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Manulkina Olga

Associate Professor, Department of Theory and Methodology for Teaching Arts and Humanities, a Head of Music Criticism MA Program, Ph.D. in Art History (kandidat nauk)

Olga Manulkina is an Associate Professor at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, where she teaches courses on American music, Contemporary music theatre and Baroque opera as well as History of Western music. In 2014 she has also joined faculty of MARCA program at the European University in Saint Petersburg. Olga Manulkina is the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed quarterly journal Opera Musicologica. In 2002 Olga Manulkina was a Fulbright scholar at the Graduate Centre of the CUNY. She is a member of the Saint Petersburg Composers’ Union (from 1999 to 2014 – a member of the board), of Pro Arte Foundation board of experts. She was a member of the jury of Russian National Theatre Prize «Golden Mask» (2007, 2010 and 2012), an organizer of a number of festivals and conferences and a curator of «American season in Saint Petersburg» (2008). Olga Manulkina was a music critic of the Russian federal newspaper Kommersant and Afisha magazine. She is the author of the book From Ives to Adams: American Music of the Twentieth Century (2010), numerous articles on Russian and American music, a number of translations, including Shostakovich: A Life Remembered by E. Wilson (2006), and over 500 reviews and articles published in newspapers and magazines. She has compiled and edited with Pavel Gershenzon a book A Century of Le Sacre – a Century of Modernism (Bolshoi theatre, 2013) and New Russian Music Criticism. 1993-2003 (1st volume, Opera, Moscow, 2015). Manulkina presented papers at the conferences at the universities of Princeton, Pittsburg, Dublin, Leuven (Belgium), Durham (UK) and at the Bard College (USA), at the Conservatories and Music Academies of Moscow, Kiev, Minsk, Vilnus and Rome.


  • New Russian Music Criticism. 1993-2003. In 3 volumes. V.1: Opera. Moscow: New Literary Observer, 2015.
  • From Ives to Adams: American music of the XXth century. St.Petersburg: Ivan Limbakh Publishing House, 2010, P.784.
  • XXth century American composers. St.Petersburg, 2007.
  • A Century of Le Sacre — a Century of Modernism. Moscow, Bolshoi theatre, 2013. (with P.Gershenzon).
  • Mikhail Druskin’s Collected Works. 4th volume: «Igor Stravinsky» (St.Petersburg: Kompozitor, 2009). (with L.Kovnatskaya, L.Ader and N.Braginskaya).


