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BBC Proms "Boris Godunov"

Vlada Borovko made BBC Proms debut on 16 July with a concert version of Mussorsgy Boris Godunov from the Royal Opera House. The cast led by Bryn Terfel in the title role is conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. "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". (MusicOHM, July 2016)


Vlada Borovko debuted as Violetta in Covent Garden on the 9th March 2016. At a short notice Vlada debuted as Violetta in "La Traviata" at the Royal Opera House. In the morning she had an orchestra rehearsal as Xenia in "Boris Godunov" without thinking about singing in the evening. But due to unexpected circumstances she was asked to sing Violetta because the other soprano had cancelled one hour before the performance. It was her role debut and the first run with orchestra. The role of Alfredo was performed by Charles Castronovo and Germont was sung by Quinn Kelsey. The colleagues and audience appreciated Vlada's last minute debut much.

Adriana Lecuvreur

The opera is based on the life of the French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur (1692–1730). While there are some actual historical figures in the opera, the episode it recounts is largely fictional, its death-by-poisoned violets plot device often signalled as verismo opera's least realistic. It is often condemned as being among the most confusing texts ever written for the stage, and cuts that have often been made in performance only make the story harder to follow.