Liudmyla Monastyrska is a Russian soprano now enjoying growing success and acclaim.
She debuted with the Ukraine National Opera as Tatiana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin in 1996.
In 98 at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, she sang the title roles of Verdi's Aida and Ponchielli's La Gioconda, as well as Amelia in Verdi's Un ballo in Maschera, Lisa in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, Nedda in Pagliacci, and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana.
In 2010 she sang Puccini's Tosca at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, which led to her Italian debut at the Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago, and in February 2012 she appeared as Aida at La Scala, Milan.
In 2011 she debuted at Covent Garden as Aida and was also engaged to sing Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Macbeth with Simon Keenlyside to acclaim.
A video recording of the Macbeth production has been issued on DVD. In his review of the DVD, William Braun of Opera News wrote: "Liudmyla Monastyrska's Lady Macbeth is unusually well sung. The role in the 1865 version is a nasty vocal hybrid, but she does beautifully with the later style, sounding quite suitably apprehensive at the start of 'La luce langue,' as the plot spins.
Elsewhere, in the earlier style, and almost alone among sopranos, she observes the staccato markings in 'Or tutti sorgete' and has thought about why Verdi might have written them. (She makes them into a cackle of incipient delight.) The sleepwalking scene is admirable, with the final high D-flat wonderfully colored, as if she had glimpsed the abyss."
She first appeared in New York at the November 2012 annual Richard Tucker Music Foundation, concert where her “all stops out" performance of Lady Macbeth's "Vieni, t'affretta" received a thunderous applause.
Her debut at the Metropolitan Opera was on 23 November 2012 where she again sang Aida to wide acclaim.
Critics said "For Liudmyla Monastyrska, who brought her voluptuous soprano to the title role, it was a triumphant house debut. .She comes to the Met a fully mature artist…gifted with a luscious round soprano that maintains its glow even in the softest notes.
In 2013 she sang Abigaille in London's Royal Opera House production of Verdi's Nabucco opposite Leo Nucci and Plácido Domingo who alternated as Nabucco. This production was broadcast as one of the Royal Opera House Cinema HD broadcasts of 2013