Famed Russian soprano Tamara Sorokina has died at the age of 89.
Sorokina graduated from the Conservatoire in Leningrad in 1952. Between 1952 and 1954 she was a soloist at the Leningrad Opera. Starting 1954 and until 1982 Sorokina was the soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre.
She performed a number of major roles throughout her career with the most prominent including Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” Iolanta, Mimì in Puccini’s “La bohème,” Cio-Cio-San in “Madama Butterfly,” Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s “La Traviata,” and Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride,” among many others.
Here is Tamara Sorokina singing Marfa’s Scene and Aria (“Ivan Sergeich, khochesh v sad poidyom”) from Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride.”