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Olga Borodina

  • Mezzo-Soprano


Olga Borodina made her highly acclaimed American debut in 1995 at the San Francisco Opera in La Cenerentola, returning there in 1996 for her first Carmen, The Tzar’s Bride in 2000, Samson and Delilah in 2001, L’italiana in Algeri in September 2005, and Samson and Delilah again in 2006. Ms. Borodina made her long awaited Metropolitan Opera debut in Boris Godunov in 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 AidaCarmenSamson and Delilah, and L’italiana in AlgeriGiocconda, Eboli in Don Carlo and the Principessa in Adriana Lecouvreur together with Plácido Domingo, and as Margerite in Robert Lepage’s production of La 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 2012).

Her concert appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under James Levine at Carnegie Hall have included Sheherezade, La mort de Cleopatre, and Verdi’s Requiem. Other concert engagements have included Songs and Dances of Death, Romeo and Juliette, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Pulcinella, Ivan the Terrible and Alexander Nevsky. Miss Borodina also performed La mort de Cleopatre and with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and James Levine at Carnegie Hall and recorded the work live at the Vienna Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic and Gergiev for Decca.

In recital, Olga Borodina has appeared in 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 (Concertgebouw). Ms. Borodina made her Carnegie Hall Recital debut with James Levine. This season will see Ms Borodina as Amneris in Aida at both the Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, a performance that will be broadcast live in HD and featured in a televised gala from Avery Fisher Hall in New York. This season also includes concert performances in Berlin, Toulouse, Paris, Vienna, St Petersburg and Moscow, and her anticipated return as Delilah at Rome Opera.

Olga Borodina’s releases on the Philips Classics label include 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 recently, 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, all under the Philips Classics label, are 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, Aida with Harnoncourt and the Vienna Pilharmonic, and Berlioz’s La Mort de Cleopatre from live concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic and Gergiev for Decca.

Olga Borodina was named “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.