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Top reviews in Yana Kleyn's debut as Aida


The Danish reviewers all agreed Yana Kleyn was the shining star in her Aida debut:
G. Verdi – Aida – Aida – Opera Hedeland – 2022
Opera Talent of the Year, Yana Kleyn, is a scoop for the whole performance…
Her clear, light sparkling vocal has a beautiful intense timbre, when she effortlessly moves her voice around the many nooks of the role. The interesting light in her voice is fitting very well with the darkness of Andrea Pellegrini’s vocal.
-       Henrik Friis – Politiken
YK is excellent, to put it lightly, in the title role of Aida…
The Danish/Russian soprano, with her warm sound and engaging acting, ensures a beautiful and at times downright poignant operatic experience that is worth the whole trip. Later this month she will, fully deserved, receive the award as Opera Talent of the Year at the Copenhagen Opera Festival. Look forward to hearing her live as soon as you can.
-       Jesper Winther – (blog)
The soloists were also good – with Yana Kleyn, who sings Aida, like a bright shining star. Every time she sang, the whole arena lifted itselfhalf a meter off the ground, and the goosebumps came crawling on you. No wonder the Copenhagen Opera Festival 2022 has named her Opera Talent of the Year.
-       Anne Holm – Ascolta Opera Magazine
The soprano YK as the Ethiopian princess Aida unfolds her emotional phrases with a silvery shine to her voice.
-       Christine Christiansen - Jyllandsposten
Exceptional reviews for Butterfly in Immling 2022

… einer sensationellen Interpretin der Titelrolle

Die russisch-dänische Sopranistin Yana Kleyn ist darstellerisch eine Entdeckung und sängerisch eine Sensation. Leicht metallisch-herb ihr Sopran, perfekt fokussiert und überwältigend in den dramatisch aufleuchtenden Höhen – ohne Ermüdungserscheinungen bis zu den letzten Tönen dieser mörderischen Partie.
…a sensational interpreter of the title role
The Russian-Danish soprano Yana Kleyn is a discovery acting wise and a sensation in singing. Her soprano has a light metallic shine, perfectly focused and overwhelming on the dramatically shining high notes - without signs of fatigue up to the last notes of this murderous role.
-       Michael Atzinger - BR Klassik
Mit Spannung wurde der Auftritt der Sopranistin Yana Kleyn erwartet, die im Februar 2022 zum „Opern-Talent des Jahres“ ernannt wurde. Dieser Auszeichnung wurde sie mit ihrem Auftritt als Cio-Cio-San mehr als gerecht: Die Klarheit und Präzision in ihrer Stimme verzauberten vom ersten bis zum letzten Opern-Moment und stellten das Highlight des Abends dar.
The performance of the soprano Yana Kleyn, who was named "Opera Talent of the Year" in February 2022, was eagerly awaited. She more than lived up to this award with her performance as Cio-Cio-San: the clarity and precision of her voice enchanted from the first to the last operatic moment and was the highlight of the evening.
-       Immling Festival blog
Gala for Ukraine

In support of the victims of Russias war in Ukraine Yana Kleyn sings at the gala concert at Royal Opera in Copenhagen alongside the World Ballet, members of the Royal Orchestra, conductor Paolo Carignani and Ukranian ballet star Iana Salenko to mention a few.
The concert takes place on 19 of March 2023

Support concert for Ukraine

On the 6th of March 2022, Yana Kleyn sings together with other soloists in a support concert for Ukraine in the Dome of Copenhagen.
Musicians from the Copenhagen Phil and Ensemble Hovaldt plays under the baton of Julie Smed Jensen and Danish cultural minister Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen attends the concert.
All proceeds go uncut to DanChurchAid (Folkekirkens Nødhjælp),

Role debut as Giorgetta in Puccini's Il Tabarro

Yana Kleyn will have her debut as Giorgetta  in Puccini's Il Tabarro at the Copenhagen Opera Festival in August 2022.
Update will follow soon.

Opera Talent of the Year 2022

Every year, the Copenhagen Opera Festival gives special focus to a classical singing talent, and in 2022, and COF are delighted to announce the Russian-Danish soprano Yana Kleyn as the Opera Talent of the Year.

“The first time I worked with Yana was in 2019, when she was cast as Mimi in my production of La Bohème at Østre Gasværk. She has a voice that draws you directly into her soul. She is an artist who gives herself fully on stage and immerses herself in the roles with an intensity and passion that makes her one of the most interesting and inspiring talents of our time ", says Amy Lane, artistic director of the Copenhagen Opera Festival.

