Born in Moscow, Galina Averina graduated from the Russian University of Theatre Arts in 2010 with honours. From 2010-2013, Galina worked as a soloist in Perm State Opera Theatre, with roles including Brigitta Iolanta, Frascita Carmen, Ksenia Boris Godunov, Noemi Cendrillon, Ersilia Le astuzie femminili and Annina La traviata.
Galina made her international debut in July 2013, as Despina in Dubrovnik Summer Festival’s production of Così fan tutte. Choosing to study further in the UK, Galina went on to graduate with distinction from the Welsh International Academy of Voice, mentored by Dennis O’Neill. In 2013, after masterclasses with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa – organised by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation – Galina performed at Cadogan Hall in London.
In September 2014 Galina joined the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School, studying with Sally Burgess, where she was the Jessie Sumner Scholar, supported by an Opperby Stokowski Award. Galina Averina is a member of Samling Artist Programme. She generously acknowledges the support of Kiri Te Kanawa UK Foundation and Independent Opera Voice Scholarship. In 2015 she was the youngest finalist in the prestigious Francisco Viñas Competition at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, being awarded Sextio Premio and winning the Audience Prize. She also won the 2015 Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition and the 2nd Prize in the 2016 Handel Competition in London.
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