Obituary: Russian Mezzo Valentina Levko Dies At 92

By Francisco Salazar

Mezzo-soprano Valentina Levko has died at the age of 92.

The Russian mezzo was a noted opera and chamber singer who in her later years became a distinguished teacher and professor.

While the Levko had an international career, she was renown as a soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre from 1960 through 1982 and in 1969, she was awarded the People’s Artist of the RSFSR. She was also awarded the Order of Honor in Russia for many years of fruitful activity in the field of culture and art.

Outside of the Soviet Union, the mezzo performed at La Scala and at opera houses in Germany, France, Canada and the US.

Her career also included numerous recording including “Ivan the Terrible,” a live recording of “Sadko,” a solo album with Russian Folk songs, and Mahler’s third symphony, among others.

She died on August 14, 2018, the day after her 92nd birthday, after a long serious illness.

Here is a look at her artistry as she performs Mistress Quickly from Verdi’s “Falstaff.”

And here she performs an aria from “Samson et Dalila.”

But she will always be remembered for her commitment to Russian opera.