Following her studies at the conservatory in her native St. Petersburg, Marina Prudenskaya was engaged by the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow. In 2000, she changed to the Staatstheater Nuremberg, where she went on to acquire numerous roles of her repertoire. In addition to several other awards, she won the German ARD music competition in 2003.

From 2005 until 2007, she was a member of the ensemble at Deutsche Oper Berlin, followed by a period as an ensemble member at the Stuttgart State Opera. Since 2013, Marina Prudenskaya is a member of the ensemble at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, performing roles including Herodias/Salome, Venus/Tannhäuser, Komponist/Ariadne auf Naxos, Gertrud/Hansel and Gretel, Eboli/Don Carlos, Azucena/Il trovatore, Lady Macbeth/Macbeth, Néris/Medea, as well as The Euphrat in Widmann’s Babylon.

Marina Prudenskaya is a welcome guest at the most renowned houses and festivals worldwide, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Azucena/Il trovatore), Teatro Real de Madrid, Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Zurich Opera (Gertrud u. Witch/Hansel and Gretel), Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Preziosilla/La forza del destino), Bavarian State Opera Munich (Octavian/Der Rosenkavalier), State Opera Hamburg (Amneris/Aida), Nationaltheater Mannheim (Eboli/Don Carlos), Opera Vlaanderen Antwerpen (Lady Macbeth/Macbeth), and Washington National Opera, as well as the Bayreuth Festival (Fricka/Walküre, Waltraute/Götterdämmerung), and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
She collaborated with conductors, such as, Daniel Barenboim, Philippe Jordan, Christian Thielemann, Mariss Jansons, Hartmut Haenchen, Marek Janowski, Simone Young, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Harding, Sebastian Weigle, Plácido Domingo, Paolo Carignani, and Markus Poschner.

In addition, Marina Prudenskaya is very sought after after as a concert artist. Highlights include Verdi‘s  Messa da Requiem with the Berlin Philharmonic and under the baton of Mariff Jansons at the Salzburg Easter Festival, Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Philippe Jordan at Wiener Konzerthaus, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Vladimir Jurowski Bolshoi Theater Moscow, Berlioz‘ Les nuits d’été at Philharmonie Dresden, as well as Verdi’s Requiem with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, each under the baton of Marek Janowski. Furthermore, she sang concerts i.a. at the Philharmonie am Gasteig Munich, Philharmonie Cologne, Musikverein Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

In recent seasons she has sung Herodias/Salome at the Vienna State Opera, Azucena/Il Trovatore at the Cologne and Leipzig operas, Amneris in the new production of Aida at the Grand-Théâtre de Genève, as well as Mary in Der Fliegende Holländers in Bayreuth and at the Bavarian State Opera. In addition, Prudenskaya sang the composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Waltraute and Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried, and for the first time the role of Kundry in Parsifal. Last season, 2022/23, she was very popular in the sympohonic repertoire. Among others, she sang Schnittke's Faust Cantata in Rome, Missa Solemnis in Hamburg and Verdi's Requiem in Houston.

In the upcoming season 2023/24 Marina Prudenskaya will take on a variety of roles.  Among them at the Staatsoper unter den Linden: Herodias in Salome, Neris in Médée, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Ortrud in Lohengrin and Marfa in Khovanshchina. In addition, she will be heard as Fricka (Das Rheigold) at the Royal Opera House in London and as Mescalina (Le Grand Macabre) at the Vienna State Opera.

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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. B minor mass
  Christmas Oratorio
  Mass in A major
  Mass in F major
  St. John Passion
  St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Symphony no 9
  Mass C major
  Missa solemnis
Berlioz Les nuits d’été
  Romeo et Juliette (Symph dramatique)
Brahms Rhapsodie Op. 53 (für eine Altstimme und Männerchor)
Coerper, Helmut Stimme im Dunkeln
Dvorak Requiem
  Stabat Mater
Elgar Sea Pictures, Op. 37
de Falla El amor brujo
  Siete Canciones populares Espanolas
Granados Tonadillas
Händel Dettingen Te Deum
  Dixit Dominus
Hartmann Sinfonie Nr.1 “Versuch eines Requiems”
Honneger Le Roi David
Ligeti Fünf Arany Lieder(Janos Arany)
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
  Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  Symphony no 2
  Symphony no 3
Maxwell Davies, P. Canticum Canticorum
Mendelssohn Elias
Mozart Coronation Mass C major
  Mass C minor
  Mass G major
  Missa brevis
Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death
Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Peter, Maxwell Davies Canticum Canticorum (2001)
Prokofiev Alexander Nevski
  Iwan Grosny/Iwan der Schreckliche
von Reznicek Vier Bet-und Bussgesänge
Schmidt Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln
Schnittke Seid nüchtern und wachet
Schostakowitsch From Jewish Folk Poetry op. 79
  Six poems of Marina Zwetajewa op.143
  Spanish Songs
Schumann Frauenliebe und -leben
Skrjabin, A. N. Symphony no 1
Tschaikowski Kantate "Moskva"
  Ode "K radosti" (Zur Freude)
Verdi Requiem
Vivaldi Gloria
Wagner Französische Lieder
Weinberg, M. Aus Poesie Petöfis Op. 70

