Can the audience Handel it? Oreste gets the Tarantino treatment - review
2016-11-09 The Telegraph, London
"The women are ahead of the game here, with Vlada Borovko, Jennifer Davis and Angela Simkin all providing attractive and accomplished virtuosic singing"
CRÍTICA: 'NABUCCO' DE VERDI EN EL COVENT GARDEN DE LONDRES
"Con ganas nos quedamos de apreciar en roles de mayor enjundia a Vlada Borovko en el breve papel de Anna. Su frase "deh fratelli perdonate, una schiava salvata egli ha" fue suficiente para apreciar la existencia de un material de gran calidad."
IN REVIEW: ADRIANA LECOUVREUR AT ROH
2017-02-08 Schmopera, London
"Jette Parker Young Artists Vlada Borovko, Angela Simkin, Thomas Atkins and Simon Shibambuwere full of life and personality as Mademoiselles Jouvenot and Dangeville, and as Poisson and Quinault."
Opera: Adriana Lecouvreurat Covent Garden
2017-02-10 The times, London
"Thomas Atkins, Simon Shibambu, Vlada Borovko and Angela Simkin are agile and deftly blended in the madrigalian ensembles, as are Bálint Szabó and Krystian Adam as the Prince and the Abbé ."
2016-12-17 Opera magazine, Jan 2017, London
"Vlada Borovko, as Oreste's feisty wife Ermione, sang with a light metallic soprano and coped well with coloratura and the advances of king Toante (Simon Shibambu)"
Don Carè to the rescue (ROH/Carmen)
2015-11-17 An opera notebook, London
"An especial mention must go to Frasquita (Vlada Borovko). A fairly small part, but really very wonderful - more noticeable from the front of the stalls than the back of the stalls circle, a commanding presence and really beautiful instrument. I anticpate her in Godunov and I might well plonk for Nabucco too."
NORMA, Royal Opera House, Londres London, Setembro / September 2016
2016-11-25 Fanáticos da Ópera / Opera Fanatics,
"Nos papéis secundários todos estiveram bem, Brindley Sherratt como Oroveso, Vlada Borovko como Clotilde e David Junghoon Kim como Flavio."
"Simplicius Simplicissimus; Oreste review – there will be blood"
2016-11-20 The Guardian, London
"Vlada Borovko (Ermione) brought the house down with her furious demisemiquavers."
Oreste | REVIEW
2016-11-16 The Cusp , London
"Borovko's shimmering coloratura had a steely accuracy and resolve that made it clear Ermione considered herself a cut above"
Handel’s Oreste: shellshock and glee (Wilton’s Music Hall, 13 November 2016)
2016-11-14 www.dehggial.wordpress.com, London
""Indeed, this Jette Parker Young Artist showcase is built around Vlada Borovko's Ermione (Oreste's Bradamante-like wife). I saw her in the 2016 Summer JPYA performance and in a small role in Boris Godunov earlier this year but neither prepared me for her Baroque chops. Her voice feels very natural in this repertoire and more intimate setting. Should she want to continue down this route, I predict an intense Alcina in her future. The public loved her in any case. There was much to love. The voice filled the venue just right and it felt to me like her understanding of singing Baroque is spot on, coupled with a vocal texture that just works with what the music asks (thus able to express a lot of fine detail). To give you an idea, through the night I was reminded of Piau"
Opera review: Oreste at Wilton's Music Hall
2016-11-15 Express, London
"Angela Simkin plays the part of Oreste in a beguilingly mad and twitchy manner, while the other two female cast members, Jennifer Davis (Ifigenia) and Vlada Borovko (Ermione) display gloriously precocious singing talent."
2016-11-08 Theatre-news.com, London
"The plot is almost secondary as operas of the time were more about the music and performances than story. And being a baroque opera, arias abound. This gives the singers the opportunity to indulge themselves and their technique. All the cast are excellent but the standout was Borovko with the arias 'lo sperai di veder il tuo volto' and after Toante gives her an ultimatum and she fully understands the horror of her situation with 'Dite pace e fulminate". "
Oreste review at Wilton’s Music Hall – ‘talented young cast’
2016-11-14 The stage, London
"High vocal standards, from Angela Simkin's psychologically damaged Oreste, Jennifer Davis's reluctant executioner Ifigenia, Thomas Atkin's vividly sung Pilade, Vlada Borovko's spirited Ermione, Simon Shibambu's grand-scale Toante and with Gyula Nagy an increasingly lairy Filotete – a contralto role transposed for baritone."
