Rosalind Plowright (OBE)
(Born 21 May 1949)
Rosalind Plowright is an English opera singer who spent much of her career as a soprano but later returned to the stage as a mezzo-soprano.
She made her debut as Agathe with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 1975.
After that she sang Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro with the same company in 1976 and 1977.
In 1975 she appeared with both Welsh National Opera and English National Opera as the Page in Salome and then went on to star with the English National Opera in Tosca and Don Carlos (Elisabeth de Valois) Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, Hélène in Verdi's Il Vêspri Siciliani and Elizabeth I in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda.
She recieved wide acclaim in a recording of Maria Stuarda with Janet Baker as Mary Queen of Scots.
Other successes followed including a Manon Lescaut at Torre del Lago, Aida in Frankfurt, Ariadne in Berne and Ortlinde at the Royal Opera House all in 1980.
Her American debut was as Medora in Verdi's Il Corsaro in San Diego and her debut at La Scala followed in 1983 when she sang Suor Angelica.
Since then, she has gone on to perform in major opera houses and with leading companies around the world including Covent Garden, Hamburg, Madrid, Verona, the Paris Opera, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Vienna State Opera, Athens, Rome, The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Arena di Verona, Florence, La Fenice Venice, the Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires and Municipal Theater of Santiago.
She has sung Andrea Chénier at Covent Garden With José Carreras and she has recorded La Forza del Destino for Deutsche Grammophon.
She has performed Il Trovatore with Plácido Domingo at Covent Garden where she has also sung Aida with Luciano Pavarotti.
She has sung at a gala concert at the Arena of Verona and has performed Cherubini's Medea many times around the world.
Ms Plowright sang Leonora to Franco Bonisolli's Manrico with Fiorenza Cossotto as Azucena in Il Trovatore in a performance at the Arena di Verona where Mr Bonisolli repeated Di Quella Pira.
Among the many leading conductors she has worked with, are Carlo Maria Giulini, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Antonio Pappano and Giuseppe Patanè.
She has also given recitals with the late Geoffrey Parsons in over 20 international festivals.
As an actress Rosalind Plowright has appeared in the BBC series The House of Eliott and The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous. She has also played in the new musical comedy Two's a Crowd.
In the 2007-at Covent Garden she returned to the opera stage to play Fricka in the Ring before appearing at the Metropolitan Opera as Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel. At the Paris Opera she played the Mother in Il Prigioniero.
In 2010-11 in Stuttgart she added the roles of Mme de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmelites and La Contessa de Coigny and Maddelon in Andrea Chenier.