Olesya Golovneva was born in Russia and studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire and in Vienna. She began her career as Queen of the Night ("Die Zauberflöte") in 2005/2006 as an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera. She has also sung the role in Berlin, Leipzig, Stuttgart and in Aix-en-Provence. She has since enjoyed a busy European career. She made her role debut as Mimì ("La Bohème") in Malmö and also sang the title role in "Luisa Miller". She sang Violetta ("La Traviata") in Düsseldorf and in Cologne she sang Tatjana ("Eugene Onegin"), Natascha ("War and Peace"), Anna Bolena, as well as Konstanze ("Entführung aus dem Serail"), Vitellia ("Clemenza di Tito") and Lucia di Lammermoor. She sang Gilda ("Rigoletto") and Valentine ("Les Huguenots") in Zurich and Berlin, while recent roles in Frankfurt include Rusalka and Mimì. She is winner of the Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Competition and the International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch. After gracing the stage as Violetta at the 2015 International May Festival, she returned to Wiesbaden in the 2017/18 season as Adina ("L'elisir d'amore") and Desdemona ("Otello"). This season, she can be heard as Tatjana ("Eugene Onegin"), as well as Vitellia in the new production of Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito".