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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
2Va la palma del martirio Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-1

Type: duetVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaccaria/Fenena
3Werther rien! Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 4.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: French

Roles: Werther/Charlotte
4Che v'agita cosi? Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: cA S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica/Amelia/Riccardo
5Re dell'abisso affrettati Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica
6Tu qui, Santuzza? Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Santuzza
7Deh! vieni non tardar Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
8Bonjour grande soeur Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.02

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: French

Roles: Sophie/Charlotte
9O ma lyre immortelle Popularity:

Opera: SapphoComposer: GounodAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Sapho
10Oh! Il Signore vi manda Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.16-1

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Santuzza/Alfio
11Je viens celebrer la victoire Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: trioVoice: T Mz BrLanguage: French

Roles: Samson/Dalila/High Priest
12Manrico? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruiz/Manrico
13Finisci il vaticinio Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.21

Type: septet,choir,finaleVoice: T Br S cA B B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Renato/Oscar/Ulrica/Silvano/Samuel/Tom
14La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
15O don fatale o don crudel Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli
16Acerba volutta Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Princess
17Les oiseaux dans la charmille (Doll Song) Popularity:

Opera: Contes d'Hoffmann, LesComposer: OffenbachAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Olympia
18Mira o Norma Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.05-1

Type: duetVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
19Casta diva Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
20Solo un pianto Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Néris
21S'oda or me Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08

Type: quartetVoice: Br Mz B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco/Fenena/Zaccaria/High priest
22Quando m'en vo (Musetta's Waltz) Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Musetta/Alcindoro/Mimì/Rodolfo/Colline/Marcello/Schaunard
23Principessa finalmente Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maurizio/Princess
24Son la vecchia Madelon Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Madelon
25Beato voi, compar Alfio Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.09

Type: trioVoice: cA Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Alfio/Santuzza
26O mio Fernando Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Léonor
27O mio babbino caro Popularity:

Opera: Gianni SchicchiComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lauretta
28Ou va la jeune hindoue (Bell Song) Popularity:

Opera: LakméComposer: DelibesAct: 2.08-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Lakmé
29Je veux vivre (Juliet's Waltz) Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Juliette
30Ah! pensate che rivolti Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanna/Enrico
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