Olga Borodina (Mezzo soprano)
Grammy-award winning mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina is a star of the Mariinsky
Theatre, regularly appearing with the major opera houses and orchestras around
the world. Winner of the Rosa Ponselle and Barcelona competitions, Olga Borodina
made her highly acclaimed European debut at London’s Royal Opera House Covent
Garden in 1992, sharing the stage with Plácido Domingo in Samson and Delilah –
performances that have launched her international solo career as one of the most
sought after Mezzo’s in her repertoire.
Olga Borodina returned to Covent Garden in La Cenerentola, as Marguérite in
La damnation de Faust with Sir Colin Davis, as Marina in Boris Godunov, Marfa in
Khovanchina, Amneris in Aida and most recently as Pincipesse de Bouillon in
McVickers celebrated new production of Adriana Lecouvreur alongside Angela
Ghiorgiu and Jonas Kauffmann.
Ms Borodina made her American debut in 1995 at the San Francisco Opera in La
Cenerentola, returning in 1996 for Carmen, The Tzar’s Bride in 2000, Samson and
Delilah in 2001, L’italiana in Algeri in 2005, and Samson and Delilah again in
2006. Ms Borodina made her long awaited Metropolitan Opera debut in Boris
Godunov (1997) and returned to the Metropolitan Opera for the opening night of
the 1998/99 season in Samson and Delilah with Plácido Domingo and James Levine.
Subsequent engagements at the Metropolitan Opera have included Amneris in Aida,
Carmen, Samson and Delilah, Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri. Giocconda, Eboli
in Don Carlo and the Principessa in Adriana Lecouvreur together with Plácido
Domingo, and as Margerite in Robert Lepage’s production of Damnation de Faust.
The New York Times hailed Ms Borodina’s turn as Marfa in Khovanchina, saying “Ms
Borodina made the cavernous Met feel tiny” (New York Times, 28 February
Her concert appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under James
Levine at Carnegie Hall have included Scheherazade, Verdi’s Requiem and La mort
de Cleopatre, the latter of which was also recorded live at Vienna Musikverein
with the Vienna Philharmonic and Gergiev for Decca.
Ms Borodina has appeared
with the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors including performances at
the Opera Bastille with James Conlon, with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and
Mstislav Rostropovich in Amsterdam and the Royal Festival Hall London, and
multiple performances at the BBC Proms; with Bernard Haitink (1996), Sir Colin
Davis and the LSO (1997), Daniele Gatti and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(2002), Valery Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic (2003), and most recently
returning to perform at the opening night of the 2016 BBC Proms with the BBCSO
and Sakari Oramo.
In recital, Olga Borodina has performed in venues worldwide including London
(Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre), Milan (La Scala), Vienna (Konzerthaus), San
Francisco (Davies Symphony Hall), Rome (Accademia di Santa Cecilia), Geneva
(Grand Théatre), Hamburg (Staatsoper), Paris (Théatre des Champs Elysées),
Barcelona (Liceu), Madrid (National Concert Hall) and in Amsterdam
Ms Borodina’s 2014/15 highlights included performing Amneris in Aida at the
Metropolitan Opera, performances of Boris Godunov, Romeo & Juliette,
Khovanchina and Carmen at the Mariinsky Theatre with Valery Gergiev and
Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death with the Orchestre National de France and
Gianandrea Noseda. In 2014, Ms Borodina also completed a recording of
Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible for Sony Classical alongside the Deutsches
Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Tugan Sokhiev.
Highlights of the current season will see Ms Borodina in performance at; the
Baltic Sea Festival Stockholm with the Royal Swedish Opera and Lawrence Renes;
the Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid with Vasily Petrenko; and return to the
Mariinsky Theatre for performances of Prince Igor with Valery Gergiev.
Signed to the Philips Classics label for over 10 years Ms Borodina released
many recordings including Khovanchina, The Queen of Spades, War and Peace,
Prince Igor, Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin, La Forza del Destino, Don Carlos,
Rachmaninov's Vespers, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette, and
a double album “A Portrait of Olga Borodina” with a collection of songs and
arias. These recordings include performances with Valery Gergiev, Bernard
Haitink and Sir Colin Davis. Her solo recital recordings, under the Philips
Classics label include Tchaikovsky Songs of Desire, Bolero and an album of opera
arias with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and Carlo Rizzi. On the Erato
label she recorded Samson et Dalilah opposite Jose Cura with Sir Colin Davis.
Other releases have included Verdi’s Requiem with Gergiev and Aida with
Harnoncourt and the Vienna Pilharmonic and Berlioz’s La Mort de Cleopatre from
live concerts at the Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic and Gergiev for
Olga Borodina was awarded People´s Artist of Russia in 2002, and in 2007 was
the recipient of the State Prize - the highest allocate in Russia. Her recent
Verdi Requiem recording with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Muti won
two Grammys in 2011 for Best Classical Album and best choral performance. Ms
Borodina was one of the first Russian Artists to receive a Grammy.
|Olga Borodina - Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix (Samson et Dalila)|
About This Video
Mariinsky Theatre Gala Opening, 2 May 2013
Conductor: Valery Gergiev