One of the most celebrated artists our time, in a career spanning over 45 years, Rosalind Plowright has sung at the major international theatres such as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Opéra National de Paris, the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Arena di Verona, the Teatro Real, Madrid, and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest spinto sopranos, her colleagues included José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Conductors with whom she has worked include Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Sylvain Cambreling, Mark Elder, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Michael Gielen, Carlo Maria Giulini, Hartmut Haenchen, Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Jurowski, Gustav Kuhn, Charles Mackerras, Riccardo Muti, Roger Norrington, Kazushi Ono, Seiji Ozawa, Giuseppe Patané, Antonio Pappano, David Parry, Jérémie Rhorer, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Ulf Schirmer, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Jeffrey Tate.
In 1999, Ms. Plowright entered the mezzo-soprano repertoire, singing Amneris in Aïda for the Scottish Opera. Her engagements in recent years have included the Old Baroness in Vanessa for the Wexford Festival Opera, Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes at the Theater an der Wien and the Opéra National de Lyon, Contessa di Coigny / Madelon in Andrea Chenier at the Bregenz Festival, Contessa di Coigny for the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Royal Opera House, London, Kabanicha in Katya Kabanova at the Staatsoper Berlin, Mila’s Mother in Osud and Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana for Opera North, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica for Opera Holland Park and the Seattle Opera, Madame de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmélites at the Dutch National Opera and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Klytemnestra in Elektra at the National Theatre, Prague, Herodias in Salome for the Portland Opera, the Countess in The Queen of Spades for Opera Holland Park, Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera for the Dorset Opera Festival and Mary in Der fliegende Holländer at La Scala, Milan.
Ms. Plowright’s solo recital disc La Belle Dame Sans Merci, a programme which she performed at the Buxton Festival, is available on Romeo Records, and her recordings further include Mary Stuart, Hansel and Gretel, Elijah, Aïda and Otello for Chandos, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, La forza del destino and Il trovatore for DGG, Les contes d’Hoffmann for EMI and La vestale for Orfeo. Performances available on DVD include Andrea Chenier from both the Bregenz Festival and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Hänsel und Gretel from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Dialogues des Carmélites from the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Suor Angelica from La Scala, Milan, and Il trovatore from the Arena di Verona.
Rosalind Plowright made her Glyndebourne Festival debut in the summer of 2018 as the Old Baroness in Vanessa. Engagements during the 2018/19 season further include Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes at the Palau de les Arts, Valencia, Contessa di Coigny in Andrea Chénier for the Royal Opera House, London, Mamma Lucia for the Gothenburg Opera, Mme de la Haltière in Cendrillon for the Angers Nantes Opera and Madame Arvidson in Un ballo in maschera for Opera Holland Park.
For services to music, Rosalind Plowright was awarded the OBE in 2007.