Praised for her “magnetic stage presence” and her “dramatic intensity”, soprano Anastasiya Roytman is quickly establishing herself as one of the most exciting talents in the international opera world today. Possessing a remarkably wide range, Ms. Roytman began her career as a mezzo-soprano before moving into the great spinto soprano roles of grand opera.
Anastasiya Roytman made her operatic debut when she was only sixteen, singing the title role of Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo und Euridice with the Kaliningrad Philharmonic Orchestra which was recorded and broadcasted on Baltic Radio. She became the youngest student of renowned mezzo-soprano, Zara Dolukhanova, at the prestigious Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow. While there, Anastasiya performed concerts as one of the guest soloists with the Bolshoi Theatre. Ms. Roytman made her official international debut at the Lyrique-en-mer Festival in Belle Ile, France as a cover for the title role in Carmen, in the role of Mercedes, and as the Third Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute.
The press wrote of her recent Carnegie Hall debut:“…she scaled her wonderful instrument to the size and acoustics of Weill Recital Hall. No wonder she has achieved acclaim worldwide! She has a gracious stage presence … superb control of dynamics and phrasing… without excessive theatrics. It’s all in the voice, which is most important (Meche Koop)”.
Highlights of this and previous seasons included performances of Tosca in the title role with American Lyric Opera at the historic United Palace Theatre, Senta in the Flying Dutchman and Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera with the Vocal Productions Company at Symphony Space Theatre in New York. On the concert stage, she performed the highlights from Un Ballo in Maschera for her debut with the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Additional concert projects included the English premiere of Dargomyzhsky’s Rusalka in New York together with the US premiere of Pushkin’s Winter Morning by L. Lehrman, and joint recital concerts with the singers of Metropolitan Opera to raise funds for NYC public schools. She traveled with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Volgograd Opera Orchestra across South Korea with an all Verdi program. An active performer of contemporary music, Ms. Roytman created the role of Baroness Strahl in the opera Masquerade by the American composer, J. Morgulas, that was first premiered at the International House of Music in Moscow. Her portrayal of the character won her rave reviews by Opera News, who praised the young soprano for her “solid high notes” and her “intelligent acting”. She returned to Moscow to repeat the role at the Pokrovsky Moscow Opera Theatre.
Past season performances included a critically-acclaimed debut in the role of Elle in Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine which was featured on Russian National TV from the prestigious Dramatic Arts Festival in Moscow; Pamina in The Magic Flute at the Salzburg Oper Im Berg Festival and with Opern Auf Schloss Amerang; and in projects of La Scala di Seta in Vienna as Guilia and Beggar’s Holiday in Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris as Lucy. Amongst other recent operatic roles performed are Magd 4 in Elektra, Violetta in La Traviata, Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with the Moscow Chamber Opera, Garden State Opera, New Jersey State Opera, One World Symphony and Cantiamo Opera.
Ms. Roytman is an active concert artist, having sung numerous recitals in Austria, Germany, France, Finland, Japan, Russia and the Americas. She is the first prize recipient of the first international “Die Wiener Festivalbrücken” competition in Vienna, Austria, Otto Edelmann Society competition finalist, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions encouragement award recipient, semi-finalist of Competizione Dell’opera, a finalist of Opera Idol competition in New York and was personally invited by Marcello Giordani to study with him in Italy.
A devoted humanitarian, Ms. Roytman has given and participated in benefit concerts and fundraisers for numerous charitable causes, including the Voices of September 11th Organization, Cohen Children’s Hospital in New York, and was recently named an ‘Artist Ambassador’ for the Opus 1 Foundation in 2016. Anastasiya holds a Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music and currently resides in New York City.