Ukrainian born soprano Antonina Chehovska is a 2016 prizewinner of the prestigious George London Foundation Competition. Of her performance, the New York Times declared her “heartfelt ‘Letter Scene’ from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’ made her an audience favorite and mine.” She is also the recipient of multiple awards in 2016, including first prize from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, a grant award from the Gulio Gari Foundation, and the Frances MacEachron Award from The Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition. Ms. Chehovska is also prizewinner of the Cooper-Bing Competition, the Schuyler Foundation Career Bridges Grant, Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship, and twice the winner of the Michigan District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, which advanced her to the Great Lakes Regional finals in 2014 and 2015.
Ms. Chehovska’s 2017-18 engagements include performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with Camerata New York Orchestra and Symphony in C (New Jersey), soloist in the New York Festival of Song’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, and soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Manhattan Concert Productions. In the summer of 2018, she will join Ravinia’s Steans Institute as an Artist Fellow.
Her 2016-17 engagements included her debut with New York Festival of Song in New York Philharmonic’s Festival Beloved Friend — Tchaikovsky and His World at Merkin Hall and Vocal Arts DC; Micaëla in Carmen with Opera Columbus; Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème for the Giulio Gari Foundation; soloist in Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli “Paukenmesse” at Carnegie Hall, under the auspices of Manhattan Concert Productions; Journey Through Eastern Europe with Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York; Soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Camerata New York, and outreach performances with Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as Mimì. In the summer of 2016 she sang Mimì in Leoncavallo’s La bohème with International Vocal Arts Institute. In the 2015-16 season, Ms. Chehovska made her New York City recital debut at Opera America’s National Opera Center. In concert she performed Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Ravel’s Shéhérazadewith Dexter Community Orchestra, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) with Modesto Symphony Orchestra.
Recent engagements included Messiah with Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Verdi’s Manzoni Requiem with University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra in historic Hill Auditorium, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Kent Philharmonic Orchestra. In recital she performed on the stage of Detroit Symphony Orchestra as part of their pre-concert recital series during the Tchaikovsky Festival, and was a featured soloist in Shostakovich’s Seven Verses for Soprano, Violin, Cello, and Piano with members of Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the Toledo Museum of Art. In 2013, Ms. Chehovska made her professional debut on the concert stage singing Mozart’s Requiem with Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, sang Dvořàk’s Stabat Mater with the Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, and was specially invited to present a recital at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava. As the winner of the University of Michigan Concerto Competition (2014), Ms. Chehovska performed Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder with the University Symphony Orchestra.
An alumna of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Ms. Chehovska sang the title role of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro. She holds two masters degrees from the University of Michigan, one in performance (voice) and one in conducting.