The price is celebrated with a solo concert together with pianist Ulrich Stærk on 24.08.2022 at 21.00.



Big debuts in 2023

2023 holds at least three major debuts for Yana Kleyn as she will sing the title role of Tosca in Denmark, Lisa in Queen of Spades (Pikovaya Dama) in Sweden and the title role of Rusalka in France.
More information will follow.

Debut as Aida

Yana Kleyn has a major debut in the title role of Aida at Opera Hedeland summer festival 2022.
The magnificent 3.500 seat outdoor arena will be the frame around 3 magnificent performances on 5th, 12th and 13th of August.
More information about the rest oif the cast and team will be made public in the spring 2022.

Returning as Cio-Cio-san in 2022


On the 08.07, 16.07 and 23.07 Yana Kleyn is returning to Immling Festival in her reviewer praised interpretation as Cio-Cio-san in Madama Butterfly.

Double role debut in Stockholm
Returning to the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Yana Kleyn will add two new roles to her repertoire as she will sing the title role in Suor Angelica and Nella in Gianni Schicchi from March to May 2022 under the baton of Paolo Carignani and with Wilhelm Carlsson as stage director.
Mimì at Royal Opera in Copenhagen

In her hometown of Copenhagen, Yana Kleyn will sing performances as Mimì in G. Puccini's La Bohème on 8th, 12th and 16th of March 2022 at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen

Copenhagen Opera Festival - Gala concerts

Yana Kleyn is part of the Copenhagen Opera Festivals opening concert "Viva Verismo" in August 2021 at Tivoli Concert Hall transmitted by the Danish Radio.
The tenor Peter Lodahl and baritone David Kempster are also part of the concert alongside the conductor Sebastian Lang Lessing.

Role debut as Butterfly


July and August 2021 marks the long waited debut for Yana Kleyn as Cio-Cio-san in G. Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the Immling Festival in Germany singing a total of 10 performances alongside the Festival's 25 year anniversary concerts and three Finale Grande gala concerts.
The reviews for the Butterfly are overwhelming among others:
"Her voice is beautiful and full, the vocal technique is solid, and we particularly appreciated her short-winded diminuendos, "à la Caballé". The characterization of the character is totally convincing, from the very young woman of the beginning, her entry is quite astonishing, to the "Americanized" woman, then to the Cio-Cio-San at the end, who puts on her geisha outfit.
The dramatic path is flawless, and the vocal performance follows it perfectly. "Un bel di vedremo" is no longer an aria of competition or recital, but the heartbreaking cry of a wounded woman who is finally beginning to perceive her fate. More than flawless, a magnificent performance where the emotions always are on edge, without any of the cheap tricks that we so often hear.
-       Jean-Marcel Humbert –

Above all Yana Kleyn, the interpreter of the Cio-Cio-San, who really does everything in terms of acting. From 15-year-old girl to American-clad “Mrs. Pinkerton ”and a broken Madama Butterfly at the end of the opera, the young Russian masters the portrayal of the various facets of her figure masterfully. In addition, she lives up to the claim of the title protagonist with an outstanding vocal performance - and the performance is almost a "one-woman show".
-       Iris Steiner – Orpheus Magazin

Verdi Gala in Copenhagen

In April 2021 Yana Kleyn sings big Verdi Gala, among others with arias and ensembles from Ballo in Maschera, La forza del destino and Il Trovatore, with Jonathan Tetleman as tenor and Christopher Maltman as baritone at the Conservatory Hall in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen Phil is conducted by Audrey Saint-Gil.
The concert is transmitted by the Danish Radio.

Amelia in SImon Boccanegra
In December 2020 Yana Kleyn had a jump in as Amelia Grimaldi in G. Verdi's "Simone Boccanegra" at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen under the baton of Paolo Carignani.
Film version of Le Nozze di Figaro
In November 2020 Yana Kleyn has her debut as Contessa in the movie version for children of Le Nozze di Figaro filmed in the old cloister near Roskilde Dome in Denmark.
The movie can be watched here:

Concerts in 2020
Despite a very difficult year due to the Corona virus, Yana Kleyn had several big concerts in 2020 among others the Tivoli Birthday Concert with Peter Lodahl as tenor, Sebastian Lang Lessing as conductor and the TIvoli Symphony Orchestra in a bubbling operette program.
Later in August she sang at Herning Opera Festival with Bo Boye Skovhus, Morten Frank and Peter Lodahl.
Mimì in Copenhagen
In a Parisian cafe chamber version of La Bohème from stage director Amy Lane, Yana Kleyn stars as Mimì with a strong local cast including Peter Lodahl as Rodolfo, Jens Søndergaard as Schaunard and Nicolai Elsberg as Colline.

