An alumna of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Russian soprano Vlada Borovko became a member of the programme at the start of the 2015/16 season, immediately upon her graduation from the Kazan State Conservatory.
Shortly after her joining the program, she made an impressive debut as Violetta Valery on the main stage of Royal Opera House, when she was called at the last moment to step in for an ailing colleague. The event marked not only her debut in the role but also her stage debut in a leading role. Since then she has appeared in productions of Norma, L’elisir d’amore and Boris Godunov, as well as taking on the role of Aspasia in Royal Opera House’s acclaimed production of Mitridate, Re di Ponto.
In the 2017/18 season, Borovko makes her debut at Oper Köln as Violetta in new production of La traviata as well as returning to the Royal Opera House as a guest artist to debut the role of Musetta La bohème in Richard Jones' much anticipated new production.
Last season with the Royal Opera House, Borovko sang Clotilde Norma, Ermione Oreste, Mlle Jouvenot Adriana Lecouvreur, Giannetta L’elisir d’amore as well as covering Leonora Il Trovatore, and Violetta La traviata. Whilst covering Aspasia Mitridate, re di Ponto, Borovko was called to step in at the last moment for an ailing colleague for three performances. On the concert platform she performed Verdi’s Requiem at the Grange Festival as part of their inaugural season and was a finalist in Placido Domingo’s prestigious 2017 Operalia competition.
Other recent roles with the Royal Opera House included Frasquita Carmen, Xenia in a new production of Boris Godunov which was also presented at the BBC Proms, Anna Nabucco and a venture into another Verdi role, Leonora in Il Trovatore.
Borovko initially went on to study foreign languages at the Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod. Upon her graduation she enrolled at the Kazan State Conservatory where she studied under the guidance of Galina Lastovka. While still a student, she was invited to take part in the world premieres of two contemporary works and sang Stephano Roméo et Juliette in Kazan. She made her professional opera debut as Mércèdes Carmen at Tatar State Opera and Ballet Theatre and sang Annie and Strawberry Woman Porgy and Bess with Marco Boemi at the International Shalyapin Opera Festival.
Roles and repertoire
Micaela & Frasquita Carmen
Liza Brichkina The dawns here are quiet
Aspasia Mitridate Re di Ponto
Donna Anna Don Giovanni
Xenia Boris Godunov
Mimi & Musetta La bohème
Violetta La traviata
Leonora Il trovatore
Some of the best singing of the evening came from Vlada Borovko, filling in for Albina Shagimuratova as Aspasia
Schmopera, March 2016
Jette Parker Youth Artist Vlada Borovko was heartbreakingly beautiful as Xenia, Boris’ daughter. She sang with a clear, powerful sound that fit this masculine opera.
Music Ohm, September 2016
As Norma’s confidante Clotilde Vlada Borovko proved her worth as a rising soprano with a solid technique to listen out for, rounding out her character with skilled yet subtle acting ability.