Obituary: Soprano Tamara Sorokina Dies at 89

By Dejan Vukosavljevic

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.”