Winner of the 1999 International Elena Obraztsova Young Opera Singers Competition and the 1998 International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition of Operatic Singers, Russian soprano Lyubov Petrova trained at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and on the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
She has since performed regularly on the world’s most esteemed stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Teatro Real, Madrid, Los Angeles Opera, Paris Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the Palau de les Arts, Valencia, Dallas Opera, The Dutch Opera and Austin Lyric Opera.
Some of her past roles include Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), the title role of Massenet’s Manon, Gilda (Rigoletto), Elvira (I Puritani), Violetta (La Traviata) and Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), for which she received outstanding reviews: “She is nothing short of sensational… As Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, she sings incredibly, acts equally superbly and makes a stunning presence whether flirting, making love or lamenting a tragedy. In her début with the company, Petrova mesmerizes audiences so much they are tempted to give her standing ovations in the middle of this performance of Handel's work.” The Post Standard, CNY Weekend and Stars.
Last season, Petrova sang the title role of Roméo et Juliette at Dallas Opera and for her début at The Dutch Opera. She also sang the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at Pittsburgh Opera and at Opera Lyra Ottawa.
Highlights of the current season include the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at both Washington National Opera and Austin Lyric Opera, L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Teatro Real, Madrid, and Sophie of Der Rosenkavalier in her début with the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia. Future engagements include Gilda of Rigoletto at Pittsburgh Opera, as well as a return to the Metropolitan Opera, New York.