Lyubov Kazarnovskaya. “Hot soprano” Russian Opera
The first and so far the only Russian singer who plays the part of Salome from the opera by Richard Strauss on opera scenes around the world. The singer, at the very beginning of her career, was awarded an invitation to Salzburg from Herbert von Karajan. The first opera diva who recorded all 103 Tchaikovsky ballads on CD. Creative biography of Lyubov Kazarnovskaya – continuous discoveries and experiments.
Heard Callas, remained Kazarnovskoy
Violet, Salome, Tosca, Leonora, Amelia … Lyubov Kazarnovskaya has more than fifty female names on the stage. The first one is Tatiana. It was in the role of Tatiana in the opera “Eugene Onegin” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky that the singer debuted while still a student on the stage of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater.
A girl from an intelligent Moscow family (father-general, mother-philologist) sang from childhood and after school went straight to the faculty of actors of the Gnesinka musical theater, leaving thoughts of a philologist’s career. She learned from the teacher Nadezhda Malysheva-Vinogradova, student of Stanislavsky and concertmaster Shalyapin, to understand the beauty of Russian classics. In 1982, Kazarnovskaya graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, and three years later – graduate school in the class of singer Elena Shumilova.
Even at the conservatory, the aspiring actress heard the recordings of Maria Callas and brought out one life rule for herself: “It is better to be the first Kazarnovskaya than the twenty-fifth Callas”. And became the first.
“So, she was called Tatiana …”
The young singer completed her education, already speaking at the Bolshoi Theater at the invitation of Yevgeny Svetlanov. The repertoire includes the long-time visiting card of the singer Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Fevronia in The Tale of the Invisible City of Kitezh by Rimsky-Korsakov, Nedda in Payatsy by Leonkavallo.
For three years, Kazarnovskaya was the leading soloist of the Mariinsky Theater, performing all the major parts for soprano, which was only in the repertoire of the Petersburg theater.
Not long in coming, and world recognition. In 1984, Lyubov Kazarnovskaya won a victory in the UNESCO Competition for Young Performers in Bratislava, and Tatiana’s party, which sounded on the stage in Covent Garden London, four years later, brought a real foreign triumph to the singer.
“Her voice is deep and seductively insinuating. The touching, beautifully executed scenes of Tatiana’s letter and her last meeting leave no doubt about the singer’s highest skill, ”this was already after the performance at the Metropolitan Opera wrote The New York Times.
The young Russian singer was invited to Salzburg by Herbert von Karajan. Already being a star in her homeland, Kazarnovskaya performed at Verdi’s Summer Salzburg Festival “Requiem”.
“The Russian diva is so radiant in the role of Salome …”
The foreign press wrote when Lyubov Kazarnovskaya sang the part from the opera of the same name by Richard Strauss – the first and still the only Russian singer who performs this most complex part on opera scenes around the world. She performed it in such a way that even the composer’s grandson after attending the play stated: “Probably, my grandfather meant Kazarnovskaya when writing this opera.” Lyubov Kazarnovskaya is called the best Salome of our day.
With her brilliance with classical works, the singer does not refuse avant-garde projects. She embodied the image of Salome in the modernist production of film director Atom Egoyan.
“For any true artist, adventurism is necessary, since you put your professional status on the map as an actress and singer,” the opera diva is sure.
Children’s children’s repertoire
Lyubov Kazarnovskaya takes care of the world’s only Children’s Opera House, which has existed since 2000 at the Children’s Choir School in Dubna. “The desire of children to conquer is not just to sing, but to fully play its role dramatically,” the singer notes.
Premieres of “Eugene Onegin”, “Iolanta” by Tchaikovsky, “The Snow Maiden” by Rimsky-Korsakov were held. The play “Child and Magic” after the opera by Ravel was performed by the troupe of the Children’s Opera Theater in Moscow, the Moscow Region, Tver and Kimry.
Manon & Manon and other experiments
“Portrait of Manon” on the Bolshoi Theater stage combined in one performance bright fragments of two operas at once – the Italian Manon Lesko by Puccini and the French Manon by Massenet. Lyubov Kazarnovskaya sang at once two parts – for the Italian and the Frenchwoman. The performance was a large international project of the Fund Lyubov Kazarnovskaya with the participation of performers from Russia, Italy, France, Mexico, Sweden and Germany.
The fund named after the opera diva has been working for almost 20 years, organizes concerts of leading masters of vocal art and supports young Russian performers.