Fotina Naumenko, a UC alumna (MM, 2012) and a musical arts doctoral candidate in CCM's voice studies program, will spend the 2014-15 academic year in St. Petersburg, Russia, as part of her Fulbright Fellowship.
A soprano of Russian descent, Naumenko has long dreamed of reconnecting with her heritage while pursuing her passion for Russian art song and opera.
She will spend her time in St. Petersburg developing a program to aid American singers in learning how to sing in Russian.
"I chose St. Petersburg because it is truly a gem of Russian culture, and historically the arts have been so vibrant there," she explains.
"The Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory is the perfect place for me to explore the richness of Russian vocal repertoire, but in addition to the conservatory I will be able to frequent all of the beautiful concert halls, musical venues and numerous museums of the city. I'm almost afraid a year won't be enough time for me to take it all in," she adds.