Biography of Irina Arjipova (1925-2010)

Irina Arkhipova. Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS | 02-18-2010

Russian mezzo-soprano, born in Moscow on January 2, 1925 and died in the same city on February 11, 2010.

He began his singing studies after finishing of architecture (1948-1953) in his hometown. He/She made his debut in 1954 at the opera of Swerdlowsk, which became the Bolshoi two years later. Soon he/she stressed in roles as varied as the protagonist of Carmen by Bizet or the Princess of Eboli in Don Carlo by Verdi, as well as in numerous Russian opera roles which are which opened him the doors of theaters such as la Scala in Milan and San Francisco Opera. They are some of its most prominent characters Liubascha in the Tsar's bride of Rimsky-Korsakov, Marina in Boris Godunov, Marfa in Jovanchina, both Mussorgski or Elena in war and peace of Prokoviev. I married Vladimir Piavko tenor.

In 1992 he/she published his autobiography: My Muses and established the foundation that bears his name.