A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, the soprano Tamara Milashkina sang in the Bolshoi Theatre from 1958 to 1989. The effect of her singing on the audience was sometimes purely magical. Apart from her remarkable vocal qualities and perfect mastery of her "instrument", which has always been astonishing for its flexibility and warm timbre, her individuality as a performer is marked by an emotional performance style, sincerity and spiritual "openness". A profound understanding of her heroines' character and her particular romantic flare have enabled Milashkina to produce vivid personifications in the operas of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Verdi, Puccini and Prokofiev. Her interpretation is fresh and artistically convincing and her singing manner, reserved and noble.