Diamond in Bolshoy theater’s crown
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Diamond in Bolshoy theater’s crown

February 04, 2021

The great tenor from our city died four months shy his birthday.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Today marks 80 years since the birth of Vladislav Piavko. We offer a photo report from the concert of Vladislav Piavko and his team of tenors on Gvardeyskaya square in the summer of 2005.

The People’s Artist of the USSR, a star of the Bolshoy theater with 33 years of experience, flew to the celebration of the Norilsk Combine’s 70th anniversary with the best project of the Irina Arhipova’s Foundation – Tenors Parade.

The stage for the performance of seven tenors and a chamber orchestra was the steps in front of the Polar Division headquarters, and the auditorium was the entire Gvardeyskaya square and the adjacent territories. The Parade commander Vladislav Piavko and his team of laureates of all kinds of competitions and awards sang not only arias from operas, but also popular songs, including those of the war years. And the intended Norilsk honorary citizen (Piavko would receive this title in 2008) shared memories of Norilsk childhood and youth with his fellow countrymen. He called the city home. From here he was destined to start on the opera stage to become ‘the diamond in the crown of the Bolshoy theater’ as one famous entrepreneur called the singer.

Vladislav Piavko met his own 70th birthday in 2011 as an honorary citizen of our city, but he never flew to Norilsk after 2008 and did not take part in the celebrations of the city and the combine’s round dates. The singer celebrated the jubilee with a special program From Pinkerton to Othello at an evening at the Glinka Central Museum of Musical Culture, at which all the famous tenor parts from his repertoire were played.

At the age of 75, the singer toured Russia with Igor Demarin’s rock-opera Perfumer and released a book.

In 2019, the Vladimir Academic Drama Theater hosted the premiere of the play Confessions of a Tenor based on the Vladislav Piavko’s play, where he performed himself.

Read other materials of the photo project in the History spot section.

Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

February 04, 2021

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