Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya was a Jette Parker Young Artist for The Royal Opera 2005–7, singing Third Norn (Götterdämmerung), Rachel (La Juive, in concert at the Barbican) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for The Royal Opera. She has since returned to The Royal Opera almost every Season, singing Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Elizabeth of Valois (Don Carlo), Donna Anna, Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra), Marfa (The Tsar’s Bride), Violetta (La traviata), Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims), Desdemona (Otello) and Alice (Robert le diable).
Poplavskaya was born in Moscow. As a child she was a member of the children’s chorus at the Bolshoi. She studied singing with Professor P. Tarassov and returned to the Bolshoi for the first years of her adult singing career. She won First Prize in the Maria Callas Grand Prix (2005). Since December 2007 she has appeared regularly at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, roles including Natasha (War and Peace), Elizabeth of Valois, Violetta, (La traviata), Liù (Turandot) and Marguerite (Faust). Other notable roles include Leonora (Il trovatore) in Zürich, Desdemona at the Salzburg Festival, Lucrezia (I due Foscari) in Los Angeles and Gutrune (Götterdämmerung) for Berlin State Opera under Barenboim.
Poplavskaya’s concert appearances have included Verdi’s Requiem under Barenboim and Bychkov and Britten’s War Requiem under Bychkov.
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21 October 2013
Russian soprano will sing the role of Hélène, as originally scheduled.
13 November 2012
Russian soprano returns to sing the role of Alice.
Marina Poplavskaya in Robert le diable, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2012
Marina Poplavskaya as Desdemona in Otello. © ROH/Catherine Ashmore
John Reylea as Bertram and Marina Poplavskaya as Alice in Robert le diable © ROH / Bill Cooper 2012
Marina Poplavskaya as Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra © Johan Persson/ROH 2010
Marina Poplavskaya as Amelia Grimaldi and Joseph Calleja as Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra © Johan Persson/ROH 2010
Marina Poplavskaya as Alice in Robert le diable © ROH / Bill Cooper 2012
The Royal Opera in Robert le diable © ROH / Bill Cooper 2012
Jean-Francois Borras as Raimbaut and The Royal Opera Chorus in Robert le diable © ROH / Bill Cooper 2012
Marina Poplavskaya as Elisabetta di Valois and Rolando Villazon as Don Carlo in Don Carlo © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2008
La traviata © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2011