IN REVIEW: THE JETTE PARKER YOUNG ARTISTS PRESENT ORESTE
2016-11-14 Schmopera, London
"Soprano Vlada Borovko looked like Park Avenue had stumbled into Brooklyn as Oreste's wife, Ermione. She sang with a bird-like, clear-as-a-bell soprano that seemed perfectly naïve; her arias - excellently sung - spanned everything from understated and prayer-like to pyrotechnic and wild. The stakes didn't quite seem high enough for her character arc, however; the threat of rape by Toante felt luke-warm, and Ermione's turn on the violent leader felt less like a woman taking power, and more like the leadership's growing slack."
BWW Review: ORESTE, Wilton's Music Hall, 8 November 2016
2016-11-09 Broadway world, London
"As central couple Oreste and Ermione, Angela Simkin and Vlada Borovko have perhaps the toughest job of all, reconciling the contradictions of Handel's music and Jones's direction. Each impressed, though vocally it was Borovko who triumphed thanks to some of the composer's most generous vocal writing."
The Royal Opera at Wilton’s Music Hall – Handel’s Oreste...
2016-11-08 Classical source, London
"Ermione, Vlada Borovko was especially impressive for the precision of her tricky coloratura which did not come under strain whatever the demands Handel makes."
Oreste at Wilton’s Music Hall, London
2016-11-11 Opera Online, London
"All soloists are members of the Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, and deliver singing of an exceptionally high standard...Simkin, however, only stands as the first among equals as Jennifer Davis as Ifigenia, Gyula Nagy as Filotete, Simon Shibambu as Toante, Vlada Borovko as Ermione and Thomas Atkins as Pilade all play, and most importantly sing, their parts to the full"."
"Review: Oreste, Wilton’s Music Hall"
2016-11-10 A Younger Theatre, London
"Russian soprano Vlada Borovko's performance of Ermione is particularly impressive, as she delivers complex ornamentation with clarity and precision, whilst simultaneously embodying her prim and proper character."
Wilton's Music Hall
2016-11-09 Brian Dickie Life after 50 years in opera and still counting......, London
"Super Irish and Russian sopranos Jennifer Davis and Vlada Borovko were moving and stylish Handelians as the much abused young women, and the low life men were Hungarian Gyula Nagy and South African Simon Shimbambu - all these valuable contributors throughout the season to the Royal Opera in so many different smaller roles. Here was their opportunity to shine, and shine they did!"
"Oreste, Wilton’s Music Hall, review: A Handel-Mad Max mash-up"
2016-11-09 Independent, London
""Acting is strong – we shall surely see more of baritone Gyula Nagy, and soprano Vlada Borovko, who lands in this world like something out of Breakfast at Tiffany's, and sings with style to match"."
Oreste ★★★★ review, Wilton's Music Hall
2016-11-09 Culture whisper, London
"The Irish soprano Jennifer Davis as Ifigenia, reluctant priestess, and the Russian soprano Vlada Borovko as Oreste's wife, Ermione, give particularly fine performances that grow and grow in strength. Borovko, as a woman who turns left even on a life-boat, spins her early, pearly sound, as shiny as her nails and pert chignon, into something richly coloured as she overcomes the despot."
ROH Jette Parker Young Artists Juke Box
2016-10-10 The Stuart Review, London
"To discuss just a few of the particular standouts: Vlada Borovko was the first soloist of the night with Glinka's 'All was quiet', Borovko's voice was simply flawless, I cannot wait to see how her career progresses, definitely one to watch!"
OPERA FOR LUNCH: THE ROH YOUNG ARTISTS IN CONCERT
2016-10-03 Schmopera, London
"Safe as the programme may have been, the singers and pianists impressed; some of our highlights were the performances by tenor Thomas Atkins, sopranos Jennifer Davis and Vlada Borovko, and tenor David Junghoon Kim."