The production plays 10 performances in November and December 2019 at Østerbro Teater in Copenhagen and reviewers write among others:
But it was the small soprano Yana Kleyn who received standing ovations at the premiere. With an exciting voice, that has a surprising expansion, creamy, dark and big voice, she practically sounded like listening a mini-Netrebko. Under her red beret she was hiding the perfect combination of despondently sweetness and radiating a powerful vocal. Collapsed in the worn-out chairs of the Boehme’s, she carried the ending on her slender shoulders with the other singers as extras. A super strong performance.
– Thomas Michelsen – Politiken
The star is the Russian soprano Yana Kleyn, who has all qualities for the role of Mimì. With a voice of finely cut crystal, and very secure resilience the fragile, doomed Parisian is conjured in a way we will not soon forget.
- Peter Johannes Erichsen – Weekendavisen
A true rising star is Yana Kleyn, who deeply touched us with her sweet and loving Mimì, who really did not deserve to die. Her voice is wonderfully transcending to the deeply touching.
– Kim Reich – Ascolta Opera Magasin
Michaëla at Opera Hedeland

Yana Kleyn has her stage debut as Michaëla in Carmen at the prestigious outdoor arena Opera Hedeland in August 2019 singing 3 performances of Bizet's masterpiece.

One reviewer writes: "Yana Kleyn’s Michaëla convinced with a emotion filled sound, vocal technique to perfection and an accurate interpretation of the character that made us feel the pain of Don José’s abandoned girlfriend."

Mussorgsky in Denmark and Sweden


In the fall 2018 Yana Kleyn sings M. Mussorgsky's famous "Songs and Dances of Death" at the Schubertiade in Roskilde and the Stockholm Koncert Hall at sold out concerts.

Role debut as Rachel in "La Juive"

A new role for Yana Kleyn's repertoire list appears in 2018, where she has her debut as Rachel in Fromental Halevy's famous opera "La Juive".
The performances take place in Konstanz, Germany where the original story takes place 600 years ago.

Premiere is on 14 of June followed by further performances on 16,18,20,24,26,28/06; 1,4,7,9/7 2018

Superb reviews for Yana Kleyn in Metz.


The reviewers where ecstatic about Yana Kleyn as Mimì at Théâtre de Metz Métropole.
Here are a few excerpts:

-      Yvan Beuvard –

  "...a great lyric soprano in amazing ways. (She) has everything: the timbre, a wide vocal range, the broadest dynamic palette as well as physical and real dramatic presence.
...A powerful voice that knows how to use mezza voce and has the pianissimos of dreams, with a rare breath length...

A name to remember."

 Albert Dacheux –
"her extraordinary qualities as a lyric soprano in perfect match with the work of Puccini...
Yana Kleyn certainly shows herself in the best light. "Rodolfo m'ama", then the "Donde lieta" were they ever better sung?

-      Charles Arden –

"Yana Kleyn's Mimi illuminates the stage, the orchestra pit and the hall with a complete voice and a marvelous stage presence

The vibrant vibrato is a measurement of what her voice has in harmonics and character. A complete voice, that supports the guttural intensity up to and including her radiating treble.

Her voice has a multitude of colors, exploding into a tornado or projecting clear as an ice crystal. Immediately when she sings, there is a sweet and intoxicating fragrance of flowers.
The expressive intensity of the voice, the calm pianissimos and controls of all spectrums of nuances can fill any large opera house."


French debut at Théâtre de Metz Métropole

 Yana Kleyn gets her country- and house debut when she sings her first Mimì in France at Théâtre de Metz Métropole on 29th of September 2017 followed by two further performances on 1st and 3rd of October.

Debut at Copenhagen- and Aalborg Opera Festival

 The gala concert on 6th of August 2017 at Copenhagen Opera Festival, and two concerts on 12 and 13 of August at Aalborg Opera Festival marks the debut of Yana Kleyn in these two growing international festivals.

More Mimì's at Royal Opera in Stockholm

Yana Kleyn continues her success at Royal Opera in Stockholm with 12 more performances as Mimì over the spring 2017 on 28,31/1; 4,7,10,16,19/2; 3,7,9,12,14/06 2017.

Strong reviews as Desdemona
Riitta-Leena Lempinen-Veta from Itä-Savo writes about Yana Kleyn's Desdemona in 2016 at Savonlinna Festival:

“Yana Kleyn’s Desdemona is sensitive and girly, like Shakespeare’s writing requires. The tenderness of the very young girl comes alive especially in the Piangea cantando, where Kleyn feasted with extremely sensitive nuances. The very quiet parts of her performance expressed the held-back agony and fear of death in a touching manner. There is also power and melody in her voice when needed, and her voice keeps its warmth and agility even when using this power.”


Concert at Frederiksværk Festival
Yana Kleyn sings opera arias at "Frederiksværk Musikfestival" (Denmark) in arrangements for wind octet.
The concert takes place at Gjethuset on 1st of August 2016 at 20:00 and marks the end of the Festival.

Presentation: Henrik Goldschmidt
Conductor: Klas Sjöblom

Further Program: W.A. Mozart (1756-1791): Serenade no. 10 in B flat major KV361/370a (Gran Partita)
Festival- and Role debut as Desdemona at Savonlinna

On the 12 of July, Yana Kleyn has Festival- and Role debut as Desdemona at Savonlinna Festival.

Followed by performances on 21, 29 of July 2016.
In the cast is ao. one of the greatest Otello's of today Kristian Benedikt.
The roles of Jago sung by Elia Fabbian and Tommi Hakala.
Conductor: Xian Zhang
Stage director: Nadine Duffaut
Jump in at Oslo Opera

 On the 26 of May 2016 Yana Kleyn made jump in at the prestigious Oslo Opera singing the part og Liù in G. Puccini's Turandot

Mimi in Köln

On 13 of December 2015 Yana Kleyn will have her German debut as Mimì at Oper Köln;

Further performances on 17/12 (19:30),27/12 (19:30) 2015; 1 (18), 3/01 (18) 2016

Boheme in Stockholm

Yana Kleyn is in the middle of her production of Mimì in La Boheme at Royal Opera in Stockholm receiving amazing praise from the reviewers:

“(The Bohème) is light and full of fantasy, with solid musicianship and a splendid Yana Kleyn as Mimì….. Yana Kleyn must be one of the world’s greatest Mimì interpreters, with both seriousness and presence. Her voice is as soft and shining as the silk she embroiders.”
- Bo Löfvendahl – Svenska Dagbladet“

YK is superb as Mimì, especially in first and last act, and she has certainly come a long way since I heard her for the first time as Mimi at Opera på Skäret”
- Mogens H Andersson,

“The superior singers are all Swedish (except the brilliant Russian soprano Yana Kleyn’s Mimì).- Gunilla Brodrej
– Expressen

“The singers are another major reason to watch the show. Yana Kleyn as Mimì - I just say WOW”- Rosemari Södergren,

