English mezzo-soprano Rosalind Plowright made her Royal Opera debut as a soprano in 1980 as Ortlinde (Die Walküre), returning to sing Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Maddalena (Andrea Chénier), Senta (Der fliegende Holländer), Leonora (Il trovatore), Desdemona (Otello) and the title roles in Medée, Aida and Ariadne auf Naxos. Her soprano repertory also included Norma, Elisabetta (Maria Stuarda), Alceste, Manon Lescaut, Suor Angelica, Tosca, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) and Elizabeth of Valois (Don Carlos). She made her Royal Opera mezzo-soprano debut in 2003 as Beggar Woman (Sweeney Todd) and has returned to sing Fricka (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Herodias (Salome) and the Countess de Coigny (Andrea Chénier).
Plowright studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and the London Opera Centre. She has performed at the world’s major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, San Francisco Opera, La Scala, Milan, Paris Opéra, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Vienna State Opera, with English National Opera, and at the Arena di Verona. Engagements in recent seasons have included Old Baroness (Vanessa) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Wexford Festival Opera, Mrs Sedley (Peter Grimes) at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, and the Theater an der Wien, Contessa di Coigny (Andrea Chénier) for Bavarian State Opera and Bregenz Festival, Kabanicha (Katya Kabanova) for Berlin State Opera, Mother (Osud) for Opera North, Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des Carmélites) for Dutch National Opera and in Stuttgart, Princess (Suor Angelica) for Seattle Opera, Klytämnestra (Elektra) for the Prague National Theatre and Teatro Real, Madrid and Countess (The Queen of Spades) for Opera Holland Park.
Plowright is also active as a teacher and was awarded an OBE for her services to music in 2007.
Rosalind Plowright as Countessa de Coigny
Rosalind Plowright as Contess Di Coigny and Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier
Rosalind Plowright in Salome, The Royal Opera
Rosalind Plowright as Contess Di Coigny, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Maddalena Di Coigny and Denyce Graves as Bersi in Andrea Chénier