“The primary force on stage was Veronica Mitina, an assured actress who created a multidimensional, thoroughly believable portrayal of Tatiana, from the charming, naïve creature so easily blinded by Onegin’s visit to the resigned woman summoning the will power to reject his belated declaration of love. Mitina’s singing proved equally memorable. She delivered the letter scene with myriad tone colors and vivid phrasing and used her particularly rich low register to keen effect later in the opera.” — Tim Smith, Opera News
Lauded by the Washington Times for her “dynamic” and “captivating” performance, Ms. Mitina made her professional début singing Tatiana with Virginia Opera in 2008, returning the following season to bow as Mimì. Sought-after as a Puccini interpreter, Ms. Mitina has triumphed as Cio-Cio San (Lyrique-en-Mer Festival, France, Center City Opera), Tosca (Opera North, Lyrique-en Mer Festival), Mimì (Virginia Opera, Anchorage Opera) and Minnie (Opera New England). Other recent engagements include her début with Annapolis Opera singing Nedda in I Pagliacci, Tatiana with Anchorage Opera, and Contessa with Opera North (NH). In 2008 she made her Carnegie Hall – Weill Concert Hall début singing Act II of Tosca under the auspices of the Italian Academy Foundation, followed by début appearances as a guest soloist with Charlottesville Symphony. Future engagements include her début with Nevada Opera, reprising the role of Cio-Cio San. Ms. Mitina also appeared in recitals with Lyric Opera of Chicago Guild, Virginia Opera and Sarasota Opera.
Ms. Mitina has been a member of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera North, and Sarasota Opera apprentice programs. She made her American concert début as soloist in the Verdi Requiem with Boston ProMusica and is an active recitalist on the East Coast and is a specialist in Russian song and chamber music repertoire. Veronica studied voice at Herzen University in her native St. Petersburg, Russia before coming to the United States to complete a Masters degree at the University of Northern Iowa. An accomplished pianist, she also holds degrees from the Mussorgsky College and Herzen University in St. Petersburg. Among her many awards and honors, Ms. Mitina won the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, the Bel Canto Foundation of Chicago, the International Czech and Slovak Voice, and the Greek Women’s University Club competitions. She is the recipient of a Metropolitan Opera National Council Career Development Award, a MacAllister Foundation Grant, and Sarasota Opera Guild’s Leo Rogers Scholarship Ms. Mitina has also been a finalist with the Liederkranz and Connecticut Opera Competitions, as well as a finalist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center.