Irina Arkhipova

Biography

Born: December 2, 1925; Moscow, Russia  
Irina Arkhipova was born December 2, 1925 in Moscow. She originally studied architecture but switched to voice and studied with Malisheva, graduating in 1953. That same year she won an international singing competition in Warsaw. She began studies with Savransky at the Moscow Conservatory and from 1954 to 1956 sang with the Sverdlovak Opera where her roles included Marina in Boris Godunov, Eboli in Don Carlos, Charlotte in Werther and Marfa in Read more Khovanshchina. Her first appearance at the Bolshoi Theater was as Carmen in 1956 which became one of her most famous roles. The Bolshoi became her operatic home and she sang all of greatest roles there. At the Bolshoi she was especially noted for roles in Queen of Spades, War and Peace, Tsar's Bride and Mazeppa as well as her earlier roles in Boris Godunov, Don Carlos and Khovanshchina. After 1960, she began to appear outside Russia and first won fame as Carmen in Naples. She sang Helene in Prokofiev's War and Peace at Teatro alla Scala in 1964 where in later seasons she sang Marina in Boris Godunov and Marfa in Khovanshchina.

Her first American appearance was is a recital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with John Wustman as accompanist. Her sensational performance of Azucena at the Orange Festival in 1968 brought her even more international acclaim. Her San Francisco Opera debut came in 1972 as Amneris. In 1975, she made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, as Azucena and in 1988 she returned to London as Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera. Although she sang at the Metropolitan Opera House with the Bolshoi Theater several times, she did not sing with the Metropolitan Opera until 1997 when she sang Filippievna in Eugene Onegin at the age of seventy-two. She also appeared at the opera houses in Berlin, Paris, Hamburg, Lyon, Marseille, Belgrade and the Savonlinna Festival. She has directed several opera productions as she moved into semi-retirement. She is married to heldentenor Vladislav Piavko. In 1993, a voice competition was set up in her name.

Arkhipova's voice was a full, rich mezzo-soprano with great power and intensity. She did not lose quality as she moved between vocal registers and she understood what her vocal strengths were and did not try to move beyond her best repertoire. Her voice had some of the edge that was often found in Slavic voices but this helped give her voice an individuality which is sorely lacking in many singers today.

Her recorded legacy is vast but much of it has only been available in Russia. While her Marina in Boris Godounov was reissued by Melodiya, her Eboli in Don Carlos, Joan in the Maid of Orleans by Tchaikovsky and Laura in Dargomizhsky's The Stone Guest are still unavailable. Almost none of her wonderful song recitals are currently available. In particular, the songs of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Mussorgsky bring out the best in her interpretive art. The LP disc with settings of poetry by Pushkin is very good and the reissue of some of her opera arias would be most welcome. Read less

