Galina Pavlovna Vishnevskaya (Russian: Гали́на Па́вловна Вишне́вская) (born 25 October 1926) is a Russian soprano opera singer and recitalist who was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1966. Vishnevskaya was born in Leningrad. She made her professional stage debut in 1944 singing operetta. After a year studying with Vera Nikolayevna Garina, she won a competition held by the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (with Rachmaninoff's song "O, Do Not Grieve" and Verdi's aria "O patria mia" from Aida) in 1952. The next year, she became a member of the Bolshoi Theatre. The diva made many recordings, including Eugene Onegin (1956 and 1970), Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death (1961 and 1976), Britten's War Requiem (with Sir Peter Pears and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, conducted by the composer; 1963), The Poet's Echo (1968), Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov (1970 and 1987), Puccini's Tosca (1976), Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades (with Regina Resnik, 1976), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (1978), Tchaikovsky's Iolanta (with Nicolai Gedda, 1984), and Prokofiev's War and Peace (1986)... With
Norman Bailey (bass-baritone) as Macbeth.
Lyrics & English translation
Light is languishing, the beacon that eternally Moves in the vast heavens is dying away! O desired night, you providentially veil The guilty hand which is going to strike the blow... New crime! It is necessary! The fatal deed must be done. The dead do not care to reign; Let them rest in eternal peace! Oh voluptuous pleasure of the throne! Oh scepter, finally you are mine! Every mortal desire Is silenced and assuaged by you. He who was predicted king Will soon fall lifeless...
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