Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya was a Jette Parker Young Artist for The Royal Opera 2005–7, singing roles including 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 roles including 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). In the 2014/15 Season she returns to sing Alice Ford (Falstaff).
Poplavskaya was born in Moscow and as a child sang with the children’s chorus at the Bolshoi. She studied singing with P. Tarassov and began her career at the Bolshoi. Early awards include first prize at the 2005 Maria Callas Grand Prix. She sings regularly for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, her roles with the company including Natasha (War and Peace), Elizabeth of Valois, Violetta, (La traviata), Liù (Turandot) and Marguerite (Faust). Other engagements 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 Daniel Barenboim.
Poplavskaya’s concert appearances include Verdi’s Requiem under Barenboim and Samyon Bychkov and Britten’s War Requiem under Bychkov.
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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