Yelizaveta Zakharova was born in St Petersburg. In 2003 she graduated from the vocals faculty of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, where she also completed a post-graduate study in 2008. Since 2002 she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. At the Mariinsky Theatre, she made her debut as Tkachikha in the opera the Tale of Tsar Saltan. She was the first performer of the role of the Aunt in Anastasia Bespalova’s opera Shponka and His Aunt.
Her repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes: Red Spring (The Snow Maiden) Fekla (The Marriage) Sister-in-Law (May Night) Tkachikha (The Tale of Tsar Saltan) Smeraldina (The Love for Three Oranges) Aunt (Shponka and His Aunt) Suzuki (Madama Butterfly Princess Eboli (Don Carlo) Third Lady (Die Zauberflцte) Rossweisse (Die Walkьre) Jeћibaba (Rusalka by Antonнn Dvoшбk)
Her repertoire also includes: Ganna (May Night), Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride), Marta (Iolanta), Polina (The Queen of Spades), Neighbour (Mavra), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Azucena (Il trovatore), Siйbel (Faust), Mrs Grose (The Turn of the Screw) and Erda (Das Rheingold).