Irina Sorokina

Born in Moscow, Russia, she studied piano since her childhood. She graduated in the direction of the choir, teaching of music theory and music education at the Professional School Musical “Gnessin” in her hometown and she started her working life by teaching music theory and music history at a music school. She has Always shown a particular interest in musical theater, especially for opera. She chose to study the disciplines of theatre show at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow where she graduated with honorable mention in 1990. She began her career as a journalist and essayist thirty years ago, when she was still a student, in 1984. As a historian and translator of opera books, she worked for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and New Opera, always in the Russian capital. At the center of her interests there has always been the Italian opera of the nineteenth century. In Moscow she worked as head master of the press for two prestigious companies, The New Opera and the Moscow Classical Ballet, taking care of the theater programs and advertising of the artists, but she also stood up as the TV and radio presentator. Since 1994 she lives in Italy where her activities over the years have multiplied again. From an invitation by the famous musicologist Carlo Marinelli, director dell’IRTEM Rome (Music Institute for Theatre Research Music) she wrote The Dictionary of the singers of the former Soviet Union, now available on the Internet. She also made hundreds of publications in Russian and Italian about the past and present of the theater music, articles of historical geography, reviews and interviews and is the author of two small recipes books, one of which is the connection between the music and the food. As a journalist she is a usual guest of the major European opera houses and festivals such as La Scala in Milan, the Arena di Verona, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the Verdi Festival in Parma, the Bergamo Music Festival, the Sferisterio Macerata, the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, the Bregenz Festival, the Festival d’Art Lyrique in Aix-en-Provence. In addition to the history of the opera, she is devoted to the ballet and she has created severals courses for all ages performed with success in many dance schools in Italy and during the summer school of the Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. She has always been fascinated by the activity of accompanying dance and singing and therefor, in Italy she works for RAD and the ISTD, playing for exams and internships. As a pianist she is particularly linked to the important dance school Ballet of Castelfranco Veneto (TV) directed by Susanna Plaino where she plays for lessons,exams and stages, teaches the history of ballet, music applied to dance and mime. Since 2008 she works for the Company of Pedagogy of Dance based in Essen, and she plays for lessons and courses in Bregenz (Austria) and Worpswede (Bremen, Germany). She recently recorded a CD of character dance, and it is about to be published by Gremese. She is also the sworn interpreter and technical consultant of the Court of Verona.