Michaela in Stockholm
Yana Kleyn has finished her production of Michaëla in Carmen at Royal Opera in Stockholm on 19,21,24,27,29,31/08; 17,19,21,29/09; 01/10 2015
Opening concert at Kungliga Operan
15-08-2015: Tonight Yana Kleyn will sing Mimi's aria and the Rodolfo/Mimì's duet with Daniel Johansson outdoor at Gustav Adolfs Torg in Stockholm, to present the 15/16 season's program to the audience.Two more concerts follow on the 20 and 22 of August where she sings Rusalka's arie and Agathe's aria from Freishütz.Conductor: Lawrence Rennes More details
Liù at Royal Opera in Stockholm
For the second time Yana Kleyn will be guesting Royal Opera in Stockholm as Liù in G. Puccini's "Turandot"First performance will be on 25th of May 2016 followed by performances on 28,31/05; 2,7,10,15/06 2016. Stage director: Marco Arturo Marelli More details
Dvorak Requiem in Aalborg, Denmark
Yana Kleyn will sing the soprano solo in Dvorak's Requiem with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra on 12 of May 2016. The concert mark the ending of the 15/16 season of the orchestra and will be conducted by the star Michail Jurowski.Other soloists are:Hanne Fischer, mezzo Edgaras Montvidas, tenor Tadas Girininkas, bas More details
Donna Anna in Stockholm
Yana Kleyn will sing Donna Anna in W. A. Mozart's "Don Giovanni" for the second time as a guest in Royal Opera Stockholm. First performance on 7th of April 2016 followed by performances on 16,22,28/04 2016. More details
Debut at Oper Köln
Yana Kleyn will have her debut at Oper Köln as Mimì in G. Puccini's "La Bohème" on the 27th of December 2015. This will be followed by performances on 01/01; 13,20,27/02; 04/03 2016. Conductor: Francesco Angelico Stage Director: Michael Hampe More details
Premiere as Mimì in Royal Opera Stockholm
Yana Kleyn will guest Royal Opera in Stockholm as Mimì in the spectacular new production of La Bohème staged by world famous tenor and stage director José Cura. Premiere is on 21 of November 2015 followed by 25 performances in that season and send in cinemas all over Sweden on 28 of November 2015.An original new production build around the big artists of Scandinavia where Rodolfo is Strindberg, Musetta is Tulla Larson, Macello is Munch, Schaunard is Grieg and Coline is Kirkegaard. More details
Yana Kleyn will sing her second production of Michaëla in G. Bizet's at Royal Opera in Stockholm, singing 11 performances on 19,21,24,27,29,31/08; 17,19,21,29/09; 01/10 2015 Stage director: Vincent Boussard Conductor: Eugene Tzigane More details
Jump in Kassel - Liú
Yana Kleyn will jump in to sing Liù in G. Puccini's Turandot in Staatstheater Kassel on 27th of June 2015. More details
Debut at Maggio Musicale
Successful debut on 22/05 2015 for Yana Kleyn as Miss Jessel in Benjamin Britten's "The Turn of the Screw" in Maggio Musical Fiorentino at Teatro Goldoni. More details
Debut at legendary Teatro Massimo di Palermo
Yana Kleyn is about to have her Italy- stage- and role debut as Eurydice in Orphée et Eurydice at the legendary Teatro Massimo di Palermo. Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck (Hector Berlioz's version).Performances on 21, 24 and 26 of February 2015 alongside Lucia Cirillo as Orphée and Aurora Faggioli as Amour. Conductor Giuseppe GrazioliDirector and Coreographer Frédéric FlamandTeatro Massimo Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet More details
New Year in Sct. Petersburg 2015
Yana Kleyn celebrated her New Year in Sct. Petersburg singing a big gala concert with Wiener repertoire at New Music Hall, with famous tenor Kristian Benedikt and one of the most successful conductors of today in Russia, Maestro Fabio Mastrangelo.
Succesful tour of Mimì with Danish National
Yana Kleyn have finished her tour all over Denmark as Mimì in the new production of La Boheme in December 2014 with singing 13 performances. Production was staged by Alfonso Mora and conducted by Michael Balke.Among the many positive reviews was:"The Soprano Yana Kleyn sang Mimì into the hearts of all people. She was in top form; she toned down her outer appearance to the minimum thus making her inner appearance grow that much more. She is a wonder of sweetness and poetry, inner glow and elementary vocal composure."
Summer Concerts in Denmark
Yana Kleyn will sing two summer concerts in August 2014 in Denmark. The 1st of August at Frederiksværks Festival,with the Danish Wind Octet in their last concert as an ensemble.Furthermore she will sing opera arias from Boheme, Hoffmann, Carmen and Cavalleria Rusticana at Opera i Rebild on the 15th of August. More details
Mimì at Danish National Opera
Returning to Danish National Opera in the fall 2014, Yana Kleyn will sing her second production of La Bohème as Mimì.
New Year Concert in Stockholm
Yana Kleyn will sing New year Gala Concert at the Royal Opera in Stockholm with tenor Riccardo Massi and conductor Lawrence Rennes. Concert on the 31st of December at 18:00Program consists of duets from Giuseppe Verdi's operas. More details
More Verdi Requiems in 2013
Yana Kleyn will sing the Soprano in 3 concerts of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem in November 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark. More details
War Requiem Review from Aalborg on May the 10th 2013
B. Britten - War Requiem – Aalborg Symphony Orchestra – May 2013 ”….. and the 3 soloists, Yana Kleyn, Benjamin Hulet og Mark Stone delivered their parts with an immense expression and presence, making Britten’s music both contemporary and present.”- Tore Mortensen, Nordjyske Stifttidende More details
Debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Royal Opera in Stockholm
Yana Kleyn will have her debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, singing 15 performances in March and April 2014 with Lawrence Renes as conductor. More details
On the 24th of October 2013 Yana Kleyn will have her debut in Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem
On the 24th of October 2013 Yana Kleyn will have her debut in Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. 2nd performance will be on the 25th. More details
Two Gala Concerts for the 10th Anniversary at Opera on Skäret
Yana Kleyn will sing 2 Gala Concerts for the 10th Anniversary at Opera on Skäret (Festival in Sweden) 27th of July and 3rd of August 2013. More details