Russian mezzo-soprano, Elena Zhidkova, made her debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Olga in Eugene Onegin in the production of Gцtz Friedrich. Career highlights include appearances at the Bayreuth Festival, several concerts with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic, the Edinburgh and Salzburg Eastern Festivals. She also sang in Handelґs Jephta with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Berlin Philharmonie. In 2004 she made an acclaimed debut as Waltraute (Gotterdammerung) at the Teatro Real Madrid, where she returned to sing Brangдne (Tristan und Isolde). At the New National Theatre Tokyo, Elena Zhidkova sang Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) in 2005 and returned to perform Octavian (Rosenkavalier) and Fricka (Rheingold, Walkьre). At Semperoper Dresden she sang Venus (Tannhauser). In 2008 she was Judith in an extremely successful production of Bartуkґs Duke Bluebeardґs Castle at La Scala Milan , a role, which she recently performed with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall London.