The Red Army Choir #2 – Concert tour to France: Mireille Mathieu and Felix Yusupov, 1967

“The Red Army Choir #2 – Concert tour to France: Mireille Mathieu and Felix Yusupov, 1967” – is the next episode from the “Talking with my father” series (with English Subtitles). A Russian famous singer Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov will talk about the times when he used to work in the Red Army Choir (The Alexandrov Ensemble) in 60-s. He will tell about his meeting with Russian Prince Felix Yusupov in Paris (France) during their concert tour. The Prince Felix Yusupov was also known as the killer of Gregory Rasputin.

In the second part Leonid Mikhailovich will tell about the Alexandrov Ensemble’s historic concert tour to France in 1967. The Red Army Choir invited then a young French singer Mireille Mathieu to participate in their concerts. The Fernch impressario Georges Soria proposed to Boris Alexandrov to make a duet – Mireille Mathieu and Leonid Kharitonov in order to sing the revolutionary patriotic song “Quand fera-t-il jour, camarade?” by Paul Mauriat. The first rehearsal of the song was organized especially for the French press…

Unfortunately no record left of the “Quand fera-t-il jour, camarade?” song performed by Leonid Kharitonov. We hope that it exists somewhere in archives in Paris. We would be very happy for any information anout its location!


This episode is a part of the documentary series named “Talking with my father”. I decided to record the conversation with my father, the Russian singer (bass), the People’s Artist of Russia – Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov. He also used to work in the legendary Twice Red Bannered Song and Dance Ensemble of the Soviet Army under A.V. Alexandrov (also known as the Red Army Choir or the Alexandrov Ensemble). We want to tell all his admirers about some interesting facts of the famous artist’s life.

In this series, Leonid Mikhailovich will share his memories about his work, his friends and interesting cases from his busy creative life. He will talk about some famous people of the Soviet era, whom he happened to meet on his way: composers, musicians, actors, cosmonauts, country leaders, military commanders and many others. And, of course, special attention will be paid to the “old school” soloists of his mostly beloved Alexandrov Ensemble.

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