Lubov Karetnikova was born in the United States having Russian and Ukrainian ethnicity. She spent her early years in Switzerland before moving with her family to Latvia. Stage opened to her at the age of 3 y.o. starting with ballet. From the age of 6 she attended youth acting school when her first music teacher Svetlana Sarvuta has discovered her talent in singing. Even though she has won first prizes in many international competitions in Latvia, Russia and Germany, all her youth singing was only a hobby. Besides singing, many years she attended dance and drawing studios and has finished renowned J.Mediņš music school as a Pianist. Later her passion for music and particularly for singing became her main interest.
In 2012 Lubov entered the Bachelor program of vocal performance and pedagogy in Latvian Music Academy (JVLMTA), where she has studied in B. Egle and K. Norvelis class, parallel taking classes with such singers as Inga Kalna, Liene Kinča, Axel Everaert , Dita Kalniņa among others.
Year 2017 she has entered the Master program in Vocal performance in a renowned professor’s Irena Milkeviciute’s class at Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy.
Starting the 2019 Lubov has started her Lied and Oratorio Master Study in Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria in legendary Barbara Bonney and Wolfgang Holzmair classes.
Season 2017/2018 Lubov has appeared as Pamina in W.A. Mozarts Opera “Die Zauberflote” at Trentino Festival in MAI Summer program production in Italy.
Her operatic debut was Gilda in G. Verdi’s “Rigoletto” in Theater-Hof, Germany season 2018/2019. Same season she appered as Nanetta in G.Verdi’s opera “Falstaff” at Lithuanian National Philharmony, Barbarina in W. A. Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Maria in “West Side Story” L. Berstein’s musical at LMTA.
Other notable engagements include W.A. Mozart “Requiem” solo in Riga Dome Cathedral, featuring famous Riga Cathedral Boys Choir; “110 years of N.Rimsky-Korsakov” solo-recital organized by Hermann Braun Foundation; “Concert-lectures” at Latvian National Library; “Weinberg 100” festival in Salzburg, Austria and others.
The audience, critics and her teachers highlight her intelligence, remarkable stage presence and dramatic talent together with her silvery, warm timbre. Being an international person, Lubov speaks several languages, which include Russian, Latvian, English, French, German and a bit of Italian.
She believes the real artist’s purpose is to help the audience connect to their own highest potential, and she dreams to always achieve this in her art!