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Galina Pisarenko (Soprano)

Born: January 24, 1934 - Leningrad Russia

The Russian soprano, Galina Pisarenko [or Pissaenko] (Alexejewna), received her singing training from 1956 to 1961 at the Conservatory of Moscow, mainly as a pupil of Nina L. Dorliak.

In 1961 Galina Pisarenko made her stage debut at the Stanislavski and Nemirowitsch-Dantschenko concert hall in Moscow, whose member she remained for the following 30 years. Here, as well as a guest singer at other opera houses of the USSR, she had many successes as an interpreter of roles from the Italian and the Slavish repertoire, i.e. as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, as Adina in Elisir d'amore, as Manon of Massenet, as Mimi and as Musetta in La Bohème, as Tatjana in Eugen Onegin, as Jolanthe in the opera of the same name by Tchaikovsky, as Ninetta in L'Amour des trois oranges by Prokofiev a in the title role of Offenbach's operetta La belle Hélène. The famous director Walter Felstenstein engaged her in 1972 as a constant guest for the Komische Oper Berlin led of him, at which she introduced a great career with her debut now as Carmen. In Berlin, like already before in Russia, she was very successfully active also as a concert singer. Appearances, partially with the Berlin's ensemble, in various centres of the European music life, i.e. in 1980 in Rome, in 1991 she made guest appearance in Perugia in the opera Maddalena by Prokofiev.

In 1991 Galina Pisarenko formed in Moscow under the management of Jewgenij Kolobow the ensemble "New Opera" (to a large extent from forces of the Nemirowitsch-Dantschenko-Theater), and since 1994 she led herself this opera enterprise. From mid 1980's (?) she is also Professor at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Recordings: Fonit-Cetra (complete Der Vampyr by Marschner, 1980), Ariola (4th Symphony by Gustav Mahler).

Source: Großes Sängerlexikon (Authors: K. J. Kutsch / Leo Riemens; Expanded 3rd edition 1999/2000; K. G. Saur Verlag, Munich), English translation by Aryeh Oron (June 2006); Some websites
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Aryeh Oron & Thomas Braatz (June 2006)

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