Margarita Gritskova is a Russian opera (mezzo) singer, the soloist of the Vienna State Opera. Margarita was born and studied in St. Petersburg. In 2010 she graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (class of Irina Bogacheva, People's Artist of the USSR). Immediately after her graduation, the singer was invited to the opera house of Weimar, Germany. Her work in Germany has become the beginning of her singing career.
Even while studying, Margarita repeatedly took prizes at major opera competitions and participated in international festivals: in the Canary Islands, Switzerland, Italy, Spain. The most vivid performances of those years are her debut in the concert production of G. Bizet's opera "Carmen" directed by Maris Jansons, as well as the role of Cherubino ("The Marriage of Figaro" by W.A. Mozart) in the opera theater of the Conservatory.
For two years of work in the Weimar Opera Margarita has enriched her repertoire with parts of different stylistic trends, including baroque music: she sang Otto (“Coronation of Poppea” by Monteverdi) and Bradamante (“Alcina” by G.F. Haendel), as well as the main part in J. Bizet’s "Carmen”. In October 2011 she was invited to the opera house of Quebec for the role of Olga in the production of "Eugene Onegin" (conductor Daniel Lipton).
In 2012, Margarita started working at the Vienna State Opera. Already at the end of her first season, she made her debut in the part of Rosina ("The Barber of Seville" by G. Rossini, conductor Michael Guttler).
During the period from 2012 to 2014, Margarita sang in Vienna the parts of Bersi ("André Chenier"), Dorabella ("Thus Do They All, or The School for Lovers"), Annio ("The Clemency of Titus"), Idamante (“Idomeneo”), Angelina (“Cinderella”), and others. She is also invited to sing Angelina in the premiere of Rossini's "Cinderella" at the National Theater of Mexico with Javier Camarin as Prince, and then - the part of Cherubino in "The Marriage of Figaro" in Japan.
The collaboration with the outstanding tenor of modernity - Jose Carreras – has become a significant event in the life of Margarita. The duo concerts with the Maestro began in September 2013 in Vienna and continued in the cities of Austria, Russia, England, Spain and the United States.
In February 2014, the singer took part for the first time in the Vienna Opera Ball, which is broadcasted by all leading European channels every year. Margarita becomes famous not only among connoisseurs of the opera – her name is recognized by millions of TV viewers. In the same year she made her debut at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad, Germany (in the role of Otto in the premiere of the opera "Adelaide of Burgundy"), after which she became an annual participant in this event.
Also, the "Naxos" studio produced discs of operas "Adelaide of Burgundy" and "Sigismondo" with the participation of Margarita.
In 2015, was the first solo concert of the singer in the Vienna Philharmonic with pianist Thomas Lausmann, as well as her debuts at the Lyon Opera (France) and Budapest (Hungary).
Another special event was her participation in the Salzburg Opera Festival: she performed Cherubino in the premiere production of the opera “The Marriage of Figaro” (directed by Sven Bechtolf).
In 2015 – 2016, Margarita's repertoire was supplemented by the parts of Crista in the premiere of "Makropulos" (directed by Peter Stein), Bradamante in "Alcina", Smeton in "Anne Boleyn" by G. Donizetti, Sesto in "The Clemency of Titus" and Masha in the premiere production of "Three Sisters" by Peter Eotvos (directed by Yuval Sharon). Subsequently Peter Eotvos devoted his romance to Margarita, written on Marina Tsvetaeva's poem "Bitterness". Another key episode of Margarita's singing life was her work with Maestro Riccardo Muti in Japan.
2017 began for the singer from her debut at the New Opera Oslo in the role of Angelina in the premiere of "Cinderella" (directed by Stefan Herheim, conductor Antonino Foliani), as well as participation in the opening of the opera ball in Dresden under the direction of Christian Jarvi.
In the spring, Margarita was invited to two solo concerts with the pianist Maria Prinz - at the Sofia Philharmonic in Bulgaria and at the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Vienna. Another important events for the singer were the premiere of "The Count Ory" in Klosterneuburg (conductor Christophe Campestrini, directed by Francois de Carpotry), where she made her debut as Isolier, and a solo concert with pianist Ivan Demidov in Pesaro.
The last works of the singer in the Vienna Opera – parts of Isabella in "The Italian Girl in Algiers" (conducted by Maestro E. Pido), Olga in "Eugene Onegin", Maddalena in "Rigoletto" and "Cherubino" in “The Marriage of Figaro”.
In January 2018, Margarita’s debut in the role of Carmen in J. Bizet’s opera with Peter Becal in the role of Jose and Carlos Alvarez in the role of Escamillo will take place on the stage of the Vienna Opera. Jean-Christophe Spinosi will be the conductor.