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 joining the programme, 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.
Current highlights include her return to the Royal Opera House as a guest artist to debut the role of Musetta La bohème, a role and company debut at Staatsoper Stuttgart as Mimi La bohème, company debuts at Oper Köln and Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe as Violetta La traviata, a house debut as Clotilde in Jürgen Rose’s production of Norma at Bayerische Staatsoper, Leonora Il trovatore with Opera de Baugé and a role and house debut as Adalgisa Norma at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile.
Further role assignments whilst on the Young Artists Programme at 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, Clotilde Norma, Ermione Oreste, Mlle Jouvenot Adriana Lecouvreur, and Giannetta L’elisir d’amore.
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.
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
Onlinemerker, December 2019
The voluminous and emphatically lyrical soprano Vlada Borovko as Mimi, who tracks the vocal secrets of her role with sound intelligence and empathy.
Opera Online, June 2018
Vlada Borovko displays a sumptuous soprano as Musetta, and has the presence to help make Act II feel suitably grand
Opera Online, July 2019
Then enter the scene Vlada Borovko, a lyrical Russian soprano whose full, fleshy voice, with its luminous sonorities, unfolds thanks to a projection that seems effortless and with a richness of colors that leaves you speechless: this is not only a true lirico spinto but also a a very sharp actress who knows how to embody her character with a blaze worthy of her fiery hair.