeared as Liza in the Queen of Spades with Lowell House Opera and as Giorgetta in Il Tabarro with New York Lyric Opera. In May 2015 she made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera, Verdi) within NYLO Opera Gala Event. Past performances include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with Manhattan Opera Studio and Liza (The Queen of Spades) with Moscow Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist in Verdi Requiem, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Prokofiev Alexandr Nevsky and Handel Messiah.
Zoya debuted at a very early age with the famous Russian ensemble of soloists "Cantabile." Soon after, she was recognized at the Feodor Chalyapin Voice Competition, where she won First Prize. She was also awarded an exclusive "Inspiration" Grant, a special award granted by the Russian government in support of unique artistic talents of Russia. Since 2003 Zoya has performed numerous concerts and recitals in the US, Russia and Europe with great success.
Zoya received her music education at Tchaikovsky Music School in Moscow and Mannes College The New School for Music in NYC, where she currently resides with her family. She also holds B.A. in Economics and M.A. in Marketing.
Through her music art and natural organizational skills Zoya initiated and supported various social and charity projects – she was a president of Moscow Rotaract Capital Club and a co-founder and organizer of the Series of Charity Projects "KIND HEART" (Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia) – concerts and charity balls to support and sponsor the surgeries of the kids with congenital heart disease. Zoya is the founder and Artistic Director of the Lyric Seasons art project.
"Morro, ma prima in grazia" Amelia's aria from Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi
Liza's aria from the Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky
Zoya Gramagin (soprano) and Adam Klein (tenor)
singing the duet from Act III from The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky
Anyuta's Song by I. Dunaevsky