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We have the great pleasure of having opera singer Daria Papysheva join us as our Artist in Residence in 2022.
From cultural festivities such as Russian New Year, International Women's Day, as well as her operatic evening performances - Daria Papysheva is our curator and co-event manager for musical and artistic events, inviting talented international artists and musicians to our church.

Watch her latest performances and events below:

Biography

Daria Papysheva is a lyric soprano in her final year of Postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Raymond Connell, where she is a recipient of a generous scholarship, after studying at the Royal Northern College of Music under Peter Wilson. During her first year of studies at RAM, she became a commissioned soloist at Christ Church Isle of Dogs, where she engaged with major services on Remembrance Day, Christmas and Easter, alongside hosting her operatic solo recitals.

A native of Russia, she has been awarded with laureate awards in multiple national Russian competitions, featuring the “Silver Voice” (Moscow) and the “Nightingale” (Vladivostok). At the end of 2015, she was awarded a laureate prize in the international classical singing competition “Opera Idol” held in New Zealand. In December 2015, Daria received the Dorothea Franchi Cup from the Epsom Music Competition held in Auckland, NZ. In February of 2016, she was nominated for the “Art Premium People Awards” prize and in the following Spring won the Grand Prize in a national Russian competition titled “Russian Spring”. She was also a soloist in the FEFU choir based in Vladivostok, Russia, which won 2 gold medals in the World Choir Games in 2016, which took place in Sochi, Russia.


Over the past 5 years in the UK, she had the opportunity to get involved in multiple projects, including masterclasses with postgraduate composers, the live music installation “Juliet the Moon” at the reading room of Manchester Central Library, and the Manchester Song Book – a collaboration between composers and singers. On May 2nd 2019, Daria premiered a new work written for soprano and orchestra a by Matthew Brown at the prestigious Brand New Day held in the RNCM Concert Hall. Throughout this time she has taken part in opera productions by the RNCM, such as “Cendrillon” and “Hansel and Gretel” and “Sour Angelica”. Since 2019, Daria formed a piano and voice duo with Nikolai Lester. As a duo, she has been organizing performances across various venues in the UK. She was involved in the “Sound Up” project with RNCM and Opera North, performing opera in various care homes for people with dementia. In 2020 she was a guest performer in the “Singing with Friends” project in the association with Wigmore Hall.


In summer 2021, Daria debuted in the role of Tatiana from opera Eugene Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky at the Rudolph Steiner Theatre as a part of the Royal Academy of Music Opera Scenes. She is ambitious and passionate about starting her solo opera career, as well as performing recitals and concerts, and enjoys various genres of music. In 2020, Daria started her project entitled “End of Nostalgia”. This effort involves close collaboration between herself and British composer Nikolai Lester, which is planned to manifest into a set of 8 songs (written in multiple styles including from late Romantic, early jazz and early Soviet styles), based on her own poetry that she has been writing since living abroad at the age of 14. This project contemplates the idea of nostalgia and homeland. Her hope is to help expand a cultural bridge between Russia and the UK through such projects.

Russian Old New Year at Christ Church Isle of Dogs, January 14th 2022