After studying singing at the St Petersburg Conservatoire with Yevgenia Gorokhovskaya, and at the same time reading child psychology and teaching at St Petersburg University, Marina Prudenskaya 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.
Her 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 (The Queen of Spades), 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 Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo, Bradamante (Orlando Furioso) and Klytemnesta (Iphigénie en Aulide) before moving into more dramatic territory with the roles of Azucena (Il trovatore), Mere Marie (Dialogues des Carmelites) and Preziosilla (La forza del destino).
In 2005 the Russian mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya joined the Deutsche Oper, Berlin as a principle soloist where her roles included Arsace (Semiramide), Fricka, Waltraute, Erda (Der Ring des Niebelungen), 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 Prudenskaya is a member of the Ensemble of Stuttgart State Opera where she performs in roles like Amneris (Aida), Carmen (Carmen), Adalgisa (Norma), Cecilio (Lucio Silla), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde).In 2009/10 she sang Octavian in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier under the baton of Manfred Honeck and directed by Stefan Herheim.
In demand as a guest artist throughout Germany, Miss Prudenskaya 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; in Pierre Audi’s production of Die Walküre at the Netherlands Opera, in Requiem by G. Ligeti at Opera Lissabon, in a new production of Ring des Niebelungen at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Palau de Les Arts in Valencia under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Miss Prudenskaya made her debut in Tokyo with NHK Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy in a performance of Scriabin’s Symphony No.1. In 2008 she made her debut as Amneris at the Opera Hong-Kong. She also performed as a guest at the Staatstheater Hannover and the Oper Frankfurt.
In 2009-2010 she sang Mari in Fliegender Hollaender at the Netherlands Opera, Flosshilde in Rheingold in Milan's Teatro alla Scala under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, Alcina in Orlando Furioso in Santiago and Verdi's Requiem with Mariss Jansons at Berliner Philarmonie and in Salzburg Festival.
In 2010/11 she will appear in a new production of Il Trionfo Del Tempo e Del Disinganno of Handel, the role of Disinganno, directed by Calixto Bieito. She also will sing Verdi's Requiem in Tokio with New Japan Philharmonic and in Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Amneris at the Hamburg State Opera, Olga in Eugenе Onegin (concert version) in Munich and Luzern with symphony orchestra of Bavarian Broadcasting.