Vinogradov sings Evgeny Onegin “Lensky Aria”


Georgy Pavlovich Vinogradov (Георгий Павлович Виноградов) sings the Aria of Lensky from the opera Evgeny Onegin (1945)

Music by P.I.Tchaikovsky, lyrics by A.S.Pushkin.

One may feel that Vinogradov understates Lensky’s mood swings, but the singer disliked any histrionics, preferring to reach the listener through tone and phrasing. Compared to Lemeshev, it is a more fragile Lensky, and if Lemeshev’s character does not really believe that he is going to die, despite all that posturing, Vinogradov’s does…

Vinogradov studied at Kazan State Conservatory and Kazan Opera Studio in the early/mid 1930s. In the 1930s he also took private singing lessons while at the Military Academy of Communications, Moscow (which he dropped out of). However the greatest influence on him, I believe, was probably singing in a church choir in Kazan – most likely at Kazan Cathedral. In the 1940s, he studied with Valeria Vladimirovna Barsova, a Bolshoi opera soprano.

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