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Tamara Sinyavskaya. Noble prima donna

Tamara Sinyavskaya was admitted to an internship at the Bolshoi Theater against all the rules: at a very young age, at 20, and without a conservatory education. A year later, the singer joined the main body of the troupe and performed leading roles, and five years later she performed in the best opera houses in the world.

Not a dancer. Singer
Tamara Sinyavskaya was born in Moscow in 1943. The first concert venues of the young actress were the entrances of old houses. A booming echo spread the most popular songs from movies performed by her on the floors. In the end, the neighbors advised the mother of the little singer to attach the daughter to some circle.

“There was a very beautiful voice, like in a temple. What a sin to conceal, I am even now, going to an unfamiliar staircase, quietly trying to hear a voice. And then, so that my “audience” heard me – children, I gave “concerts” in my yard, ”recalls Tamara Sinyavskaya.

When Tamara Sinyavskaya was six years old, her mother recorded her in the dance group of the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Moscow City Palace of Pioneers. But the girl had no desire to dance, and soon she gave up classes. The future singer returned to the ensemble only three years later – now in its choral composition. She received a rich stage experience: the team often participated in concerts and toured.

On the advice of Vladimir Loktev, the head of the ensemble, in 1961 Sinyavskaya entered the Musical College at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. At the same time she sang in the choir of the Maly Theater, studying dramatic art. To save her voice, she left her hobbies – skis and skates, and she ate ice cream only in summer, when the season closed in the theater. At the final exam in the school she got five plus.

“Best of Olga” of the Bolshoi Theater
After graduation, 20-year-old Tamara Sinyavskaya, secretly from her mother, went to the Bolshoi for a competitive audition. This became a kind of adventure because she was too young and did not have a conservatory education. However, the young singer was invited to the trainee group.

“It was the turn to speak Sinyavskaya. When she went to the piano, everyone exchanged glances and smiled. The whispering began: “Soon from kindergarten we will start taking artists!” – the 20-year-old debutant looked so young. Tamara sang Vanya’s aria from the opera “Ivan Susanin”: “The poor horse fell in the field”. The voice – contralto or low mezzo-soprano – sounded gently, lyrically, even, I would say, with some kind of emotion. The singer clearly entered the role of that distant boy who had warned the Russian army about the approach of the enemy. ”
Alexander Orfenov, head of the opera troupe
The first role of Tamara Sinyavskaya was the Page from the opera “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi. The debut was not quite the way the actress would like: with excitement, she sang her only cue twice as slowly as necessary. When the Bolshoi Theater troupe went on tour to Milan, Sinyavskaya was offered to perform the first big part – Olga from the opera “Eugene Onegin” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This performance was an important event in the career of an aspiring singer: critics and colleagues of Tamara Sinyavskaya recognized her as “the best of Olga”. Sergey Lemeshev (Vladimir Lensky) later said that for many years his hero lacked “just such lovely Olga”, who with her performance united Pushkin and Tchaikovsky.

Another famous role of the singer was the part of Ratmir in the opera Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka. Having performed it, Tamara Sinyavskaya became the soloist of the main troupe of the Bolshoi Theater.

Alexander Orfenov, head of the opera troupe, recalled that already at this young age Tamara Sinyavskaya stood out among her peers with a “sense of high professionalism”: “Twice in one season Tamara had to risk, speaking in those parties that although she had“ heard “But she didn’t know them well. So, impromptu, she performed two roles in Vano Muradeli’s opera “October” – Natasha and the Countess ”.

In the late 60s, Tamara Sinyavskaya began touring with the Bolshoi Theater. Her European debut took place in Paris. The singer said that the capital of France gave her a ticket to the opera. Sinyavskaya also visited Canada, Bulgaria, Turkey, Italy. Soon she began to win vocal contests. In 1969, Sinyavskaya won the Grand Prix and a gold medal at the International Vocal Competition in Belgium. The newspaper “Le Jour” wrote: “Not a single reproach can be presented to Tamara Sinyavskaya, who has one of the most beautiful voices that we have ever heard. <…> With a rare musicality and great feeling, she performs “Segidilla” from “Carmen”. Also her French pronunciation is flawless. This is truly great art! ”

A year later, Tamara Sinyavskaya won the 4th Pyotr Tchaikovsky International Competition. The opinions of the jury were divided: Soviet judges gave their votes to singer Elena Obraztsova, and foreigners gave Tamara Sinyavskaya. As a result, the first place had to be divided into two.

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