Repertoire Opera

Bellini I Capuleti i e Montecchi Romeo
  Norma Adalgisa
Berg Wozzek Marie
Bizet Carmen Carmen
Boesmans Wintermärchen Paulina
Britten Peter Grimes Auntie
Dargomyschski Rusalka Die Fürstin
Giordano Andrea Chénier Bersi
Glinka Ruslan & Ludmila Ratmir
Gluck Iphigenie in Aulis Klytemnestra (French&German)
  Orpheus und Eurydike Orpheus (Wiener Fassung, Ital.)
Händel Alcina Bradamante
  Ariodante Ariodante
  Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno Disinganno
Humperdink Hänsel und Gretel Gertrud
Lortzing Der Wildschütz Die Gräfin
Meyerbeer Margherita d’Anjou Isaura
Mozart Così fan tutte Dorabella
  Die Zauberflöte 3. Dame
  Le nozze di Figaro Cherubino
  Lucio Silla Cecilio
Mussorgsky Boris Godunov Marina
  Chowantschina Marfa
Nicolai Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Frau Reich
Offenbach Les contes d'Hoffmann La Muse / Nicklausse
Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites Mère Marie
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Zita
  Madama Butterfly Suzuki
  Suor Angelica La zia principessa
Purcell Dido and Aenaes Dido
    First Witch
Rimski-Korsakov The Snow Maiden Lel, Spring
  The Tsar's Bride Ljubascha
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Rosina
  L’equivoco stravagante Ernestina
  Semiramide Arsace
Shostakovich Lady Macbeth von Mzensk Sonetka (Ger.&Russ.)
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Prinz Orlofsky
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos Komponist
  Der Rosenkavalier Octavian
  Salome Herodias
Stravinsky Le Rossignol Die Köchin
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Larina
  Pique Dame Polina
Verdi Aida Amneris
  Don Carlos Eboli
  Il trovatore Azucena
  La forza del destino Preziosilla
  La traviata Flora
  Luisa Miller Federica
  Macbeth Lady Macbeth
  Nabucco Fenena
  Rigoletto Maddalena
  Un ballo in maschera Ulrica
Vivaldi Orlando Furioso Alcina
Wagner Das Rheingold Erda
  Der fliegende Holländer Mary
  Die Walküre Fricka
  Götterdämmerung 1. Norn
    2. Norn
  Siegfried Erda
  Tannhäuser Venus
  Tristan und Isolde Brangäne
Widmann Babylon The Euphrat


The Khovansky case 
Mussorgsky's magnificent Chowanschtschina will be performed by a BOM triple cast at the Staatsoper unter den Linden starting on the 2nd of June 2024. Led in the title role by Mika Kares as Prince Ivan Khovansky, other roles will be performed by Marina Prudenskaya as Marfa and Johan Krogius as Streshnev, as well as George Gagnizde as Boyar Shaklovity, Stephan Rügamer as Vasily Golitsyn and Taras Shtonda as Dosifey.
In this production, based on the version by Dmitri Schostakowitsch and Igor Stravinsky, Claus Guth pays particular attention to the different worlds of the individual personalities and thus gives the audience the opportunity to experience history beyond the political events and power games. Together with Simone Young's conducting, this results in an all-encompassing staging of history that represents ‘the past in the present’.

Further performance dates:
06./ 09. / 13. / 16. / 23.06

For more information about the production:
Wagner weekly 
This spring, Marina Prudenskaya will face several Wagner parts.
At the Greek National Opera in Athens, she will take on the role of Fricka in “die Walküre”. 
From the 10th of March she can be heard there under the direction of Roland Kluttig.  
Shortly afterwards, she will return to Berlin, where she will appear as 1st Norne in two performances of "Götterdämmerung" at the Staatsoper under the musical direction of Philippe Jordan and in a production by Dmitri Tcherniakov on the 24th of March and 1st of April.
The impressive journey through Wagner's operatic world will conclude on 14 April with performances of "Lohengrin" and her debut as Ortrud under the direction of Alexander Soddy and in Calixto Bieito's production.

