Vocalist - Soprano

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 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; 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 Shéhérazade with 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. Ms. Chehovska was the Grand Prize winner of the Czech and Slovak International Voice Competition (2013) in Montreal, the University of Michigan’s Friends of Opera Competition (2013), and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition (2014), which granted her a performance of Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder with the University Symphony Orchestra.  

An alumni 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. She is an alumna of summer programs such as International Vocal Arts Institute in New York City; Songfest in Los Angeles, where she was the Marc and Eva Stern Fellow; Oberlin in Italy, where she starred in the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica; the Moravian Master Class in Czech Republic; and Si parla, Si canta in Italy.   


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