Marina Prudenskaya, mezzo soprano12-13
"Marina Prudenskaya, who stood out above the rest, was the real revelation of the evening, providing a bravura performance to her part. Her voice is dark, steady and soft at the same time, well serving her remarkable musical intelligence; this is backed by her beautiful presence, tall and slim. She"¦already has enough to enchant audiences the world over
Marco Beghelli, Il giornale della musica, 29 May 2005, Margherita d'Anjou, Oper Leipzig
In the 2005 the Russian mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya joined the Deutsche Oper, Berlin as a principle soloist where her roles include Olga (Eugene Onegin), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Preziosilla (La Forza del destino). She then went on to make her debut in the Bayreuther Festspiele's new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, as Flosshilde, under Christian Thielemann.
After studying singing at the St Petersburg Conservatoire with Yevgenia Gorokhovskaya, and at the same time reading child psychology and teaching at St Petersburg University, Marina Prudenskaya went on to win a number of prestigious competitions including the Dvorak Competition (Karlsbad), the Glinka Competition (Samara, Russia), the 52nd ARD International Music Competition (Munich), and first prize at the Moscow Debut Festival for her interpretation of the role of Carmen.
Her professional career began as a soloist at the famous Stanislavsky Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre in Moscow where her repertoire included classic lyric roles such as Pauline (Pique-Dame), Ratmir (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Olga (Eugene Onegin), culminating in her award-winning performances of Carmen. Moving to the Staatstheater Nà¼rnberg, she added further lyric roles including Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Nicklausse (Les contes d'Hoffmann) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and had the opportunity to explore pre-classical repertoire in roles such as Gluck's Orfeo, Bradamante (Orlando Furioso) and Klytemnesta (Iphigenie in Aulis) before moving into more dramatic territory with the roles of Azucena (Il trovatore) and Preziosilla (La forza del destino).
In demand as a guest artist throughout Germany, Miss Prudenskaya had most recently performed in Oper Leipzig's acclaimed concert performances of Meyerbeer's Margherita d'Anjou. Other guest roles have included Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera) at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and at the Theater Bielefeld; Erda at the Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden; and internationally as Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus) at Opera de Nice; Flora (La Traviata) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival; and in Pierre Audi's production of Die Walkà¼re at Netherlands Opera. In 2006/07 Miss Prudenskaya made her debut in Tokyo with NHK Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy in a performance of Scriabin's Symphony No.1, she also performed as a guest at the Staatstheater Hannover and the Staatstheater Nà¼rnberg besides her contract with the Deutsche Oper Berlin.