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Irina Bogacheva (Mezzo soprano)

Awards include:
Prizewinner of the International Vocal competition in Rio de Janeiro
(Grand Prize and Gold Medal, 1967);
Honoured Artist of Russia (1970);
People‘s Artist of Russia (1974);
People‘s Artist of USSR (1976);
The USSR State Award (1984).

Joined the Mariinsky theatre (Kirov Opera) in 1963. Irina Bogacheva (mezzo-soprano) is a world-famous singer. To list some of her titles: people’s Artist of Soviet Union, leading soloist of the Mariinsky theatre, Professor of Saint-Petersburg conservatory, chief of Department of solo singing. Has graduated from Leningrad State Conservatory where studied under professor A.  Levando. Has undergone apprenticeship under professor Barra at La Scala in Milan, Italy in the period 1968-1970. Having won the Glinka Competition while still a student, she has been invited to work at the Mariinsky Theatre where she has remained a soloist until today. At the Mariinsky she has performed a number of leading roles for mezzo-soprano in the operas of G.  Bizet, G. Verdi, M. Mussorgski, N. Rimsky-Korsakov, P. Tchaikovsky, S. Prokofiev and others. Her most outstanding roles are the nametitle in Bizet’s “Carmen”, Amneris in Verdi’s “Aida” and Liubasha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s bride”.

A fantastic combination of the most beautiful voice, an impeccable vocal technique and immense acting mastery makes all her public appearances unforgettable. Her opera repertory is immense. She has performed all major parts for mezzo-soprano on most important stages of the world, such as the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Bastille, La Scala, Teatro Colon, San-Francisco Opera and many others. The singer tours extensively with solo recitals in Norway, France, China, Spain, Japan, Korea, UK, Germany, Italy etc.

Her remarkable pedagogical output is worth mentioning; she is many years a professor of Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory. A few talented singers exploring the world’s stages today had studied under her guidance; the now widely recognized Olga Borodina can alone prove of significant contribution of her teacher to the world’s opera culture. Today her former and actual students; Olga Savova, Elena Vitman, Natalia Evstafieva, Yuri Ivshin, Natalia Biriukova, Yulia Simonova, Maria Litke and Olesia Petrova are performing on stages of the major opera theatres of Saint-Petersburg – the Mariinsky and the Mussorgsky.

Irina Bogacheva has been granted Government awards, appointed an Honorary citizen of Saint-Petersburg, granted important insignia “In recognition of merit to Motherland” of III cat. and “the Vernadsky Star” of II cat.



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