Elena Vasiliyevna Obraztsova (Russian: ????? ?????????? ?????????) (b. in Leningrad, now St Petersburg Russia, on 7 July 1939) is a Russian mezzo-soprano, widely recognised as one of the greatest opera singers of all time, thanks to her outstanding stage presence and the vocal abilities. She has 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. In June 2007 Obraztsova was appointed artistic director of opera at the Mikhaylovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. She also trains young soloists in her own cultural center in St. Petersburg. Obraztsova still appears regularly on stage at the Mikhailovsky in the role of the Countess in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades. In 2008 Obraztsova ended her artistic director contract with the Mikhailovsky to concentrate on the competition of her name and the recently announced project of International Academy of Music in St Petersburg. Obraztsova continues her collaboration with the Mikhailovsky in a capacity of the General Director's Artistic Advisor...
Lyrics & English Translation
The crackling flame fizzles! the unyielding crowd runs to that fire happy in countenance; Merry shouts echo all around; escorted by guards a woman makes forth! Sombre shines on that terrible faces the gloomy flame that reaches up to the sky! The crackling flame fizzles! The victim arrives, clad in black, half-dressed, barefoot! A ferocious cry of death rises. the echo repeats it all along the cliffs! Sombre shines on that terrible faces the gloomy flame that reaches up to the sky!
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Stride la vampa! - la folla indomita Corre a quel fuoco - lieta in sembianza; Urli di gioia - intorno echeggiano: Cinta di sgherri - donna s'avanza! Sinistra splende - sui volti orribili La tetra fiamma - che s'alza al ciel!
Stride la vampa! - giunge la vittima Nerovestita, - discinta e scalza! Grido feroce - di morte levasi; L'eco il ripete - di balza in balza! Sinistra splende - sui volti orribili La tetra fiamma - che s'alza al ciel!
English Libretto or Translation:
AZUCENA The flame crackles! The unrestrained mob runs to that fire, their faces all happy! Shouts of joy re?echo around; surrounded by killers, a woman comes forward! Sinister, shining on the horrible faces, the ghastly flame rises, rises towards heaven! The flame crackles! The victim arrives, dressed in black, dishevelled, barefoot! A fierce shout of death is raised, its echo repeated from hill to hill! Sinister, shining, etc.