Vlada Borovko stepped in as Aspasia in Mozart Mitridate, re di Ponto at the Royal Opera House on 29 June and 1 July in place of Albina Shagimuratova. Borovko made her role debut in this performance under the baton of Christophe Rousset in a production by Graham Vick.
Last year Borovko was called at the last moment to step in for Violetta Valéry on the main stage in Verdi La traviata. This marked not only her debut in the role but also her stage debut in a leading role. These two performances as Aspasia, again at short notice, have received critical acclaim:
“Some of the best singing of the evening came from Vlada Borovko, filling in for Albina Shagimuratova as Aspasia. She seemed utterly comfortable and confident, taking the stage with grace and fleshing out the vulnerabilities of her character easily. Her tone was round and plummy, yet incredibly agile and flexible. Particularly, her quiet singing was something to be remarked on – very well controlled, but it seemed to always be deeply felt. I kept thinking I’d heard her best aria, but then she would impress me again. She opened the opera with a stunning display of vocal fireworks and emotional intensity that was balanced best by the incredibly tender and astonishing ‘Pallid’ombre’ in Act III.”
Schmopera, July 2017
Mitridate, re di Ponto will run until 7 July.