Elena Popovskaya graduated with distinction from the Moscow State Conservatoire (classes of Margarita Landa and Klara Kadinskaya). She joined the Novaya Opera Theatre in 1998, where she has performed the following parts: Gorislava (Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila) Kupava (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden) Dido (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas) Elisabeth (Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda) Gertrude (Thomas’s Hamlet) Abigaille (Nabucco) Santuzza (Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana) Yaroslavna (Borodin’s Prince Igor) Ortrud (Lohengrin)
Also in repertoire: Elektra (Elektra) Tosca (Tosca) Turandot (Turandot) Giorgetta (Il Tabarro) Cio-Cio-san (Madama Butterfly) Maria (Mazeppa) Liza (The Queen of Spades) Renata (The Fiery Angel) Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera) Manon (Manon Lescaut) soprano part in Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony
Since 2007, Elena Popovskaya has been a guest soloist with the Bolshoi Theatre, where she performed the role of Liza (The Queen of Spades) in a new production of the opera.
In 2007 she performed the role of Renata (The Fiery Angel) at La Monnaie (Brussels), as well as the roles of Liza (The Queen of Spades) and Turandot (Turandot) at the Latvian National Opera (Riga).
In 2008 she became the first Russian singer to perform the role of Turandot at the Giacomo Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago and received delighted reviews from the critics of leading magazines in Europe (Opéra in France and Amadeus in Italy). In the 2009-2010 season she was invited back to the festival and toured throughout Italy with the festival’s production.
In 2010 she performed the title role in Strauss opera Elektra in a production of the Teatro Comunale di Bolzano together with the Joseph Haydn Orchestra and the Arturo Toscanini Orchestra under the baton of Gustav Kuhn; she made her debut as Manon (Manon Lescaut) at the Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti in Modena (Italy) and she performed the role of Turandot (Turandot, directed by Franco Zeffirelli) at the Arena di Verona Festival.
From 2010 she is a guest soloist of Mariinsky theatre, where she performed the roles of Liza (The Queen of Spades), Turandot (Turandot) and Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera). In 2012 debuted in role of Cio-Cio-san at Opera di Roma.
She has worked with such conductors as Pinchas Steinberg, Gustav Kuhn, Kazushi Ono, Alberto Veronesi, Vladimir Fedoseev, Mikhail Pletnev, Andris Nelsons, Antonio Pirolli, Jan Latham-Koenig and Giuliano Carella and stage directors including Richard Jones, Franco Zeffirelli, Valery Fokin, Kasper Holten, Francesco Maestrini and Maurizio Scaparro.