Born in Russia Ekaterina Sadovnikova obtained a degree in History at the University of Armavir whilst studying singing. She went on to complete her musical education at the Rimski-Korsakov Conservatory in St Petersburg and attended the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden. She was a prize-winner in both the Elena Obraztsova International Competition and the International Opera Singing Competition in St Petersburg, leading to her opera debut as Adina L’Elisir D’amore at the Mikhailovsky Theater which she went on to repeat at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Her debut out of Russia was as Violetta La Traviata at L’Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, which lead to an international career. Subsequently she has appeared with many principal theatres including the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio Torino, LA Opera, Canadian Opera Company, singing such roles as Lucia Lucia di Lammermoor, Violetta La Traviata, Gilda Rigoletto, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Ilia Idomeneo Re di Creta, Giuletta I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Lauretta Gianni Schicchi, Nannetta Falstaff, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Leila Les Pêcheurs de Perles and Sophie Werther. The CD of Adelaide di Borgogna in which she sang the title role of Adelaide was released in 2017.