Born in Ufa, in the province of Bashkiria, Russia, Elvira Fatykhova began her singing studies at the Ufa College of Arts in 1988, continuing from 1992 at the Ufa Institute of Arts. In 1995 she was awarded a special prize at the Glinka Singing Competition, in 1996 the Grand Prix at the Almuhametov Singing Competition in Ufa and in 2002 was a finalist in the Competizione dell'Opera international singing contest of Italian opera in Dresden. In 1997 Elvira became a principal singer at the Bashkirian State Opera House. In 1999 she joined the Ankara State Opera and Ballet Company in Turkey, where she was a principal singer in the ensemble until 2007 and where she remains a guest principal. She is also a principal guest artist at the Croatia State Opera.
She made her Australian debut in 2002 when invited by Swedish conductor Ola Rudner to perform Violetta in La Traviata in concertwith the Tasmanian SymphonyOrchestra. In 2003 she returned to sing in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s annual Opera Gala and in 2004 made her debut with Opera Australia in the title role in Massenet’s Manon in the Sydney Winter season.
After her resounding success in the title role of Manon for Opera Australia, Elvira returned to Europe to sing her first Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor in Croatia. In 2005 she sang Violetta in La Traviata for both NBR New Zealand Opera in Auckland and Wellington and for West Australian Opera in Perth. Later that year she gave outstanding performances in New Year’s Eve concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2006 she sang the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for Opera Queensland, in Opera Australia’s New Year’s Eve Gala and her performances in Europe included a tour to Porto and Lisbon as Gilda in Rigoletto. She then returned to Opera Australia to sing Violetta, to NBR New Zealand Opera for the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, to West Australian Opera for Gilda in Rigoletto and to Croatia for further performances of Lucia di Lammermoor. 2008 saw Elvira return to Opera Queensland to sing Rosina in the new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
As a lyric coloratura Elvira Fatykhova’s roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Gilda (Rigoletto), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Norina (Don Pasquale), Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, Constanze (Die Entführungaus dem Serail), the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Susanna (Le Nozze Di Figaro), Adina (L’elisir d’Amore), Marie (Fille du Regiment), and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni).
Her concert activity includes a number of performances with the Presidential Symphony of the Republic of Turkey, and she has appeared in many centres in Turkey including Ankara, Mersin, Bursa, Izmir, Fethiye and Istanbul as well as concerts in Italy, most recently with the Haydn Orchestra in Bolzano and Croatia.
In 2010 for Opera Australia, Elvira sang Violetta in the Sydney Summer season and in 2011 returns to Australia to perform the role in Melbourne. In recent seasons Elvira’s engagements included the role of Rosina for Salzburg Opera, Violetta in La Traviata for Opera Queensland, Opera Australia’s New Years Eve Gala concert, Adina for Macedonian Opera and Ballet and Elvira in Bellini's I Puritani in Germany. Next year she will return to Opera Australia to sing Countess (The Marriage of Figaro) in the Sydney Summer season.