Rosalind Plowright OBE


Amongst the country’s operatic elite, Rosalind Plowright is known for her intelligent musicianship, versatile acting ability and compelling stage presence. Having conquered most of the leading soprano roles in Italian opera in the 1980s, she gravitated towards the dramatic mezzo-soprano repertoire, in which she similarly excels.

Her career spans 35 years of performing in virtually every major opera house in the world. Recent appearances have brought her to Covent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera, Paris, Japan and the Proms. On TV she appeared in two episodes of “House of Elliott” and “The Man who made Husband’s Jealous,” the adaptation of Gilly Coopers novel. She helped develop and starred in “Two’s a Crowd” a musical comedy which received five star reviews and in 2009 joined with the Monty Python team in Eric Idle and John Du Prez oratorio based on “Life of Brian” Not the Messiah – He’s a Very Naughty Boy.

Rosalind Plowright has performed with “The Three Tenors.” Her American debut was alongside Jose Carreras 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 II 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.

Other recordings include Mary Stuart, Otello, Aida and Hansel & Gretel (which won the Grammy for best recording) all 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 and Not the Messiah with the Monty Python team.

Among the many conductors with whom she has worked are Carlo Maria Giulini, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Giuseppi Sinopli, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bernard Haitink, Antonio Pappano, Michael Gielen, Sylvain Cambreling, Mark Elder, Roger Norrington, Gustav Kuhn, Seiji Ozawa and Giuseppi Patane.

Rosalind Plowright has performed with all the major orchestras and has given many recitals with the late Geoffrey Parsons in over 20 international festivals.

Rosalind Plowright gives Master Classes throughout the world and enjoys working with young artists through her home based Mini Master Class series.

Over the next two years Rosalind Plowright will perform in Stuttgart, Bregenz, Madrid, Paris and Covent Garden.

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

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A week of stimulating and exciting public master classes and concerts for voice, violin, cello, piano and conducting - 22nd to 29th July 2018.

2018 Course

Our 2018 Course will offer a week of stimulating and exciting public master classes and concerts for voice, violin, cello, piano and conducting in Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music from 22nd to 29th July 2018.

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