Watch an extract of the Soprano Solo from Verdi's Requiem

The BBC Symphony Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov play Verdi's Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The Soprano soloist is Marina Poplavskaya with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov with the London Philharmonic Choir, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Choir.

Marina Poplavskaya (born 1977) is a Russian operatic soprano. Her repertoire includes leading roles in operas of the Romantic era;[1] she is particularly known for her performances in the operas of Verdi.[2]

Born in Moscow and educated at the Ippolitov-Ivanov State Music Institute there with professor Peter Tarassov,[1] she sang in the children's chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre from the age of 9.[3] She became a soloist at Moscow's Novaya Opera Theatre,[4] where she performed during 1996–98,[1] and where she was mentored by its founder Yevgeny Kolobov.[4] She performed as a soloist during 2001–2004 at the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre, and debuted at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2003 as Ann Truelove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress; the next year at the Bolshoi she sang Maria in Mazeppa.[1]

In 2005 her association with the Royal Opera, London began when she joined its Young Artists Programme,[1] and in 2006 she received critical acclaim when she sang the title role of Rachel in a London concert performance of Halévy's La Juive.[2] At the Royal Opera she went on to greater prominence from 2007 when she stood in at short notice for Anna Netrebko as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni,[2] and took on the role of Elisabetta, which had been declined by Angela Gheorghiu, in Nicholas Hytner's new production of Verdi's Don Carlo, which premiered in London in June 2008.[3]

In December 2007 she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Natasha in War and Peace.[3] At the Met she subsequently performed in 2009 as Liù in Turandot,[2] and in 2010 as Elisabetta, when Hytner's production of Don Carlo was taken to New York, and as Violetta in La Traviata, in the New York staging of Willy Decker's production,[3] in which she had sung the role at the Netherlands Opera in 2009.[5] In 2009 she had also sung Violetta at the Los Angeles Opera.[6]

She secured the role of Violetta at the Met in 2010 after Anna Netrebko dropped out.[3] In June 2011 Netrebko withdrew from a Metropolitan Opera tour of Japan, citing fears of radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.[7] Poplavskaya joined the tour at short notice to sing Elisabetta in Don Carlo, after Barbara Frittoli vacated the role of Elisabetta in order to replace Netrebko as Mimi in La Bohème.

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