Selma Pasternak was born in Brescia from a Russian family of artistic inheritance; now she lives in Udine.
She successfully portrayed the role of solo soprano in many Italian theatres and lyric foundations achieving resounding approval from both the public and the critics. Her professional path begun at the “J. Tomadini” conservatoire in Udine where she started taking singing lessons; with the guidance of basso Alfredo Mariotti she then brilliantly graduated at the Conservatoire in Palermo.
She debuted at the Donizetti theatre playing his arias on July the 12th 1998.In the following years she performed in the district of Udine on the centenary of Verdi’s death in plays like the “Rigoletto”, the “Traviata” and the “Falstaff” all staged by Alfredo Mariotti and directed by master Fabiana Noro; she also sang in Austria in the “Requiem”, opera devised by Mariotti as well.
In September 2002 she performed at Cesena’s Bonci Theatre in honor of Ms. Tebaldi.
In 2002 she moved to Milan and in 2003 she travelled across Lombardia portraying Musetta in Puccini’s “Bohème” under the direction of M. Alfredo Mariotti.
At fall of the same year she got the role of Adina in “Love Elixir” by G. Donizetti and the following march she debuted as “Nabucco”’s Anna, opera written by Verdi and staged in Lonigo’s homonymous theatre (VI) under the direction of m. Baldin.
In June of the same year she sang in the lyric concert at the Sabbioneta’s theatre (MN) after concluding her master class; in this occasion she was leaded by Mrs. Katia Ricciarelli and after the latter’s invitation on September the 22nd 2004 she sang live on RAI2’s format “I Fatti Vostri”.
Later she played the “Requiem” by Dvorak at the Grado’s Basilica (GO), directed by m. David Giovanni Leonardi. In October she flew to London to sing at the concert organized by “Sferisterio Macerata Opera” to promote the district’s territory.
After being considered for the G.Lauri-Volpi award the same month she was signed by Teddy Reno and Rita Pavone to sing opera in cruise ships’ theaters. In march 2005 she debuted as Clorinda in Rossini’s “Cenerentola”, staged by Massimo Gasparon and directed by m. M. Beltrami; on April 19th the opera then aired on Rai3 during “Prima della prima”.
At the same time she interpreted Fraskita in Bizet’s Carmen directed by m. C. Palleschi at Lecce’s Politeama Greco Theatre. In June 2005 she sang in Monaco with Mrs. Katia Ricciarelli for the beginning of “Sferisterio di Macerata” summer season; on this occasion she was guided by m. Enrico Reggioli. In the Italian north-eastern lyric scenario she afterwards performed in Bizet’s “Carmen” again, this time in the role if Micaela and directed by m. Fabiana Noro.
During July and August 2005 she sang “La Voce Del Cielo” written by Don Carlo and directed by m. Gustav Kuhn at the Sferisterio di Macerata’s arena; she also took part in the representation of Mozart’s “Requiem KV626” in the Abbey of Fiastra (MC) lead by David Crescenzi and accompanied by The Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana.
In October the same year she sang in a concert organized by Regione Marche finalized to promote Italian territory in Amsterdam. In February 2006 she played Zerlina in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” directed by m. Oliver Von Donany at Politeama Greco Theatre in Lecce.