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Remembering Rimsky-Korsakov

Today I’d like to remember the glorious Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (06(18) March 1844 – 08(21) June 1908).

Rimsky-Korsakov has left us an enormous musical heritage and has founded a composers school in Saint Petersburg. Over two hundred of his students became famous composers, among them were Glazunov, Grechaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky… The author of 15 operas, magnificent both from the musical and dramaturgical point of view. I’d love to perform a part in each of those, but sadly, not all of them include a part for mezzo-soprano. However, there is an indisputable favorite of mine among those: The Tsar’s Bride, which has been being performed across the globe for over 120 years. I’ve been introduced to Lyubasha’s part long before being admitted into the conservatory; and have fallen in love for life with the image full of sorrow and dramatics, with dark music even during lyrical scenes. During my conservatory studies, my professors and I have broken down and analyzed this whole part. Thus, Lyubasha became my diploma work.

Friends, I promise you a new recording of Lyubasha’s aria very soon, but for now, have a look at this photo!

P.S. Speaking of which, the embroidery of the headwear (kokoshnik), is the result of my own work. Looks really nice, eh?


Dead Field of Prokofiev

Dear friends, the 75th anniversary of the Victory over Fascism. Literally each and every Russian has shared the memories of their relatives, fighting on the battle fronts of the World War II. People are posting photos, reading poems, performing war songs. I have decided to take action in memory of the greatest victory of my country as well, so I’ve recorded Maiden’s arioso from the “Alexander Nevsky” cantata by Sergei Prokofiev. This aria conveys the feeling that I’ve met this celebration with very well – deep grief about millions of deceased. We remember you, we are proud of your heroic deed, lest we forget.

To the 75th anniversary of the Victory

Just in a short while, on the 9th of May, a lot of countries are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2. Nobody is forgotten, nothing is forgotten. The war didn’t bypass our family as well; they are already in Heaven, but I think of their deeds with pride. I’ve recorded this song in memory of the many soldiers who didn’t return home, but are still alive in our hearts.

© Elena Shatokhina