Short Biography

Rosalind Plowright is one of the most celebrated artists of our time. Her career spans almost 50 years. She was acclaimed as one of the world’s great spinto sopranos specialising in roles such as Medée, Alceste and Norma as well as the great Verdi and Puccini heroines. Rosalind Plowright has sung at nearly all the international opera houses such as the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Grand Theatre de Genève, and at the Arena di Verona. Her colleagues include all the most praised operatic stars of the time. Her American debut was alongside Jose Carreras in a concert at the Philadelphia Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and they also sang Andrea Chenier at Covent Garden and recorded La Forza del Destino for Deutsche Grammophon (which won best opera recording from Gramophone). With Placido Domingo she has performed Leonora, Il Trovatore at Covent Garden and recorded the opera with him for Deutsche Grammophon for which she was personally awarded the Prix Fondation Fanny Heldy. With Luciano Pavarotti she performed Aida at Covent Garden and a gala concert for 25,000 at the Arena of Verona. Among the many conductors with whom she has worked are Giulini, Gavazzeni, Patane, Muti, Abbado, Mehta, Sinopli, Sawallisch, Haitink, Pappano, Ozawa and Bychkov.

Rosalind Plowright entered the dramatic mezzo repertoire in 1999 with roles such as Amneris in Aida, the Principessa in Adriana Lecouvreur, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica Klytämnestra in Elektra and Madame de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites. Plowright won special praise as the Kostelnicka in Janacek’s Jenufa. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in this role. Her many recordings also include Mary Stuart, Otello, Aida and Hansel & Gretel  for the Opera in English series for Chandos; Elijah for Chandos, La Vestale for Orfeo, Contes d’Hoffmann for EMI and Mahler 2nd Symphony for Deutsche Grammophon. Her DVD’s include her performances of Il Trovatore from Verona, Suor Angelica from La Scala, Hansel & Gretel from the Metropolitan Opera, Dialogues des Carmelites from the Theatre des Champs Elysées, Vanessa from Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Not the Messiah. (He’s a very naughty boy) with the Monty Python team at the Royal Albert hall. In May 2014 she launched her first recital album, La Belle Dame Sans Merci.

Rosalind Plowright made her Glyndebourne Festival debut in 2018 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 Ulrica Un ballo in maschera for Opera Holland Park. Last  season 2021/2022 included Mrs Sedley, Peter Grimes in Theater an der Wien, Vienna; Grandmother Buryjovka Jenufa for Den Norske Opera, Oslo,  Peter Grimes at La Fenice, and as The Old Baroness Vanessa for the USA Spoleto FestivalIn May 2024, Rosalind Plowright will revive Contessa di Coigny Andrea Chénier for the Royal Opera, London, and in 2025 she will appear in a new production of Cavalleria Rusticana as Mamma Lucia for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich.

Rosalind Plowright was awarded the OBE in 2007 for her services to music.