Opera singer Evgeny Nesterenko died in Vienna at the age of 84 from complications from Kovid-19, TASS reported, quoted by BTA.
According to his last will, his ashes will be buried in Moscow.
Nesterenko began his career at the Bolshoi Theater.
He performs on the world’s most prestigious stages – the Milan Rock, the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden.
Narodniyat artist Yevgeny Nesterenko in the opera “Boris Godunov” on Modest Mussorgsky (Photo: RIA Novosti)
In recent years, Yevgeny Nesterenko has rarely returned to Moscow, where he was born on January 8, 1938, and which he loves very much.
Thus, history turns that at the beginning of the century, like many of his outstanding colleagues – People’s Artists of the USSR, he was not wanted by the Bolshoi Theater and was fired after serving in it for 31 years.
He is a Hero of Socialist Labor, a laureate of the Lenin Prize, a People’s Artist of the USSR and a chamberlain, which is the highest degree of merit of a singer in German-speaking countries. Nesterenko has been a resident of Vienna for years.
Evgeny Nesterenko graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Civil Engineering, and only in 1965 – the Leningrad State Conservatory. He also began his career at the Mali Opera (now Mikhailovsky), after which he was a soloist at the Leningrad Academic Opera and Ballet Theater for four seasons before being invited to the Bolshoi in 1971. Kirov (now the Mariinsky Theater).
Evgeny Nesterenko was one of the first not only Soviet but Russian artists to sing “Moses” by Rossini, “Nabucco”, “Attila” by Verdi, “Peleas and Melisando” by Debussy, “Mermaid” by Dvorak in Czech and the opera by Bartok “Castle of the Duke of the Blue Beard” in Hungarian.
He has sung more than 50 leading bass parts.
He played the main roles in operas by Glinka (Ivan Susanin, Ruslan), Mussorgsky (Boris Godunov, Dosifey, Ivan Khovansky), Tchaikovsky (Gremin, King Rene, Kochubey), Borodin (Prince Igor, Konchak), Verdi (Philip, Attila, Fiesco). , Ramphis), Rossini (Moses, Basilio) and many others. He has performed on the best stages in the world – the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Colon, Paris, Bavarian operas and, of course, Teatro alla Scala.
The staging of Verdi’s opera “Don Carlos” for the 200th anniversary of the Milan Theater enters the history of world art, where Placido Domingo, Margaret Price, Renato Bruson and Elena Obraztsova are partners of Evgeny Nesterenko, and the conductor is Claudio Abbado.
In his last years, Nesterenko lived in Vienna and returned to Moscow for a while.