Hailed as a “soprano of ravishing, changeable beauty, blazing high notes and magnetic stage presence” by Opera News, Lyubov Petrova’s recent highlights include returns to Florida Grand Opera as Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and for her first performances as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, her first performances of Freia in Das Rheingold with both the London Philharmonic and Odense Symphony Orchestras, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Sofya in Prokofiev’s Semyon Kotko with Vladimir Jurowski conducting the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera New York as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. She also joined Bard Music Festival for Marfa in The Tsar’s Bride, Music@Menlo for Shostakovich’s From Jewish Folk Poetry, and returned to La Jolla Music Festival for performances Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras and selections of Schubert Lieder.
Winner of the 1999 International Elena Obraztsova Competition and the 1998 International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition, the New York based Russian soprano Lyubov Petrova trained at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and on the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Programme, and made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos. She subsequently returned for numerous roles including Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Norina in Don Pasquale, Sophie in Werther, Nannetta in Falstaff, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Xenia in Boris Godunov, and Woglinde in Das Rheingold. In an extensive North American career, she has appeared at the Dallas Opera in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, the Los Angeles Opera as Zerbinetta, the Pittsburgh Opera as Juliette, Lucia di Lammermoor and Gilda in Rigoletto, as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera at Houston Grand Opera, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Lucia di Lammermoor and Zerbinetta with Washington National Opera. She has also performed Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare with Glimmerglass Opera; the title role of Lakme at the Spoleto Festival, and Elvira in I puritani with Palm Beach Opera.
Further afield her roles have included Offenbach’s Four Heroines in Les contes d’Hoffmann with New Israeli Opera; Despina in Così fan tutte at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan; Violetta in La traviata with Korean National Opera; the title role in Massenet’s Manon at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo; the title role in Martin y Soler’s L’arbore di Diana at the Teatro Real; Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with the Netherlands Opera, Adalgisa in Norma at the Bellini Festival in Catania; Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Opéra National de Paris and the Teatro Real; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Valencienne in Die lustige Witwe at the Teatro Colón; Angelica in Orlando at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia; Aristea in L’Olimpiade at the Pergolesi Festival in Jesi, Italy; Lisinga in Rossini’s Demetrio e Polibio at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli; and Adele in Die Fledermaus and Louisa in Betrothal in a Monastery with Glyndebourne Festival Opera and in subsequent performances at the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall. With Opera Novaya in her native Russia, she has sung Violetta, Lyudmila in Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila, the title role in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Snow Maiden, and Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bride.
Lyubov Petrova is a regular performer on the symphonic and concert circuit. She has sung Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Rachmaninov’s The Bells with the Florida Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra, and Artiomov’s Requiem with the Russian National Orchestra; Bach’s Magnificat and Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Helmuth Rilling conducting the Moscow Conservatory Orchestra; and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. She has also sung a program of Johann Strauss with Julius Rudel conducting the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and joined the Pressburger Symphoniker at the Schloss Esterhazy in Austria for a concert of Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Mozart, and Bizet. Forthcoming highlights include The Bells with the RTVE Symphony Orchestra in Madrid, and her first performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
She has most recently released her first solo recital of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov songs, highly praised by Gramophone Magazine for her “elegant vocalisation […] a cleanly produced voice with a wonderful legato, fine instincts for expressive phrase shaping and ample tone for shading the music that never grows unwieldy. Petrova’s soft singing is a marvel.” Her wider discography includes Rachmaninov’s The Bells on Warner Classics under Jose Serebrier, Die Fledermaus and Betrothal in a Monastery from Glyndebourne Festival Opera (the former as a DVD and the latter as a CD), a DVD of Pergolesi’s L’Olimpiade, and she also starred and sang as the Queen of the Night in the 2006 film of The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh.