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Lyubov Petrova


"A soprano of ravishing, changeable beauty, blazing high notes and magnetic stage presence." Opera News

In the 2011-12 season, she returns to Washington National Opera and Austin Lyric Opera for the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor and the Teatro Real for Virtù and Pallade in L'incoronazione di Poppea. She also returns to the role of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier in her debut with the Bolshoi Opera and sings Aristea in L'Olimpiade at the Pergolesi Festival in Jesi, Italy. Last season, she joined De Nederlandse Opera and Dallas Opera for Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Teatro Colón for Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and both Pittsburgh Opera and Opera Lyra Ottawa for the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor.

Ms. Petrova made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos. The former participant in the company's prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program has returned for numerous roles including Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Norina in Don Pasquale, Sophie in Werther, Nannetta in Falstaff, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Xenia in Boris Godunov, and Woglinde in Das Rheingold.

Other recent performances for the soprano include the title role in Manon at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo; the title role in Martin y Soler's L'arbore di Diana at the Teatro Real; Gilda in Rigoletto, previous performances of Lucia di Lammermoor and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Washington National Opera and Central City Opera; Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Glimmerglass Opera, Adalgisa in Norma at the Bellini Festival in Catania; Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Opéra national de Paris, Teatro Real, Los Angeles Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera; Adele in Die Fledermaus and Louisa in Betrothal in a Monastery with Glyndebourne Festival Opera (both available commercially, the former as a DVD and the latter as a CD) and in subsequent performances at the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall; Angelica in Orlando and Louisa in Betrothal in a Monastery at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Pittsburgh Opera; Elvira in I puritani and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Palm Beach Opera; Oscar in Un ballo in maschera with Houston Grand Opera; and Sophie in concert performances of Der Rosenkavalier with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She has joined the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. for the title role of Lakme, Despina in Così fan tutte, and further performances of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos and with Opera Novaya in her native Russia, she has sung Violetta in La traviata, Lyudmila in Glinka's Ruslan i Lyudmila, the title role in Rimsky-Korsakov's Snow Maiden, and Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov's Tsar's Bride. She was also featured as the Queen of the Night on the 2006 film of The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh.

She has joined the Russian National Orchestra for Rachmaninoff's The Bells (available commercially on the Warner Classics label) and Artiomov's Requiem with the Russian National Orchestra; Bach's Magnificat and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with Helmuth Rilling conducting the Moscow Conservatory Orchestra; and Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. She has also sung a program of Johann Strauss with Julius Rudel conducting the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

October 2011

Lyubov Petrova