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Elena Obraztsova

Singer details:

Voice: Mezzo
Nationality: Russian
Year of Birth: 1939
Year of Death: 2015

About Elena Obraztsova:

Elena Vasiliyevna Obraztsova (Russian: Елена Васильевна Образцова; 7 July 1939 – 12 January 2015) was a Russian mezzo-soprano. She was awarded the People's Artist of the USSR in 1976.

As a child, Obraztsova lived in Leningrad through the severe long siege (more than 870 days) during World War II. In 1948, at the age of nine, she began singing in the children's chorus of the Pioneers Palace in Leningrad.

From 1954-57, she studied in the Tchaikovsky musical college in Taganrog and frequently participated in concerts onstage of Taganrog Theatre. From 1957 to 1958, Obraztsova studied in Rostov on Don's music school. In August 1958, Obraztsova passed the examinations and became a student at the Leningrad Conservatory. In 1963 she was invited to perform in a Bolshoi Theater production of Boris Godunov in Moscow. Her introduction to the opera houses of Europe and the world was a recital in the Salle Pleyel in Paris.

She played many roles throughout her career, including performances under the baton of such leading conductors as Claudio Abbado and Herbert von Karajan. In December 1977 she opened the 200th opera season in La Scala singing Don Carlos's Eboli with Abbado as conductor. She first performed in New York in 1976, in Aida, and was called a "major artist" in reviews.

In 1978, she played the title role of Carmen opposite Plácido Domingo in Franco Zeffirelli's television production of the opera. She also appeared as Santuzza in Zeffirelli's film version of Cavalleria rusticana in 1982. In her career she performed in operas with many other well-known opera singers of her generation: Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Ingvar Wixell. She sang Carmen opposite Placido Domingo in Franco Zeffirelli’s film of the Bizet opera, and appeared in Don Carlos with Domingo and Margaret Price.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Marina's Aria Popularity:

Opera: Boris GodunovComposer: MussorgskyAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Russian

Roles:
2Casta diva Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
3Voi lo sapete, o mamma Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.12

Type: aria,duetVoice: S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Santuzza/Lucia
4Che v'agita cosi? Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14-2

Type: trioVoice: cA S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica/Amelia/Riccardo
5Sul suo capo aggravi un Dio Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Giovanna
6A lui vivo la tomba Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Ramfis
7Io son l'umile ancella Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana
8La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
9Tu vedrai che amore in terra Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
10Teco io sto Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo
11Viva Nabucco! Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

Type: ensemble,choir,finaleVoice: Br S Mz T BLanguage: Italian

Roles:
12O cieli azzurri Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
13Solo un pianto Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Néris
14Oh! dischiuso e il firmamento Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fenena
15Presentarti alla Duchessa Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Walter/Federica/Wurm/Luisa
16Tu tu amore tu? Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
17In braccio al mio rival Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Ferrando/Azucena
18Vieni sul crin ti piovano Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
19Son la vecchia Madelon Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Madelon
20Ben io t'invenni Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille
21O patria mia Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
22E scherzo od e follia Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.20

Type: quartet,choirVoice: B B cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Samuel/Tom/Ulrica/Riccardo
23Gia i sacerdoti adunansi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
24Deh! fratelli perdonate Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-1

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S B T T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Zaccaria/Ismaele/Abdallo/Fenena
25Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Radames
26Su del Nilo al sacro lido 2 Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Aida
27Non risponde Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.11-2

Type: Voice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana/Princess
28Condotta ell'era in ceppi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
29Tacea la notte placida Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
30In quegli sguardi impresso Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.25

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Enrico
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