The Russian mezzo-soprano, Marina Prudenskaja [Prudenskaya], studied singing at the St Petersburg Conservatoire with Yevgenia Gorokhovskaya, and at the same time reading child psychology and teaching at St Petersburg University. She then went on to win a number of prestigious competitions including the Dvorak Competition (Karlsbad), the Glinka Competition (Samara, Russia), the 52nd ARD International Music Competition (Munich), and first prize at the Moscow Debut Festival for her interpretation of the role of Carmen.
Marina Prudenskaja’s professional career began as a soloist at the famous Stanislavsky Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre in Moscow where her repertoire included classic lyric roles such as Pauline (Pique-Dame), Ratmir (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Olga (Eugene Onegin), culminating in her award-winning performances of Carmen. Moving to the Staatstheater Nürnberg, she added further lyric roles including Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Nicklausse (Les contes d’Hoffmann) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and had the opportunity to explore pre-classical repertoire in roles such as Gluck’s Orfeo, Bradamante (Orlando Furioso) and Klytemnesta (Iphigenie in Aulis) before moving into more dramatic territory with the roles of Azucena (Il trovatore) and Preziosilla (La forza del destino).
In 2005 Marina Prudenskaja joined the Deutsche Oper, Berlin as a principle soloist where her roles included Olga (Eugene Onegin), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Preziosilla (La Forza del destino). She then went on to make her debut in the Bayreuther Festspiele’s new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, as Flosshilde, under Christian Thielemann.
Since 2007 Marina Prudenskaja is a member of the Ensemble of Stuttgart State Opera where she performs in roles like Amneris in Aida, Carmen in Carmen, Adalgisa in Norma, Brangäne in Tristan, Cecilio in Lucio Silla and Rosina in Barbiere. In fall 2009 she gave her acclaimed debut as Octavian in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier (Stefan Herheim/Manfred Honeck). In 2009-2010 season she will be guesting as Mary in Fliegender Holländer in a new production at the Nederlandse Oper in Amsterdam and give her debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milano as Rhinemaiden in Das Rheingold under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. A highlight of this season will be her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Mariss Jansons for the Requiem of G. Verdi in performances in Berlin and Salzburg.
In demand as a guest artist throughout Germany, Marina Prudenskaja had performed in Oper Leipzig’s acclaimed concert performances of Meyerbeer’s Margherita d’Anjou. Other guest roles have included Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera) at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and at the Hamburg State Opera; Erda at the Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden; and internationally as Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus) at Opera de Nice; Ernestina in L`equivoco stravagante at the Pesaro Festival 2008, Flora (La Traviata) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival; and in Pierre Audi’s production of Die Walküre at the Netherlands Opera. In 2006-2007 season she made her debut in Tokyo with NHK Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy in a performance of Scriabin’s Symphony No.1, she also performed as a guest at the Staatstheater Hannover and the Staatstheater Nürnberg.