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Marina Poplavskaya

Soprano

Biography

Marina Poplavskaya in action.
Marina Poplavskaya in Robert le diable, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2012

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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News and features

Marina Poplavskaya to perform in Les Vêpres siciliennes on Monday 21 October

Marina Poplavskaya to perform in Les Vêpres siciliennes on Monday 21 October

21 October 2013

Russian soprano will sing the role of Hélène, as originally scheduled.

Cast Change Amendment: Marina Poplavskaya to perform in Robert le diable

Cast Change Amendment: Marina Poplavskaya to perform in Robert le diable

13 November 2012

Russian soprano returns to sing the role of Alice.

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