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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.