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Olga Borodina

Olga Borodina (Mezzo-Soprano)

Russian mezzo Olga Borodina was born in Leningrad in 1963 and studied at the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. She has been closely associated with the Mariinsky Theatre (where she made her debut in 1988 as Siebel in Gounod’s Faustthroughout her career, and has appeared there in many leading roles in Russian operas including Konchakovna in Prince Igor, Marina in Boris Godunov, Marfa in Khovanschina, Helen in War and Peace. and Lyubasha in The Tsar’s Bride (all of which she has also recorded under Valery Gergiev on Philips). By the mid-1990s she was also in demand throughout the West for roles ranging from the coloratura heroines of Rossini’s La cenerentola and L’Italiana in Algeri to dramatic mezzo repertoire such as Amneris Aida, the Principessa di Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur, Dalila in Samson et Dalila, and Eboli in Don Carlo.

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