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Fotina Naumenko (right) with Chance Eakin in CCM's 2012 Studio Series production of 'La Cenerentola.' Photo by Kent Meloy.

Fotina Naumenko (right) with Chance Eakin in CCM's 2012 Studio Series production of 'La Cenerentola.'

CCM DMA Candidate Fotina Naumenko Receives Fulbright Fellowship

CCM DMA candidate Fotina Naumenko.

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.

The conservatory's Glazunov Concert Hall.

The conservatory's Glazunov Concert Hall.

Founded in 1862, the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory remains one of the most important cultural institutions in the city of St. Petersburg. The conservatory's notable graduates include composers Sergei Prokfiev, Dmitri Shostakovich and Pyotr Tchaikovsky, to name but a few.

Naumenko's goal is to make Russian music more accessible for American singers, thereby increasing the performance of Russian music in the US and helping to build cultural connections between the two countries.

Praised by Music in Cincinnati for her commanding stage presence and "sweet" voice, Naumenko's vocal expertise ranges from early music to contemporary works and includes opera, art song and musical theatre, along with choral and chamber music.

Her favorite opera roles include Blondchen in Abduction from the Seraglio, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Despina in Cosi fan tutte and Euridice in L’Orfeo.

In addition to performing, Naumenko is committed to arts education and maintains a studio of voice students in the Cincinnati area. She received her bachelor in music from the Eastman School of Music in 2010.

Naumenko will begin working towards her DMA at CCM in the fall of 2015, after returning from Russia.

CCM students interested in applying for Fulbright grants or other similarly prestigious scholarships and awards can find resources and assistance for doing so in UC’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards.

Learn about the University of Cincinnati's other 2014-15 Fulbright awardees by visiting