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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
1Beato voi, compar Alfio Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.09

Type: trioVoice: cA Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Alfio/Santuzza
2Che v'agita cosi? Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: cA S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica/Amelia/Riccardo
3Je viens celebrer la victoire Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: trioVoice: T Mz BrLanguage: French

Roles: Samson/Dalila/High Priest
4Finisci 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
5Se pourrait-il que sur son coeur Popularity:

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

Type: sceneVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
6Lo vedeste fulminando Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: recitative,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna
7Deh! fratelli perdonate Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-1

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

Roles: Anna/Zaccaria/Ismaele/Abdallo/Fenena
8Werther rien! Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 4.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: French

Roles: Werther/Charlotte
9Mais vous ne savez rien Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 1.12-3

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
10N'achevez pas! Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.07-4

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
11Salvator della patria Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/King of Egypt
12Deh! rallentate o barbari Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Count
13Ah! qu'il est loin ce jour Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 2.07-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
14Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
15Ah! ses yeux se ferment Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 4.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
16Giunse alfin il momento Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.09

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
17Che veggo..egli..mio padre Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amonasro/Amneris
18Pieta ti prenda del mio dolor Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amneris
19Principessa finalmente Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maurizio/Princess
20E fia vero? Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Balthazar/Fernand
21Bonjour grande soeur Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.02

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: French

Roles: Sophie/Charlotte
22Sul suo capo aggravi un Dio Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Giovanna
23Werther est de retour Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Albert/Charlotte
24A lui vivo la tomba Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Ramfis
25Non Charlotte je meurs Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 4.06-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
26Presentarti alla Duchessa Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Walter/Federica/Wurm/Luisa
27In braccio al mio rival Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Ferrando/Azucena
28Vieni sul crin ti piovano Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
29Il faut nous séparer Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 1.12-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
30Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Radames
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