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)...
Lyrics & English translation
Macbeth, you are an ambitious man.
You want to be great, but will you be wicked?
The way to the power is full of crimes,
And plague on him
That begins that way doubting and then goes back.
Come on! Hurry up!
I will fire your cold heart!
I will make you able
To complete the bold undertaking.
The witches promise you
The Scottish throne...
What are you waiting for?
Accept this gift! Ascend it and reign!
Ministers of hell,
Spur mortals to bloodshed!
Enshroud us with thick darkness!
Let the dagger not see the breast it strikes, etc.
Now arise all!
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