“The evening was almost stolen by Rosalind Plowright as the old Baroness. It isn’t a large part, and she never tried to upstage or outshine anyone – indeed, she often barely moved – but it was impossible to take one’s eyes off this great artist.”
Opera, January 2017

Rosalind Plowright

Rosalind Plowright has an incredible and indomitable spirit. With a career that spans more than 40 years, she was 26 when she made her solo professional debut in Oxford with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. In May 2019, the opening night of Andrea Chénier at Covent Garden in which she sings La Contessa di Coigny with a stellar cast, marks the eve of her 70th birthday.  This will be Plowright’s second production of Andrea Chénier at Covent Garden. For her first, in 1984, she was cast as Maddalena di Coigny opposite Jose Carreras. Ten years later, she returned to the opera in the role that she is about to reprise, La Contessa di Coigny, a role which she also performed in Munich.

Singing her opening performance in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera at Opera Holland Park just as the run of Andrea Chénier comes to an end, Plowright returns to the composer who has been at the centre of her repertoire ever since singing the role of Aida in Frankfurt in 1981. Madame Arvidson marks Plowright’s second role in Un Ballo in Maschera and her fifteenth Verdi role, including the soprano role in Verdi’s Requiem which she sang at the BBC Proms in 1984.

Rosalind Plowright’s website

photo credits: Chris McAndrew (1), Bregenz Festival (2), Bill Cooper (3), Patrick Borecky (4), Tristram Kenton (5)