As Mehmet Murat ildan wrote:
“If you want to feel that you belong to something higher, to something
even beyond this universe, then go to the opera!”

To fully experience something higher, beyond this universe, you can go to the Opera, but while also enjoying a Ball, during the Venetian Carnevale.

This year, we are honoured that the beautiful, dramatic soprano from Moscow, Anna Sanachina, will be performing for us at the Glass Slippers Ball in Venice on February 9th.

Russian-born Anna Sanachina is perfectly placed to fully appreciate the Italian musical culture in Venice, where she now lives, works and sings.


After touring China with Eugene Onegin in 2009, and graduating from the Moscow Conservatory Tchaikovsky in 2010, she took her first singing role as Tatiana in “Eugene Onegin” at the Conservatorium Lyric Theatre in Moscow. While, most recently, in December 2017, she performed with the choir and the orchestra at the Teatro Comunale of Mario Del Monaco, a famous Italian tenor, in Treviso.

However, it was the musical culture of Venice that stole her heart. She chose the Venice Conservatory “Benedetto Marcello” in which to study for two years, under the guidance of mezzo soprano Elena De Martin. She graduated with top marks in 2013. It is therefore most appropriate that we celebrate the operatic tradition at our Ball during Carnival week, as the opera season has always corresponded to the Carnevale—that is, the weeks leading up to Lent.

The social function of the opera, and the timing of the opera season in Venice, go hand in hand with the Carnevale, as this was traditionally the time of the year when Venice became an international meeting ground, a time when matters besides music were discussed, even at the opera, from the time of the wars with the Turks in the 15th Century when the theatre was a forum for the rich and powerful to discuss the present and the future of the Venetian Republic.


Venice is proud that its best-known opera house is also one of the most famous in the world. This is La Fenice, built in 1786. After a disastrous fire in 1996, it was rebuilt, and is again open. The theatre hosts many of the musical events for the Venice Biennale, a running festival of art, music, architecture, dance, cinema and music. The Biennale was started in the 1890s and has developed a reputation as an important venue for modern composers and contemporary music. Other venues for the Biennale are the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, Teatro alle Tese, and the Teatro Verde.

Anna has flowered to take on many roles in Venice, such as Mariuccia in the opera “I Due Timidi” by Nino Rota in 2011 at the Teatro Malibran in Venice, a joint production of the Gran Teatro La Fenice, followed by her performance, in April 2012, in the title role in Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” at the Malibran Theatre in Venice.

In June 2012 she won the First Prize at the “Campiello in Musica” competition in Venice, and the following year she was selected by soprano Mara Zampieri to sing Verdi and Wagner for the concert season organized by the “Cantiere dell’opera” in Padua; she then performed as a finalist at the International Lyric Festival in the closing concert at the Asioli theatre in Correggio.

In 2014 she performed Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” with the Orchestra Musica Venezia, consisting of musicians of the Orchestra La Fenice, conducted by Marco Paladin.


2016 saw her expanding into Television by working as a Vocal Coach in the television production of the well known German serial “Commissario Brunetti”, where she directed the interpreters during shoots and trained them in the best and most appropriate use of their voices and gestures so they could interpret the lyrics they were singing.


2016 also saw her perform the role of Zelinda at Goldoni Theatre in Venice, on the musical play “Herr Goethe, a Single Room Overlooking the Lagoon” where she played and sang in the production by the Goethe Institut and The Teatro Stabile del Veneto.

Anna is proud to be part of the rich musical heritage of Venice that extends back to the founding of the city in the early Middle Ages. So to fully enjoy the music of Venice during Carnevale, enjoy the lovely Anna Sanchina at the Glass Slippers Ball, then visit the Basilica San Marco di Venezia and also its best-known opera house, La Fenice, and luxuriate in the splendour of the Venetian musical tradition.

Written by: Vivienne Sharman-Lewis,




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