Switzerland-based Russian mezzo-soprano Margarita Slepakova is an opera and concert singer and a graduate of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis where she is also currently pursuing her Specialised Master’s degree with Gerd Türk and Rosa Dominguez.
In season 2018/2019 she performed the part of Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the OpernFest in Berlin. The same season she was granted a place in a prestigious Monteverdi Apprentices Programme curated by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and performed solo under his direction during a recital at the Messums Wiltshire with the members of English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir. The highlights of the season include also solo concerts in St Petersburg, Basel, and London with the French and Italian baroque repertoire as well as concert and opera performances with Monteverdi Choir in UK and during European tours including venues in: London (BBC Proms, Alexandra Palace), Vienna (Musikverein), Paris (Basilica St. Denis), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Luxembourg (Philharmonie), Luzern (KKL), Rome (Sala Santa Cecilia), Munich (Gasteig), Budapest (Müpa) and others. 2019/2020 sees her working with B’rock Orchestra, LaCetra and ZürcherSing-Akademie (Zurich Opera House, Opera Gent, Opera Antwerpen, Tonhalle Zürich).
Recently she has been performing concerts including solo parts of J. Haydn’s “Missa in Angustiis” in Kathedrale Chur (Switzerland) conducted by Christoph Anzbök, N. Porpora’s “Salve Regina” and B. Brunetti’s “Stabat Mater” during Médecins Sans Frontières Charity Concert in Rollo di Andora in Italy and G. B. Pergolesi “Stabat Mater” and A. Vivaldi’s “Stabat Mater” in Basilique de Thierenbach in France.
Her other opera engagements include a part of Ariel in Purcell’s The Tempest in Collegium Nobilium Theater in Warsaw and choir internship in Theater Basel in shows of Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress conducted by Kristiina Poska directed by Lydia Steier.
Margarita has won awards in vocal competitions in Poland and Russia and has performed in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Finland, Austria, Russia, Poland, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Hungary collaborating with pianists, lutenists as well as orchestras and other ensembles. During her studies she also developed her skills at the masterclasses with conductors such as: René Jacobs, Andrea Marcon, Raphaël Pichon and John Eliot Gardiner .
Before receiving her Master Diploma at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis she graduated from the Vocal and Acting Department of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (class of prof. Jadwiga Rappé) and Culture Studies Faculty of Warsaw University with her bachelor treatise on a subject of the influence of symbolic poetry of the fin de siècle on the opera of the early XX century.
Her repertoire extends from the music of the 16th century up to contemporary works, with a particular focus on a 17th and 18th century, Classical and early Romantic eras. Her special interest in combining elements of early music tradition with contemporary arts resulted in collaboration with an audio designer Clemens Fiechter and creating a sound instalation “Das Rezitativ” shown in the contemporary art galleries in Vienna, London and Warsaw.
Before pursuing her career as a singer Margarita has worked as a dancer, festival manager and artistic director, journalist and lyricist.