Orchestra is the Star in Covent Garden’s Misconceived Production of Norma
2016-09-16 Seen and heard international, London
"Vlada Borovko was a fine Clotilde (Norma's confidante)"
La Norma londinese di Sonya & Sonia
"Buoni il tenore David Junghoon Kim nel ruolo di Flavio, amico di Pollione, ed il soprano Vlada Borovko nel ruolo dell'ancella di Norma Clotilde, seppur vestita come la Signorina Rottenmeier."
La chance sourit aux audacieuses
2016-09-23 Forumopera.com, Paris
"Chez les seconds rôles, Vlada Borovko suscite l'envie de l'entendre dans des emplois plus longs : une tradition pour les Clotilde de Royal Opera House."
Norma @ Royal Opera House, London
2016-09-13 MusicOMH, London
"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."
Sonya Yoncheva could become one of the most commanding Normas of our time
2016-09-13 The Telegraph, London
"Both the Flavio, David Junghoon Kim, and the Clotilde, Vlada Borovko, make their mark in recitative, and Brindley Sherratt is a properly solemn and fearsome Oroveso."
Religious fervour: La Fura dels Baus dramatic interpretation of Bellini's Norma at Covent Garden
2016-09-13 Planet Hugill, London
"Both David Junghoon Kim and Vlada Borovko impressed in the smaller roles of Flavio and Clotilde."
(Robert Hugill )
2016-09-13 Opera today, London
"The minor roles of Pollione's friend Flavio and Norma's confidante Clotilde, were sung competently by two Jette Parker Young Artists: David Junghoon Kim and Vlada Borovko respectively."
Концерт молодых талантов Ковент-Гардена
2016-08-01 Operanews, London
"Впечатляюще был исполнен эпизод «Кати Кабановой», где Катерина – наша Влада Боровко – великолепно контролирующая верхние ноты, порадовала нас своим сверкающим тембром и ярким исполнением. В прошедшем сезоне она прекрасно исполнила роль Ксении в «Борисе Годунове», пела Фраскиту в «Кармен», а в марте дебютировала в «Травиате» как Виолетта."
A Summer Performance Showcases Young Talent Nurtured by the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme
2016-07-18 Seen and Heard International, London
"Nobody had anything less than a good voice but – in my opinion – only three singers genuinely commanded the stage and particularly drew my eyes to them: Russia's Vlada Borovko, Australia's Emily Edmonds and England's James Platt. Singing in Czech and Russian admittedly did cause all of them to be thinking more about the sound of their words rather than their acting; whilst all those involved were obviously happier when later singing in Italian or German."
Bright singing, grim staging: the JPYA Summer Performance at Covent Garden
2016-07-17 Bachtrack, London
"Vlada Borovko gave a heartfelt Kát'a, steely top notes confidently placed..."
classical and opera reviews Prom 2: Boris Godunov @ Royal Albert Hall, London
2016-07-16 MusicOMH, London
"The well-known rebuttal to Mussorgsky that the opera lacked a reasonably important female role proved well founded, but that did not stop Russian soprano Vlada Borovko making the most of her single scene as Boris' daughter Xenia. It would certainly be welcome to hear her assume more extensive repertoire in future."
A Splendid Boris Godunov at the Proms
2016-07-18 Seen and Heard International, London
"Vlada Borovko reprised her excellence as Xenia, but Clarissa Meek took over, succesfully, from Sarah Pring for Xenia's Nurse."
Prom 2: Royal Opera's spine-tingling Boris Godunov transfers to the Proms
2016-07-17 Bachtrack, London
"Amongst the more minor roles, nods should go to Jeremy White's police officer, Nikitich who opened the opera with a powerful, sonorous bass, and Vlada Borovko's Xenia, the only female role in this version, whose warm soprano was given too little to sing."
Nabucco, Royal Opera, ROH, Covent Garden, June 2016
2016-06-07 Mark Ronan, theatre reviews, London
"The act I trio between Ismaele, Fenena and Abigail was beautifully sung, as were supporting roles, with ROH Young Artist Vlada Borovko notable as Zaccaria's sister Anna."
