Marina Poplavskaya is a Russian operatic soprano. Her repertoire includes leading roles in operas of the Romantic era; she is particularly known for her performances in the operas of Verdi.
Born in Moscow and educated at the Ippolitov-Ivanov State Music Institute there with professor Peter Tarassov, she sang in the children's chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre from the age of 9. She became a soloist at Moscow's Novaya Opera Theatre, where she performed during 1996–98, and where she was mentored by its founder Yevgeny Kolobov. She performed as a soloist during 2001–2004 at the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre, and debuted at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2003 as Ann Truelove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress; the next year at the Bolshoi she sang Maria in Mazeppa.
In 2005 her association with the Royal Opera, London began when she joined its Young Artists Programme, and in 2006 she received critical acclaim when she sang the title role of Rachel in a London concert performance of Halévy's La Juive. At the Royal Opera she went on to greater prominence from 2007 when she stood in at short notice for Anna Netrebko as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and took on the role of Elisabetta, which had been declined by Angela Gheorghiu, in Nicholas Hytner's new production of Verdi's Don Carlo, which premiered in London in June 2008.