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EKATERINA SHELEHOVA SOPRANO. Ekaterina Shelehova began performing on stage at the age of 4. During that time she had already recorded two radio commercials, a children’s song album, and a year later won the vocal competition‘Baltic Hopes’ in Kaliningrad out of more than 300 contestants. When she was 10 years old she took part in her first opera, "Carmen" with the children’s choir, after which she developed a love not only for singing, but for opera as well. Over the years, she has sung with Opera Bel Canto,StageToneScape and with Opera Ontario, where she performed in many productions such as Tosca, Cavaglieria Rusticana, Traviatta, and The Magic Flute. She also participated in many musical theater productions such as Sweet Charity, Grease, and Alice in Wonderland in leading roles. Alongside frequenting lessons at her highschool, Ekaterina studied at the Conservatory of Music in Toronto where she received her diploma for ARCT in Piano Pedagogy, and received the Gold Medal for the highest mark in Grade 10 voice. In 2013, she released her debut album MOONLIGHT- Katya, which can still be found on all streaming platforms online. In 2014, Ekaterina auditioned for the Conservatorio G.Verdi in Milan, Italy, and was admitted after being selected from more than 50 other contestants. She has now completed her Bachelors and Masters in Opera performance with the highest honors. She is a frequent performer at the Antonio Belloni Theater, which is very famous across Italy as one of the smallest opera houses in the world, where she has performed important roles such as Adalgisa in “Norma”, (V.Bellini) in 2017 and Rusalka in “Rusalka”, (A.Dvorak) in 2018. In 2019 She performed the roles of Olympia from ‘Les Contes D’Hoffmann’ and Zerlina from ‘Don Giovanni’ at Teatro Carcano, Milano. She was also a soloist in both Mozart’s Krönungsmesse and Requiem, as well as Stabat Mater (Pergolesi). In the same year, she traveled to China to tour with iSing Opera Academy and performed in cities such a Suzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzou. She also appeared in a mainstream tv show in Beijing, singing a Chinese folk song, performed as a guest on the show Nessun Dorma, in Italy, where she shared the stage with Ted Neely (original Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar), and sang on the show I Soliti Ignoti, also a very popular show in Italy. During 2020 she performed in ‘L’Elisir D’Amore’ as Adina as well as participated in many online concerts during the pandemic. In February of 2021, Ekaterina performed on Italy’s Got Talent, and her very unique performance went viral on the internet, with 500 million views and counting. It brought her to many new experiences, such as becoming a writer of the soundtrack for The Tempestan Italian movie based on Shakespeare’s play. During the summer of 2021, she performed in the lead role of Despina in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, which was performed in her hometown, Hamilton. Since then she has released new music on Spotify and has performed on Bulgaria’s Got Talent. In the future, she hopes to continue her journey on the theatrical stage, as well as remain a studio artist. Besides singing, Ekaterina can speak fluently in 4 languages (English, Italian, Spanish, and Russian), is a former gymnast (8 years) and is an avid fitness enthusiast. She loves studying psychology and adores animals.
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