Elena Obraztsova


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Obraztsova, Elena Vasil’evna

 

Born July 7, 1939, in Leningrad. Soviet Russian mezzo-soprano. People’s Artist of the USSR (1976).

In 1964, Obraztsova graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory, where she had studied voice under A. A. Grigor’eva. In the same year she became a soloist at the Bolshoi Theater. She has sung the role of Marfa in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Liubasha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, and Amneris and Azucena in Verdi’s Aïda and Il Trovatore, respectively. Obraztsova’s roles have also included the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, Dalila in Saint-Saëns’ Samson el Dalila, Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther, and Hélène Bezukhova and Fros’ka in Prokofiev’s War and Peace and Semen Kotko, respectively.

Obraztsova has performed abroad. In 1973 she sang the title role in a new production of Carmen at the Pérez Galdós Theater in Madrid; she also appeared as Carmen in Marseille, Brno, and Plzeft. In 1976 she sang the role of Charlotte at La Scala in Milan.

Obraztsova received the Lenin Prize in 1976 and the Glinka State Prize of the RSFSR in 1973. She received first prize at the Glinka All-Union Competition of Vocalists in 1962, at the R. Vińes International Vocal Competition Festival in Barcelona in 1970, and at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970. Obraztsova has been awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor.

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With Elena Obraztsova, Placido Domingo, Yuri Mazurok, Isabel Buchanan.
Joining Dame Kiri on this year's judging panel are mezzosoprano Elena Obraztsova, tenor Neil Shicoff, baritone Bernd Weikl and chairman Nicholas Payne.
Joining Dame Kiri on this year's panel of judges include mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova, tenor Neil Shicoff, baritone Bernd Weikl and chairman Nicholas Payne.
Her delivery is characterised by great musicality and dramatic sentiment, clearly manifesting the influence of the renowned Russian soprano Elena Obraztsova, whose rigorous training resulted in Depoltova's extensive concertante and operatic range.
Filmed both at La Scala and on location in Sicily in 1981, it features a stellar cast--all in their prime--including Placido Domingo, Teresa Stratas, Elena Obraztsova, Renato Bruson and Juan Pons.
The cranky and domineering grandmother became a comic vignette in the hands of Elena Obraztsova, though the voice is a shadow of that which gave the Met such a thrill as Delilah and Amneris many seasons ago.