Russian soprano Lyubov Petrova trained at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and on the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Programme. She has since performed regularly on the world’s most esteemed stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Washington National Opera; the Glyndebourne Festival; the Teatro Real, Madrid; Los Angeles Opera; Paris Opera; Pittsburgh Opera; Houston Grand Opera; the Teatro Massimo, Palermo; the Palau de les Arts, Valencia; Glimmerglass Opera; Dallas Opera; Austin Lyric Opera; Central City Opera; De Nederlandse Opera; and the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires.
Past roles include Juliette Roméo et Juliette, the title role of Massenet’s Manon, Gilda Rigoletto, Elvira I puritani, Violetta La traviata and Cleopatra Giulio Cesare, for which she received outstanding reviews:
“She is nothing short of sensational… As Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, she sings incredibly, acts equally superbly and makes a stunning presence whether flirting, making love or lamenting a tragedy. In her debut with the company, Petrova mesmerizes audiences so much they are tempted to give her standing ovations in the middle of this performance of Handel's work.”
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Recent highlights include the title role of Roméo et Juliette (Dallas Opera, debut at De Nederlandse Opera); Adele Die Fledermaus and Louisa Betrothal in a Monastery for the Glyndebourne Festival (both available commercially, the former as a DVD and the latter as a CD); Pamina Die Zauberflöte (Teatro Colón Buenos Aires); the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor (Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Washington National Opera, Austin Lyric Opera); Virtù/Pallade L’incoronazione di Poppea (Teatro Real Madrid); Valencienne Die lustige Witwe (Teatro Colón Buenos Aires); Sophie Der Rosenkavalier (debut at the Bolshoi Opera); and Aristea L’Olimpiade (Pergolesi Festival in Jesi, Italy).
Highlights of the 2012-13 season include Gilda Rigoletto at Pittsburgh Opera and Brahms’ Requiem with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as returns to the Metropolitan Opera, New York for their productions of Giulio Cesare and Le nozze di Figaro. Lyubov Petrova is represented by Intermusica.November 2012 / 324 words. Not to be altered without permission. Please destroy all previous biographical material.
Gilda in Verdi Rigoletto
Pittsburgh Opera / dir. Linda Brovsky / cond. Antony Walker
“Ms. Petrova was made for this role, portraying innocence and optimism with buoyant phrasing and puppy-dog eyes”.
Andrew Druckenbrod, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 2012
“Lyubov Petrova offered a keenly drawn account of the teenage girl. She has a beautiful and agile voice”.
Mark Kanny, Tribune-Review (AP), October 2012
Sophie in Strauss Der Rosenkavalier
Bolshoi Theatre / cond. Vassily Sinaisky / dir. Stephen Lawless
“pure-toned [and] confident... a singer who has risen to stardom on major opera stages of Europe and the Americas.”
Raymond Stults, The Moscow Times, July 2012
Lucia in Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor
Opera Lyra Ottawa / cond. Tyrone Paterson / dir. Henry Akina
"Lyubov Petrova's Lucia was the star to which the rest of the wagon was hitched. She sang beautifully all evening and, when the libretto allows it, she acted convincingly. Her mad scene was beyond praise."
Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen, March 2011
“…combining a beautiful, unusually agile voice with an equally strong sense of acting and theatricality.”
Steven Mazey, Ottawa Citizen, March 2011
Juliette in Gounod Roméo et Juliette
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
“Russian soprano Lyubov Petrova plays the part of Juliet, effortlessly owning the impressive slides and pushes of Gounod’s score.”
Luis Noble, www.myssnews.com, February 2011
“Lyubov Petrova, as Juliet, was convincing. To say she was a magnificent soprano would have been an understatement. Her vocal control was outstanding. Her upper range was clear, distinct and resonant. Her performance seemed effortless. She was also a consummate actress. She melded her vocal prowess with her acting ability so that the two became one. Yes, she was singing, but it didn't come across as such, it came across as acting. Her youthful energy and even her sometimes awkward movements convinced me she was a teen madly in love.”
Mark-Brian Sonna, John Garcia's The Column, February 2011
Gilda in Verdi Rigoletto
Washington National Opera
"Soprano Lyubov Petrova's light, delicate coloratura voice was a perfect choice for the role of the teenage Gilda, Rigoletto's charming daughter whose naivete and selflessness prove to be her undoing. Her marvelously nuanced first act aria, "Caro nome che il mio cor" ("Dear name, engraved on my heart"), was girlishly effective, and her ensemble work with Mr. Alvarez was superb."
"Her marvellously nuanced first act aria, 'Caro nome che il mio cor' ('Dear name, engraved on my heart'), was girlishly effective, and her ensemble work with Mr. Alvarez was superb."
T.L Ponick, Washington Times, March 2008