Vlada Borovko

soprano voice
biography


  • Russian soprano Vlada Borovko became a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists 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 Valéry 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.

  • In her 2016/17 season with the Royal Opera House, Borovko will sing Clotilde Norma, Ermione Oreste, Mlle Jouvenot Adriana Lecouvreur, Giannetta L’elisir d’amore as well as covering Leonora Il Trovatore, AspasiaMitridate Re di Ponto, and will continue to cover Violetta La Traviata.

    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 MércèdesCarmen 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.

    Last season, alongside her debut as Violetta, other roles with the Royal Opera House included Frasquita Carmen, Xenia in a new production ofBoris Godunov which was also presented at the BBC Proms, AnnaNabucco and a venture into another Verdi role, Leonora in Il Trovatore, which she covered over the summer.










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NameBorovko, Vlada
Date of Birth
Born inRussia, Europe
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages Russian,  Italian,  German 
attended UniversitiesKazan State Conservatoire
Reviews
"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."
(Stephen Pritchard)
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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"
(Tom Stewart)
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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"
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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."
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Oreste
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". "
(Paul Chapinal)
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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."
(George Hall)
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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."
(Jenna Douglas)
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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."
(Alexandra Coghlan)
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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."
(Curtis Rogers)
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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"."
(Sam Smith)
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"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."
(Emily May)
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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!"
(Brian Dickie)
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"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"."
(Cara Chanteau)
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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."
(Claudia Pritchard)
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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!"
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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."
(Jenna Douglas)
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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)"
(CClarke )
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La Norma londinese di Sonya & Sonia
2016-09-30 Culturamente,
"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."
(Marco Rossi)
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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."
(Yannick Boussaert)
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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."
(Evan Dickerson)
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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."
(Rupert Christiansen)
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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 )
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"ROH, Norma"
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."
(Сlaire Seymour)
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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."
(Людмила Яблокова)
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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."
(Jim Pritchard)
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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..."
(Mark Pullinger)
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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."
(Evan Dickerson)
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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."
(Colin Clarke)
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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."
(Dominic Lowe)
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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."
(Mark Ronan)
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"Boris Godounov opéra de Modeste Moussorgski"
2016-03-21 "Anaclase",
"Parmi les autres seconds rôles l'on remarque le soprano russe Vlada Borovko, attachante Xenia éplorée.."
( Bertrand Bolognesi)
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"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."
(CLARE COLVIN)
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"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."
(Jenna Douglas)
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"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."
(Sebastian Petit)
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"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."
(Claire Seymour)
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"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."
(Howard Shepherdson)
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"Una Carmen per Parigi"
2015-11-14 "L'ape musicale",
"Apprezzabili la Frasquita di Vlada Borovko e la Mercedes di Rachel Kelly."
(Pietro Gandetto)
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"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."
(Daniel Perks)
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"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."
(Sam Smith)
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"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."
(Jim Pritchard)
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"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."
(Melanie Eskenazi)
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"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.
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(Elena Cheremnih)
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"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".)
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(Eugeny Tsodokov)
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"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.)
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(Eugeny Tsodokov)
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