  • "Leonard Bernstein’s 1959 Triumph in the Soviet Union". In: Reassessing Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps, 1913/2013. Ed. by S.Neff, Gr.Horlacher, and M.Carr. Indiana University Press, 2014.
  • "Stravinsky. Crossroads". In: Shostakovich in Leningrad Conservatory: 1919-1930. 3 volumes. Ed. by L.Kovnatskaya. Vol.3. St.Petersburg: Kompozitor, 2013.
  • "Leonard Bernstein’s Russian Revolution". In: S.Diaghilev i sovremennaya kultura. Perm’: Knizny mir, 2013.
  • "Le Sacre as an idee fixe", Vek Vesny Svjashchennoi — vek modernisma. Ed. by P.Gershenzon and O.Manulkina. Moscow: Bolshoi theatre, 2013.
  • "John Cage and history of American music". In: Nauchny vestnik Moskovskoi konservatorii, 2013, №2.
  • "Opera in the High-tech Age: Steve Reich’s Documentary Video Theatre". In: Kritika. Muzykoznanije. Sovremennyje aspekty. Ed. by L.Danko. St.Petersburg, 2012.
  • "American Music in the Sovier Criticism in the 1920s and 1930s". In: Opera musicologica, 2012, №3.
  • "Columbus of the Soviet Musicology". In: Tchelovechesky golos: a book of articles in memory of Valentina Konen. Moscow, 2011.
  • "A composition for a rhythmicon and four modernists". In: Opera musicologica 2011, №3-4.
  • "Mikhail Druskin — Nicolas Slonimsky: three letters, Pamjati Mikhaila Druskina". Ed. by L.Kovnatskaya. St.Petersburg, 2009.
  • "The most relevant art? Operas by John Adams". In: Kritika. Publitsistika. Stranitsy istorii. St.Petersburg, 2006.
  • "Stravinsky in the New World: the 1920s". In: Stravinsky v kontexte vremeni i mesta. Ed. by S.Savenko. Moscow Conservatory, 2006.
  • "‘Ballo Russo’ at Ballets Russes". In: Russko-Italjanskije muzykalnyje svijasi. St.Petersburg Conservatory, 2004.
  • "Geister aus Versailles. Musik aus der Epoche Ludwigs XIV", Cajkovskijs Dornroschen, aus dem Russischen von L.Braun. In: Mitteilungen der Tschaikowsky-Gesellschaft 13, 2006.
  • "Chapters on Peter Adriaansz, Cornelis de Bondt, Tristan Keuris, Ton de Leeuw". In: Pro Dutch Music. Ed. by I.Leskovskaya St.Petersburg: Pro Arte, 2003.
  • "The Rite of Beauty: an introduction to the music of Leonid Desyatnikov". Tempo, April, 2002, №220.
  • "A Theatre starts from a (Tsar) box". Vlast’ 2000, №.22.
  • "Bayreuth festival on the eve of the Third millennium". AudioMagazin, 1998, №6.
  • "On St Petersburg Nocturne 10 years later". Musikalnaya Academija, 1997, №.1.
  • "Charming plots and entertaining intermedii". Mariinsky teatr. Okno v Evropu, 1995, №12.
  • "Composer and Folk Music: a Fantasy on English themes". A Music of the North. Petrozavodsk, 1994.
  • "The Constancy of the Gaiety and the Filth" L.Desyatnikov’s song cycle on the poems by D.Kharms and N.Oleinikov, Ars. St.Petersburg, 1992.

Dictionary entries

  • Entries on L.Desyatnikov, A.Pakhmutova, A.Petrov, A.Popov, T.Sergeeva, L.Kovnatskaya, contributed to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition. Ed. by S.Sadie. London: Macmillan Reference, 2000.
  • Entries on F.Ali-Zadeh, T.Chudova, E.Eksanihvili, I.Elcheva, S.Gubaydulina, Z.Levina, L.Lyadova, Zh.Metallidi, A.Pakhmutova, T.Sergeeva, N.Svanidze, T.Voronina, G.Zhubanova contributed to the New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers. Ed. by J.A.Sadie, R.Samuel. London: Macmillan; New York, N.Y.: W.W.Norton, 1994.

Reviews and articles in newspapers and magazines

  • Over 500 reviews and articles published in the federal newspaper Kommersant and Afisha magazine.
  • "Doctor Atomic by John Adams in Finnish National Opera". Mariinsky teatr. Okno v Evropu, 2012, №1-2.
  • "XXth century in Metropolitan". Peterburgsky teatralny zurnal, 2003, №1.
  • "Valhalla full-scale: The Ring of the NIbeling in Finnish National Opera". Peterburgsky teatralny zurnal, 2001, №4.
  • "What do We Know about Dminty Shostakovich?". Kommersant, 1996, September, 28.


  • "Russian-British musical connections". Ed. by L.Kovnatskaya. St Petersburg, 2009.
  • Wilson E.Shostakovich: A Life Remembered. St Petersburg: Kompozitor, 2006.
  • Articles by R.Taruskin, L.Fay, D.Fanning. In: Shostakovich: Between Momentary and Eternal. Documents. Materials. Essays. Ed. by L.Kovnatskaya. St.Petersburg: Kompozitor, 2000.
  • Articles by R.Bartlet, D.Fanning, L.Fay, E.Rosberry. In: Dmitry Shostakovich. A Collection of Articles Dedicated to his 90th Birthday. Ed. by L.Kovnatskaya. St.Petersburg: Kompozitor, 1996. 


  • George Gershwin, St.Petrsburg, 2010.
  • Chapters on Aaron Copland, John Adams and Operas by R.Ashley, J.Harbison, A.Davis, S.Reich and Tan Dun. In: XXth Century US Music Culture. Moscow, 2007.
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