After opening the XIV Moscow Easter Festival last month alongside Denis Matsuev and Valery Gergiev, last weekend saw Olga Borodina perform in a Mahler run at the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg.
The ‘Mahler weekender’, conducted by Valery Gergiev began on Saturday 23rd May with Mahler’s Symphony No.2 – a concert dedicated to the commemoration of the victims of the Armenian Genocide (1914-1915). Ms Borodina sang alongside Soprano Irma Gigolaty, accompanied by the Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra.
The weekender continued the following evening with Ms Borodina in concert with the Mariinsky Theatre Chorus, Children’s Chorus and Orchestra in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.3.
Next month will see Ms Borodina in one of her title roles as ‘Dalila’ in a concert performance of Saint-Saëns Samson and Dalila (2nd June) as well as a performance of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina – a Russian national musical drama in 5 acts (29th June).
‘Saint-Saëns’ heroine requires special qualities of timbre and the ability to change the ‘temperature’ of the singing in an instant – from passionate heat to icy cunning. Borodina has all of this, the nobleness and purity of her voice sometimes making those who listen to her Dalila to lose themselves. She is very good indeed – even too good for such a terrible character’ – Politbyuro
Photo credits: Mariinsky Theatre