One of today’s most celebrated mezzo-sopranos, the Moscow native, who is making her role debut in this production, has previously earned significant acclaim in a number of leading French roles, such as Clitemnestre/Iphigénie en Aulide (Rome Opera, Riccardo Muti conducting), Marguerite/The Damnation of Faust (Madrid, Michel Plasson conducting), Cassandre/Les Troyens (Carnegie Hall, Valery Gergiev conducting) and Nicklausse/Les contes d’Hoffmann (Paris, Milan). Gubanova’s successes in Wagner include Brangäne (Metropolitan Opera, Paris, Baden-Baden, Berlin, Tokyo, St. Petersburg, Munich), Fricka (Milan, London, Berlin, Baden-Baden) and Waltraute (Berlin). Her highly successful Met debut as Hélène/War and Peace was followed by Giulietta/Les contes d’Hoffmann, Giovanna Seymour/Anna Bolena (company premiere, HD transmission), and Eboli/Don Carlo. Gubanova’s most prestigious concert appearances have included the Verdi Requiem with Muti (Tokyo, Vienna, Madrid) and the Mahler song cycles and symphonies in Paris, Moscow, Seoul, Dublin, Sydney, and at the BBC Proms in London. The mezzo’s schedule this season is highlighted by her return to the Met as Amneris/Aida, Eboli/Don Carlo in Florence (under Zubin Mehta), and Fricka/The Ring at Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
Previously at Lyric: Title Role/Carmen (2016|17); Foreign Princess/Rusalka (2013|14).
Last updated: February 11, 2017