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Olga Borodina

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Olga Borodina is among the leading Russian operatic mezzo-sopranos. A superstar from the Kirov (Mariinsky) Opera, she actually is also in solid demand internationally. Her initial main placement was as an associate from the Kirov Firm in Leningrad, which contracted her as an ensemble soloist in 1987. (Because the town came back to its pre-Revolutionary name of St. Petersburg, the opera movie theater also re-took its previously name of Mariinsky, but continues to be well-known beneath the long-standing Kirov name.) She proved helpful her method through small mezzo-soprano parts until music movie director Valery Gergiev unexpectedly designated her to the best function of Marfa in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina. The fantastic acclaim she received on her behalf performance set up her as a respected singer with the business and drew worldwide attention. She got into the Rosa Ponselle International Competition. She gained the silver medal there, a success that released her international profession. This was accompanied by earning another main prize in the 1989 Barcelona Competition, confirming her developing international position. Her repertory is normally naturally strong within the main Russian mezzo-soprano assignments. Included in these are Pauline within the Queen of Spades, Marina in Boris Godunov, and leading parts in Prokofiev’s Battle and Tranquility, Prince Igor by her namesake Borodin, and Dargomïzhsky’s The Rock Guest. But she’s also sung Dalila in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, Carmen in Bizet’s opera, Marguerite in Berlioz’ Le Damnation de Faust, and in addition in Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette and Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil. She’s sung in Salzburg, Covent Backyard in London, SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Paris Opera, as well as other main locations in Rome, Milan, Japan, Spain, and the uk. Her various other engagements included a Metropolitan Opera debut and an initial appearance on the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her recordings consist of Prince Igor, Khovanshchina, Battle and Peace, as well as the Queen of Spades. As she actually is also a highly-regarded recital musician, she’s also released discs music and Lieder, including an all-Tchaikovsky melody recital.

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Full Name Olga Borodina
Date Of Birth July 29, 1963
Profession Opera Singer
Nationality Russian
Awards State Prize of the Russian Federation
Music Songs Balakirev: Selim's Song, Vespers, op. 37: 2. "Blagoslovi dushe moya", "Velichit dusha moya Gospoda", Op. 93, Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op.47, R. 288 / Act 2 - "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix", «Nebo i zemlya», «Velichit dusha moya Gospoda», Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots / Act 1 - "Nobles seigneurs salut" - "Une dame noble et sage", Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - Duetto: "Dunque io son... tu non m'inganni?", Verdi: La forza del destino / Act 3 - "Rataplan!", «Rozhdestvo Christovo angel priletel», Verdi: La forza del destino / Act 2 - "Al suon del tamburo", Berlioz: Cléopâtre - Scène lyrique - 1. "C'en est donc fait", Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame , Op.68, TH.10 / Act 2 - "Moi milenki druzhok", Tchaikovsky: Lullaby, Op.16, TH 95, No.1, Il barbiere di Siviglia , Act 1: "Una voce poco fa", Xerxes, HWV 40, Act 1: "Frondi tenere e belle" - "Ombra mai fù", de Falla: 7 Canciones populares españolas - 1. El paño moruno, Don Carlo, Act 2: "Nei giardin del bello", Ponchielli: La Gioconda / Act 1 - "Voce di donna o d'angelo", Rossini: La Cenerentola / Act 2 - "Nacqui all'affanno e al pianto", Rimsky-Korsakov: 'Twas Not the Wind, Op.43, No.2, Cui: A Statue in Tsarskoye Selo, Op.57, No.17, «Deva dnes'», Borodin: Prince Igor / Act 1 - Cavatina: "Merknet svet dnevnoj", «Rozhdestvo Khristovo ves' mir prazdnuet», Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op.47, R. 288 / Act 2 - "Samson, recherchant ma présence", Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride / Act 2 - Scene 5 "Vot do chego ya dozhila", Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix, None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, No. 6, Verdi: La forza del destino - Original St.Petersburg version - Act 3 - "Venite all'indovina", Borodin: Prince Igor - Mariinsky Theatre Edition - Act 1 - No.5 Scena and Chorus: "Podrugi devicy", 2. "Blagoslovi dushe moya"
Albums Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, La Mort de Cléopâtre, Verdi: La Forza Del Destino, Rachmaninov: Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Op.37, Russian Christmas, Christmas Eve / Night on Mount Triglav / The Tsar's Bride / On the Tomb / Greetings (Moscow Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Igor Golovschin), Olga Borodina / Portrait, Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection", Songs Of Desire, Roméo & Juliette, Arias, None But The Lonely Heart: Tchaikovsky Romances, "Bolero" - A Spanish Songbook, Arias & Duets, Requiem (Kirov Orchestra and Chorus feat. conductor: Valery Gergiev), Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette; 5 Overtures, Romances (mezzo-soprano: Olga Borodina, piano: Larissa Gergieva)
Movies Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame, Gala Concert: 300 Years of St. Petersburg, Teatro alla Scala: Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2012 TV Series Amneris
Adriana Lecouvreur 2011 Princess de Bouillon
Samson and Delilah 2008 Delilah
Samson et Dalila 2002 TV Movie Dalila
Pique Dame 2002 TV Movie Polina
Adriana Lecouvreur 2000 TV Movie Principessa di Bouillon
The Queen of Spades 1999 TV Movie Pauline / Daphnis
Prince Igor 1993 TV Movie Konchakovna
War and Peace 1991 TV Movie Countess Hélene Bezukhova
Boris Godunov 1990 TV Movie Marina

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
BBC Proms 2016 TV Series Herself - Mezzo Soprano
Live from Lincoln Center 2012 TV Series Herself - Musical guest
St Petersburg 300th Anniversary Gala 2003 TV Special Soloist

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