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 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. Her other roles this season include Frasquita Carmen, Xenia in a new production of Boris Godunov which was also presented at the BBC Proms, Anna Nabucco and a venture in another Verdi role, Leonora in Il trovatore, which she covered this summer. 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. Her roles this season include Clotilde Norma, Ermione Oreste, Mlle Jouvenot Adriana Lecouvreur and Giannetta L’elisir d’amore.