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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
1Riedi al soglio Popularity:

Opera: ZelmiraComposer: RossiniAct:

Type: aria,choirVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zelmira
2Trois mois voici trois mois Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Albert/Charlotte
3Il faut nous séparer Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 1.12-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
4Ah! moi dans ses bras Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.07-5

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
5Des cris joyeux d'enfants Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.01-3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte
6Ah! qu'il est loin ce jour Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 2.07-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
7Werther rien! Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 4.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: French

Roles: Werther/Charlotte
8Mais vous ne savez rien Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 1.12-3

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
9N'achevez pas! Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.07-4

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
10Ah! ses yeux se ferment Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 4.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
11Bonjour grande soeur Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.02

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: French

Roles: Sophie/Charlotte
12Non Charlotte je meurs Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 4.06-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
13Va laisse couler mes larmes Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte
14Werther qui m'aurait dit la place Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte
15Werther est de retour Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Albert/Charlotte
16Condotta ell'era in ceppi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
17Tacea la notte placida Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
18Manrico? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruiz/Manrico
19Deh! rallentate o barbari Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Count
20Che piu t'arresti? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Ines
21Stride la vampa Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
22Tu vedrai che amore in terra Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
23In braccio al mio rival Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Ferrando/Azucena
24O ma lyre immortelle Popularity:

Opera: SapphoComposer: GounodAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Sapho
25Gloire à Dagon Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 3.03-3

Type: duetVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: High Priest/Dalila
26Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
27Printemps qui commence Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
28Je viens celebrer la victoire Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: trioVoice: T Mz BrLanguage: French

Roles: Samson/Dalila/High Priest
29Amour viens aider ma faiblesse Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
30Se pourrait-il que sur son coeur Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2.02-4

Type: sceneVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
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