Full Biography

One of the most celebrated artists our time, in a career spanning over 45 years, Rosalind Plowright has sung at the major international theatres such as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Opéra National de Paris, the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, the Vienna State Opera, the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Arena di Verona, the Teatro Real, Madrid, and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest spinto sopranos, her colleagues included José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Conductors with whom she has worked include Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Sylvain Cambreling, Mark Elder, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Michael Gielen, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Jurowski, Riccardo Muti,  Seiji Ozawa, Giuseppe Patané, Antonio Pappano, Simon Rattle, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Giuseppe Sinopoli.

In 1999, she entered the mezzo-soprano repertoire, singing Amneris Aïda for Scottish Opera. Her engagements in recent years have included The Baroness Vanessa for Wexford Festival Opera, Mrs Sedley Peter Grimes at the Theater an der Wien. the Opéra National de Lyon and the Palau de les Arts, Valencia, Contessa di Coigny / Madelon Andrea Chenier at the Bregenz Festival, Contessa di Coigny Andrea Chenier for the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Royal Opera, London, Kabanicha Katya Kabanova at the Staatsoper Berlin, Mila’s Mother Osud and Mamma Lucia Cavalleria Rusticana for Opera North, La Zia Principessa Suor Angelica for Opera Holland Park and Seattle Opera, Madame de Croissy Dialogues des Carmélites at the Dutch National Opera and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Klytemnestra Elektra at the National Theatre, Prague, Herodias Salome for Portland Opera, The Countess The Queen of Spades for Opera Holland Park, Ulrica Un ballo in maschera for the Dorset Opera Festival and Mary Der fliegende Holländer at La Scala, Milan.

Her solo recital disc La Belle Dame Sans Merci, a programmewhich she performed at the Buxton Festival, is available on Romeo Records, and her recordings further include Mary Stuart, Hansel and Gretel, Elijah, Aïda and Otello for Chandos, Mahler Symphony No. 2, La forza del destino and Il trovatore for DGG,Les contes d’Hoffmann for EMI and La vestale for Orfeo. Performances available on DVD include Andrea Chenier from both the Bregenz Festival and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Hänsel und Gretel from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Dialogues des Carmélites from the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Suor Angelica from La Scala, Milan, and Il trovatore from the Arena di Verona.

Rosalind Plowright made her Glyndebourne Festival debut in 2019 as The Old Baroness Vanessa. Engagements during 2018 /2019 Contessa di Coigny Andrea Chénier for the Royal Opera, London, Mila’s Mother Osud and Mamma Lucia Cavalleria Rusticana for Opera North, Mamma Lucia for Gothenburg Opera, Mme de la Haltière Cendrillon for Angers Nantes Opera and Madame Arvidson Un ballo in maschera for Opera Holland Park.

For services to music, Rosalind Plowright was awarded the OBE in 2007.