Soprano Fotina Naumenko, praised for her “radiant voice” (Boston Globe), is a versatile artist who enjoys performing a wide variety of vocal genres including opera, oratorio, art song, musical theater, choral and contemporary music, both as a soloist and chamber musician.
Recent performance highlights include Castiglioni’s Cantus Planus at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music in which Fotina was praised for “seemingly inexhaustible” execution of “spectacular virtuosic hi-jinks” (Boston Musical Intelligencer); the 2018-2019 national tour of Considering Matthew Shepard with GRAMMY® award-winning Conspirare and conductor Craig Hella Johnson; a program of medieval Marian hymns with Cincinnati’s Caladrian Ensemble; as well as the roles of Sadie (Carlisle Floyd’s Slow Dusk) and Carmen Ghia (P.D.Q. Bach’s The Stoned Guest) with the Indianapolis Opera.
Fotina has performed with celebrated orchestras including the Boston Pops (Sondheim on Sondheim symphonic premiere, 2017), the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra (J.S. Bach’s Ascension Oratorio, 2017 and B-minor Mass, 2015) and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Debussy's Nocturnes III. Sirènes, 2016). Festival appearances have included the Ravinia Festival (Considering Matthew Shepard 2018), the Constella Festival (From Russia with Love 2017), the Tanglewood Music Festival (Soprano Fellow, 2017 and 2018), and the St. Olav Festival in Trondheim, Norway (Kim Arnesen’s Wound in the Water 2016).
Fotina won a Fulbright fellowship to Russia in 2014-2015 and enrolled in a post-graduate diploma program at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory to focus on her specialization in Russian repertoire. She is honored to be a scholarship recipient of the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation, an organization committed to supporting “outstanding young American opera singers.” Fotina is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and serves on the voice faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA.