Olga Mykytenko made her stage début in her native Ukraine where, from 1995–2003, she was engaged at the Kiev National Opera. Two concerts in Kiev, in which she sang duets with Renato Bruson and José Carreras, marked important first steps towards her international career.
In 2007 Olga Mykytenko made her début at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi under the baton of James Levine. In June 2012 she made her début at the Bavarian State Opera Munich as Fiordiligi, followed by an immediate re-invitation in July to sing Antonia in Le contes d‘ Hoffmann during the Munich Opera Festival. Essen’s Aalto Theatre, a house she has been closely connected to for several seasons, offered her the opportunity, in 2012/13, to add the roles of the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro and Pamina to her repertoire; at the Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile she sang her first Donna Anna. In Spring 2013 she covered Diana Damrau in La Traviata at the New York MET.
Olga Mykytenko is a regular guest in many important European opera houses. Her previous engagements include Tatjana in Lyon; Violetta in Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Riga, Brussels, Lisbon, as well as at the Hong Kong Opera Festival; Musetta in Franco Zeffirelli’s production at the Rome Opera; Mimi in Oslo and at the State Operas of Berlin and Hamburg; Gilda in Liège and Hamburg; Liu at the Berlin State Opera, Welsh National Opera, Greek National Opera and the Savonlinna Opera Festival; Nedda in Savonlinna, at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Lucia in Essen and at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
In January 2012 she sang the title roles in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Rachmaninov’s Francesca da Rimini at the Theater an der Wien. The following year she sang with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 14. More recently she has sung Luisa Miller in Naples (2015), Donna Anna at the Deutsche Opera am Rhein, Mimi at the Semper Oper Dresden (2015) and Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 14 with the Israel Camerata. She has also sung Nedda at the Metropolitan Opera (2016), Contessa at the Liceu in Barcelona and Mahler’s Das klagende Lied in a concert featuring Shostakovich’s From Jewish Folk Poetry with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Last season saw her sing again with the BSO for Rachmaninov’s The Bells and with the Berliner Philharmoniker in a programme of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and Skoryk’s Three Wedding Songs.
Olga Mykytenko has won several international awards including the Grand Prix at the Maria Callas Competition in Athens (1997), 2nd prize and Special Award at the Francisco Viñas Contest in Barcelona (1997) and 1st prize at the Queen Sonja Competition in Oslo (2003).
- Mascagni - Son pochi fiori - Olga Mykytenko
- Puccini - Chi il bel sogno di Doretta - Olga Mykytenko
- Puccini: La bohème, Quando m'en vo (Musetta)
- Puccini: Turandot, Tu che di gel sei cinta
- Shostakovich: Symphony no. 14 (excerpt)
- Tchaikovsky: Iolanta, Arioso (Iolanta)
- Verdi: Rigoletto, Caro nome (Gilda)
- Gounod: Faust, L'air des bijoux (Marguerite)