"Boris Godounov opéra de Modeste Moussorgski"
"Parmi les autres seconds rôles l'on remarque le soprano russe Vlada Borovko, attachante Xenia éplorée.."
( Bertrand Bolognesi)
"Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera House"
2016-03-20 "Sunday express", London
"John Graham-Hall as Prince Shuisky subtly undermines the beleaguered Tsar, and Royal Opera Young Artist Vlada Borovko impresses as Boris's unhappy daughter Xenia."
"In Review: Boris Godunov"
2016-03-19 Schmopera, London
"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."
"Mussorgsky : Boris Godunov / Royal Opera, 14th March 2015"
2016-03-15 Opera Britannia, London
"Fortunately the other parts were of high standard with special mention of Kostas Smoriginas excellent as Shchelkalov (what a gift of a role this is!) and Vlada Borovko as Xenia."
"Boris Godunov, Covent Garden"
2016-03-16 "Opera Today", London
"And, in the Tsar's apartments - where a map marks Russia's territories in red, as if the land is bathed in blood - sweet-toned relief is offered by Xenia (Vlada Borovko), who laments the death of her fiancé, and her Nurse (Sarah Pring), who tries to console her."
"Review: Carmen (Royal Opera, London)"
2015-10-30 "Limelight Magazine", London
"Along with Vlada Borovko as Frasquita and Michele Losier as Mercedes, all four provided a welcome freshness to a sometimes pedestrian revival."
"Una Carmen per Parigi"
2015-11-14 "L'ape musicale",
"Apprezzabili la Frasquita di Vlada Borovko e la Mercedes di Rachel Kelly."
"Review: Carmen, Royal Opera House"
2015-10-29 "A young theatre", London
"Of the supporting performers, the pairing of Michèle Losier and Vlada Borovko as Carmen's gypsy friends must be praised – feisty and in sync with each other, these two are a welcome addition to each of the scenes they play a role in."
"Carmen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden"
"Opera Online", London
"...while Vlada Borovko and Michèle Losier are excellent as Carmen's gypsy friends, Frasquita and Mercédès."
"Well-Rehearsed Covent Garden Carmen Lacks a Dramatic Coup de Grâce"
2015-10-19 Seen and Heard International, London
"The smaller roles were as well-prepared as everything else seemed to have been: Vlada Borovko and Michèle Losier were a pair of high-spirited foils for Carmen as Frasquita and Mercédès, with Grant Doyle and Timothy Robinson having fun as the conspiring smugglers, Le Dancaïre and Le Remendado."
"Carmen @ Royal Opera House, London"
2015-10-20 Music OMH, London
"Her friends Frasquita and Mercédès were strongly characterized by Vlada Borovko and Michèle Losier respectively, and Grant Doyle and Timothy Robinson made their mark as the two smugglers."
"Opera "Porgy and Bess" by Gershwin was performed on the Shaliapin festival again"
2015-02-04 "The business online", Kazan
"And the Conservatory student Vlada Borovko glittered with her absolutely lovely timbre, singing Strawberry Woman gorgeously.
"On Shaliapin's celebration in Kazan"
2014-02-16 OperaNews.ru, Kazan
"The quartet of the main characters was professionally supported by the smugglers with their plucky Gypsy friends. These parts were performed by Kazan soloists Yuri Ivshin, Yuri Petrov, Gulnora Gatina and Vlada Borovko.
( Russian: "Квартет главных персонажей профессионально поддержали контрабандисты со своими боевыми подругами-цыганками. Эти партии исполнили казанские солисты Юрий Ившин, Юрий Петров, Гульнора Гатина и Влада Боровко".)"
"On Shaliapin's celebration in Kazan"
2014-02-16 http://www.operanews.ru/, Kazan
"I consider it my duty to mention episodic parts of Crab Man and Strawberry woman. Kazan soloists Stanislav Shcherbinin and Vlada Borovko managed clearly show in these brief solo episodes their temperament in combination with refined craftsmanship.
( Russian: "Считаю своим долгом упомянуть и совсем уж эпизодические партии Продавца крабов и Продавщицы клубники. Казанские солисты Станислав Щербинин и Влада Боровко сумели в этих кратких сольных эпизодах ярко проявить свой темперамент в сочетании с отточенным мастерством.)"