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Born: December 2, 1925; Moscow, Russia  
Irina Arkhipova was born December 2, 1925 in Moscow. She originally studied architecture but switched to voice and studied with Malisheva, graduating in 1953. That same year she won an international singing competition in Warsaw. She began studies with Savransky at the Moscow Conservatory and from 1954 to 1956 sang with the Sverdlovak Opera where her roles included Marina in Boris Godunov, Eboli in Don Carlos, Charlotte in Werther and Marfa in Read more
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Component 6: Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: Prologue
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.1. Overture and Chorus (Moderato - Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.2. March of Young Ivan (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.3. Ocean - Sea (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.4. I will be Tsar! (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.5. God is wondrous! (Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.6. Long Life! (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.7. Ocean - Sea (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.8. Long Life! (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.9. The Holy Fool (Allegro tempestoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.10. The Swan (Allegro fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.11. Celebration Song (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.12. The Swan (Allegro fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.13. On the Bones of the Enemy (Andante mosso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.14. The Tartars (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.15. The Gunners (Moderato energico)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.16. The Storming of Kazan (Moderato pesante - Andante - Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.17. Ivan's Appeal to the Boyars (Adagio - Andante sostenuto)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.18. Yesfrosinia and Anastasia (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.19. Song about the Beaver (Andante assai)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.20. Ivan at Anastasia's Bier (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.21. Chorus of the Oprichniki (Andante risoluto)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.22. The Oprichniki Oath of Loyalty (Moderato energico)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.23: Feodor Basmanov's Song (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.24. Dance of the Oprichniki (Allegro ben ritmato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.25. Finale (Moderato - Moderato fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): Prologue
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.1. Overture and Chorus (Moderato - Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.2. March of Young Ivan (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.3. Ocean - Sea (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.4. I will be Tsar! (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.5. God is wondrous! (Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.6. Long Life! (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.7. Ocean - Sea (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.8. Long Life! (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.9. The Holy Fool (Allegro tempestoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.10. The Swan (Allegro fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.11. Celebration Song (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.12. The Swan (Allegro fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.13. On the Bones of the Enemy (Andante mosso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.14. The Tartars (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.15. The Gunners (Moderato energico)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.16. The Storming of Kazan (Moderato pesante - Andante - Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.17. Ivan's Appeal to the Boyars (Adagio - Andante sostenuto)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.18. Yesfrosinia and Anastasia (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.19. Song about the Beaver (Andante assai)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.20. Ivan at Anastasia's Bier (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.21. Chorus of the Oprichniki (Andante risoluto)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.22. The Oprichniki Oath of Loyalty (Moderato energico)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.23: Feodor Basmanov's Song (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.24. Dance of the Oprichniki (Allegro ben ritmato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Remastered Version): No.25. Finale (Moderato - Moderato fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): Prologue
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.1. Overture and Chorus (Moderato - Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.2. March of Young Ivan (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.3. Ocean - Sea (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.4. I will be Tsar! (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.5. God is wondrous! (Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.6. Long Life! (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.7. Ocean - Sea (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.8. Long Life! (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.9. The Holy Fool (Allegro tempestoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.10. The Swan (Allegro fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.11. Celebration Song (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.12. The Swan (Allegro fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.13. On the Bones of the Enemy (Andante mosso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.14. The Tartars (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.15. The Gunners (Moderato energico)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.16. The Storming of Kazan (Moderato pesante - Andante - Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.17. Ivan's Appeal to the Boyars (Adagio - Andante sostenuto)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.18. Yesfrosinia and Anastasia (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.19. Song about the Beaver (Andante assai)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.20. Ivan at Anastasia's Bier (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.21. Chorus of the Oprichniki (Andante risoluto)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.22. The Oprichniki Oath of Loyalty (Moderato energico)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.23: Feodor Basmanov's Song (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.24. Dance of the Oprichniki (Allegro ben ritmato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.25. Finale (Moderato - Moderato fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): Prologue
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.1. Overture and Chorus (Moderato - Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.2. March of Young Ivan (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.3. Ocean - Sea (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.4. I will be Tsar! (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.5. God is wondrous! (Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.6. Long Life! (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.7. Ocean - Sea (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.8. Long Life! (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.9. The Holy Fool (Allegro tempestoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.10. The Swan (Allegro fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.11. Celebration Song (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.12. The Swan (Allegro fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.13. On the Bones of the Enemy (Andante mosso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.14. The Tartars (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.15. The Gunners (Moderato energico)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.16. The Storming of Kazan (Moderato pesante - Andante - Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.17. Ivan's Appeal to the Boyars (Adagio - Andante sostenuto)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.18. Yesfrosinia and Anastasia (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.19. Song about the Beaver (Andante assai)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.20. Ivan at Anastasia's Bier (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.21. Chorus of the Oprichniki (Andante risoluto)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.22. The Oprichniki Oath of Loyalty (Moderato energico)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.23: Feodor Basmanov's Song (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.24. Dance of the Oprichniki (Allegro ben ritmato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.25. Finale (Moderato - Moderato fastoso)
Overture
"Gori, gori yasno"
"Chem konchilas vchera igra?"
"Ya imeni yeyo ne znayu"
"Nakonets-to Bog" - "A ty uveren" - "Schastlivy den" - "Skazhi, na kom ty zhenishsya?"
"Mne strashno!" - "Grafinya!"
"Kakaya vedma"
"Odnazhdy v Versalye"
"Se non è vero" - "Kak bystro groza nastupila" - "Po- luchish smertelny udar ty"
"Uzh vecher"
"Obvorozhitelno!"
"Da, vspomnilna... Podrugi milie"
"Nu-ka, svetik Mashenka"
"Mesdemoiselles"
"Pora uzh raskhoditsya"
"Ne nado zatvorit"
"Zachem zhe eti slyozy"
"Ostanovites"
"Prosti, prelestnoe sozdanye"
"Liza, otvori!"
"O poshchadi menya!"
"Radostno, veselo v den sei"
"Khozyain prosit dorogikh"
"Vy tak pechalny"
"Ya vas lyublyu"
"Skoreye by yeyo videt" - "Ne ty li etot trety"
"Pod tenyu gustoyu"
Dance of the Shepherds and Shepherdesses
"Moi milenki druzhok"
"Kak ty mila"
"Kto pylko i strastno lyubya!" - "Tsaritsa! Yega Veli- chestvo!"
"Vsyo tak, kakmne ona skazala"
Shagi! syuda idut
Akh, postly mne etot svet
"Je crains de lui parler la nuit"
"Ne pugaites!"
"Yesli kogda nibud"
"Chto zdes za shum?"
Entr'acte
"Ya neveryu chtoby" - "Gospodu molyusya ya" - "Vsyo tezhe dumy" - "Strashno! strashno!"
"Ya prishla k tebe"
"Uzh polnoch blizitsya"
"Akh! istomilas ya gorem"
"A yesli mne otvet"
"O da, minovali stradanya"
"Budem pit i veselitsya" - "Dana!"
"Yeslib miliya devitsy"
"Tak v nenastnye dni"
"Za dela, gospoda"
"Chto nasha zhizn?"
"Net yeshcho?"
"Knyaz! knyaz, prosti menya!"
"Gospod! Prosti yemu!"


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