For more information and exact performance dates:
"modern masterpiece" at the Wiener Staatsoper
After a successful start to the season with Wagner's "Rheingold" at the ROH in London, Marina Prudenskaya is returning to the Wiener Staatsoper.
There she will premiere on the 11th of November in a production by Jan Lauwers and under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado as Mescalina in Ligeti's "modern masterpiece" "Le Grand Macabre".

Further information and performance dates:
Season start at the ROH in London
Marina Prudenskaya begins her 23/24 season with a new production of Wagner’s “Rheingold” by Barrie Kosky. Under the musical direction of Antonio PAppano she will portray the role of Fricka, together with Christopher Maltman as Wotan and Christopher Purves as Alberich at the Royal Opera House in London. 
(Premiere: September 11th, further performances: September 14th, 17th, 20th, 23rd, 26th, 29th)


Verdi requiem / Houston Symphony / 21.09.2022 /

...the superb Prudenskaya... 

Parsifal / Opéra de Paris / 26.05.2022 /

...die glänzende Kundry der Marina Prudenskaya... 

Salome / Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin / 06.12.19 /

"verkörpert eine elegante, glutvoll strahlende, selbstbewusste, viel Mutterliebe verströmende Azucena" 

Salome / Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin / 06.12.19 /

"her deep, bronzed mezzo very well suited to the part" 

Macbeth / Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen / 24.06.19 /

"Mit höchster Intensität erfüllt sie die Höchstschwierigkeiten ihrer Partie" 

CD Review: Verdi's Messa da Requiem / 03.19 /

"with her rich, warm timbre and considerable artistry, conveys movingly sacred expression" 

Babylon / Staatsoper Unter den Linden / 12.03.19 /

"das absolute Ass dieser Aufführung" 

Babylon / Staatsoper Unter den Linden / 10.03.19 /

"verkörpert den Euphrat als dramatische Urgewalt" 

Medea / Staatsoper Unter den Linden / 13.10.18 /

"die vielleicht vollkommenste Leistung" 

Medea / Staatsoper Unter den Linden / 09.10.18 /

"Der wiederum steht die hochmelodische Marina Prudenskaya als Néris musikalisch tröstend zur Seite" 

Medea / Staatsoper Unter den Linden / 08.10.18 /

"ein Wunder an schöner Ebenmäßigkeit, Wärme und Wohllaut" 

Salome / Staatsoper Unter den Linden / 14.03.18 /

"stimmlich treffsicher" 

Salome / Staatsoper Unter den Linden / 08.03.18 /

"stellt die Mutter Herodias mit tiefgründigem Mezzosopran dar" 

Hänsel und Gretel / Staatsoper Unter den Linden / 09.12.17 /

"made a vivid impression" 

Hänsel und Gretel / Staatsoper Unter den Linden / 09.12.17 /

"singt und spielt die Mutter mit vollem Einsatz" 

Hänsel und Gretel / Staatsoper Unter den Linden / 08.12.17 /

"überzeugten gesanglich voll und ganz" 

Hänsel und Gretel / Staatsoper Unter den Linden / 08.12.17 /

"Ein Wuchtweib mit Elektra-Stimme" 

Aida / Washington National Opera / 12.09.17 /

"Prudenskaya's heated performance ignited both music and text" 

Don Carlo / Opernhaus Zürich / 29.11.16 /

"Sie macht die Zerrissenheit der Figur auch sängerisch glaubhaft" 

Götterdämmerung / Bayreuther Festspiele / 01.08.16 /

"einer der Höhepunkte des Abends" 

Die Zarenbraut / Staatsoper Berlin / 04.04.16 /

 "scharf auflodernd in der schallkräftigen Höhe " 

Die Zarenbraut / Staatsoper Berlin / 04.04.16 / 

"eine hochdramatische Passion" 

Ariadne auf Naxos / Staatsoper Berlin / 18.06.15 / 

"mit üppig strömender, in den Höhen leidenschaftlich aufflammender Mezzosopran-Fülle" 

Ariadne auf Naxos / Staatsoper Berlin / 17.06.15 / 

"a jaw-droppingly good performance" 

Wozzeck / Staatsoper Berlin / 06.03.15 / 

"breathtaking beauty" 

Tannhäuser / Staatsoper Berlin / 20.04.14 / 

"properly voluptuous and musically secure" 

Il trovatore / Staatsoper Berlin / 15.12.13 /


Il trovatore / Staatsoper Berlin / 02.12.13 /

 "Überragend, diese Sängerin!" 
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