Galina Vishnevskaya

(b. 1926)

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(b Leningrad, 1926).

Russ. soprano. Sang at Leningrad Operetta Th. 1944–8, then opera début, Leningrad 1950 in Strelnikov's Kholopka. Joined Bolshoy Opera 1952. Débuts: NY Met 1961; CG 1962; La Scala 1964; Salzburg Fest. 1975. Fine dramatic singer. Wife of Rostropovich, whom she married 1955 and with whom she left USSR. Sop. part of Britten's War Requiem, 1962, written for her, but she did not sing at f.p. in Coventry. Gave f.p. of Britten's The Poet's Echo, Moscow 1965. Shostakovich dedicated his 7 Romances, Op.127, to her (f.p. Moscow 1967) and she sang soprano part in f.p. of his 14th Sym., Leningrad 1969. Sang title‐role in first recording of orig. version of Shostakovich's The Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. Retired from opera 1982. Autobiography Galina (1984).

Subjects: Opera.

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