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Marina Prudenskaya



Marina Prudenskaya in action.
Marina Prudenskaya as Azucena in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Russian mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya made her Royal Opera debut in 2016 as Azucena (Il trovatore).

Prudenskaya studied child psychology at St Petersburg State University and singing at the St Petersburg Conservatory. She began her career at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre and went on to become a member of the ensembles of Nuremberg State Theatre and Deutsche Oper Berlin. She was a member of Stuttgart State Opera 2007–13, singing roles including Bradamante (Alcina), Clitemnestre (Iphigénie en Aulide), Adalgisa (Norma), Fenena (Nabucco), Federica (Luisa Miller), Amneris (Aida), Carmen, Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier). In the 2013/14 season she joined Berlin State Opera, where her roles have included Azucena, Eboli (Don Carlos), Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Venus (Tannhäuser), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride), Marie (Wozzeck), Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress).

Prudenskaya’s engagements elsewhere include Erda (Der Ring des Nibelungen) for Dutch National Opera, Ulrica for the Mariinsky Theatre, Waltraute and Second Norn (Götterdämmerung) and Lyubasha for La Scala, Milan, Azucena for Vienna Festival, Flosshilde (Der Ring des Nibelungen) for Bayreuth Festival and Amneris in Beijing. She appears throughout Europe in concert, in repertory ranging from Vivaldi’s Gloria to Shostakovich’s From Jewish Folk Poetry. She has recorded Verdi’s Requiem under Mariss Jansons.