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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
31Tu tu amore tu? Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
32La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
33La luce langue Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
34Re dell'abisso affrettati Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica
35Condotta ell'era in ceppi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
36Giunse alfin il momento Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.09

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
37Salgo gia del trono aurato Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille/High priest
38Va laisse couler mes larmes Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte
39Tu qui, Santuzza? Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Santuzza
40O ma lyre immortelle Popularity:

Opera: SapphoComposer: GounodAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Sapho
41Anch io dischiuso un giorno Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille
42Je vais danser en votre honneur Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
43Gia i sacerdoti adunansi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
44N'achevez pas! Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.07-4

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
45O cieli azzurri Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
46Sgombra e la sacra selva Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adalgisa
47Werther qui m'aurait dit la place Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte
48Amour viens aider ma faiblesse Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
49Fu la sorte dell'armi a tuoi funesta Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-2

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amneris
50Solo un pianto Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Néris
51Il faut nous séparer Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 1.12-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
52Oh! dischiuso e il firmamento Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fenena
53Tu vedrai che amore in terra Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
54Ah! pensate che rivolti Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanna/Enrico
55Salvator della patria Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/King of Egypt
56Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
57L'aborrita rivale a me sfuggia Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
58Oh! Il Signore vi manda Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.16-1

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Santuzza/Alfio
59Manon!..Des Grieux! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier/Lamplighter
60Ben io t'invenni Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille
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