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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
91Pieta ti prenda del mio dolor Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amneris
92Werther rien! Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 4.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: French

Roles: Werther/Charlotte
93Bonjour grande soeur Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.02

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: French

Roles: Sophie/Charlotte
94Presentarti alla Duchessa Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Walter/Federica/Wurm/Luisa
95Ah! ses yeux se ferment Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 4.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
96S'oda or me Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08

Type: quartetVoice: Br Mz B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco/Fenena/Zaccaria/High priest
97Principessa finalmente Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maurizio/Princess
98In quegli sguardi impresso Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.25

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Enrico
99Va la palma del martirio Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-1

Type: duetVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaccaria/Fenena
100E fia vero? Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Balthazar/Fernand
101Son la vecchia Madelon Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Madelon
102Werther est de retour Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Albert/Charlotte
103Des cris joyeux d'enfants Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.01-3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte
104Lo vedeste fulminando Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: recitative,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna
105Deh! fratelli perdonate Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-1

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

Roles: Anna/Zaccaria/Ismaele/Abdallo/Fenena
106Mais vous ne savez rien Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 1.12-3

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
107Amici ancor cantiam Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.05-1

Type: choirVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
108Trois mois voici trois mois Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Albert/Charlotte
109Ah! qu'il est loin ce jour Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 2.07-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
110Viva Nabucco! Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

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

Roles:
111Non Charlotte je meurs Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 4.06-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
112Ah! moi dans ses bras Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.07-5

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
113Se pourrait-il que sur son coeur Popularity:

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

Type: sceneVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
114Gloire à Dagon Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: High Priest/Dalila
115Turiddu?! Che vuoi dire? Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.22

Type: duet,choirVoice: cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Santuzza
116Ecco respiro appena Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana
117Su del Nilo al sacro lido 2 Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Aida
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