Obituary: Russian Tenor Vladislav Piavko Dies at 79

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Irina Arkhipova Foundation)

Russian tenor Vladislav Piavko has died at the age of 79.

Piavko began his career as a student at the Moscow Conservatory before continuing his studies in Milan.

The tenor performed major roles at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow for over 25 years, including the role of Radames in Verdi’s “Aida” and Manrico in “Il Trovatore;” Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini’s “Tosca” and B. F. Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly;” Don José in  Bizet’s “Carmen;”  The Pretender in Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” and Andrey Khovansky in “Khovanshchina;” and Hermann in Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades,” among others.

Piavko also appeared on the leading world stages, including the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra de Bordeaux, and Greek National Opera, among others. He also took part in the Wiesbaden Festival and Savonlinna Festival.

After a successful international career, Piavko took on a professorial position at the Moscow State Conservatory as the Professor of Voice.