In 1992 Olga Borodina made her highly acclaimed European debut in London at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, sharing the stage with Placido Domingo in Samson and Delilah. These performances launched her international career. Covent Garden invited her back in La Cenerentola and as Marguérite in La damnation de Faust with Sir Colin Davis. Miss Borodina returned to Covent Garden as Marina in Boris Godunov in the autumn of 2003 and as Khovanchina in the summer of 2005. In 1997 Miss Borodina made her Salzburg Festival début in Boris Godunov and returned in 1999, 2001 & 2003 for Eboli in Don Carlos. At La Scala Milan Miss Borodina sang the Principessa in Adriana Lecouvreur in 1999 and returned as Delilah together with Domingo in 2002. At the Paris Opera Miss Borodina has sung Carmen and Eboli and in Boris Godunov.
Miss Borodina made her American début in 1995 in San Francisco in La Cenerentola, returning there for her first Carmen in 1996, The Tzar's Bride in 2000, Samson and Delilah in 2001, Italiana in Algerie in September 2005 and Delilah in 2006. Miss Borodina made her long awaited Metropolitan Opera début in Boris Godunov in 1997 and returned to the Metropolitan Opera for the opening night of the 1998/99 season in Samson and Delilah with Placido Domingo and James Levine. Subsequent engagements at the Metropolitan Opera have included Amneris in Aida, Carmen, Delilah in Samson and Delilah and Isabella in Italiana in Algerie. Miss Borodina sang her first Giocconda at the Met in 06/07, followed by long awaited performances of Eboli in Don Carlos. In 07/08 she performed Amneris in Aida and Carmen at the Met and Delilah in San Francisco. The 08/09 season saw her return to the Met as Gioconda and the Principessa in Adriana Lecouvreur together with Placido Domingo, and she will return next season in La damnation de Faust and Carmen.
Her concert appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under James Levine at Carnegie Hall have included the Verdi Requiem, Shéhérazade and La mort de Cleopatre. Other concert engagements have included Songs and Dances of Death, Romeo et Juliette, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Pulcinella, Ivan the Terrible and Alexander Nevsky, appearing with the world's greatest orchestras and conductors. She has performed Songs and Dances of Death at the Proms with Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, at the Bastille with Conlon, with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Rostropovich in Amsterdam and at the Royal Festival Hall London.
Highlights in 2006/07 were performances of the Verdi Requiem with Maestro Muti in London, Ravenna and Rome and Songs and Dances of Death with the Orchestre National de France. This season Miss Borodina performed and recorded the Verdi Requiem in Cologne with the Westdeutsche Rundfunk Orchestra and Maestro Bychkov. Highlights of the 08/09 season were concerts of Romeo and Juliette with Maestro Muti and the Bayerische Rundfunk, the Verdi Requiem conducted by Muti with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France and by Pappano at Covent Garden and Birmingham, and a recording of Damnation with the RSO Vienna and Bertrand de Billy.
Miss Borodina has appeared in recital in, amongst many other venues, London (Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre), Milan (La Scala), Vienna (Konzerthaus), San Francisco (Davies Hall), Rome (Accademia di Santa Cecilia), Geneva (Grand Théatre), Hamburg (Staatsoper), Paris (Théatre des Champs Elysées), Barcelona (Liceu), Madrid (National Concert Hall) and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In 2001 Miss Borodina made her Carnegie Hall Recital début with James Levine as accompanist. She returned in recital in May 2004, as well as for a duet recital with her husband, the bass Ildar Abdrazakov, in April 2006. She returned in recital to La Scala, Madrid and Lisbon in 08/09.
Miss Borodina's releases on the Philips Classics label include: Khovanchina, Pique Dame, War and Peace, Prince Igor, Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin, La Forza del Destino, Don Carloss, Rachmaninov's Vespers, Stravinsky's Pulcinella and Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette, working with Valeri Gergiev, Bernard Haitink and Sir Colin Davis. On the Erato label she recorded Samson et Delilah opposite José Cura with Sir Colin Davis. Her solo recital recordings, all under the Philips Classics label, are Tchaikovsky, Songs of Desire, Bolero and an album of Opera Arias with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and Carlo Rizzi. Other releases have included Verdi's Requiem with Gergiev, Aida with Harnoncourt and the Vienna Pilharmonic and Berlioz's La mort de Cleopatre for Decca from live concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic and Gergiev. Philips Classics recently released a double album "A Portrait of Miss Borodina" with a collection of songs and arias.
Miss Borodina was awarded People's Artist of Russia in 2002, and is the recipient of the State Prize of Russia 2007, the highest honor in Russia.