TAMARA SINYAVSKAYA – OPERA QUEEN
Once Tamara Sinyavskaya admitted that she always loved difficult tasks, and fate generously endowed them with them throughout her creative life – each new opera party as a new peak requiring conquest. And such peaks are not enough for one mountain range.
Tamara Ilyinichna managed to make a dizzying career as an opera singer, earn recognition of connoisseurs of vocal skills around the world, forever write her name in the history of art, becoming a great soloist of the second half of the 20th century.
A native Muscovite Tamara Sinyavskaya was born on July 6, 1943. One can only imagine how difficult it was for her mother to feed her child during the hungry war years. In no interview, Tamara Ilyinichna could not find information about her father, it is only known that she grew up without him. But she loves to talk about her mother, who devoted her daughter her whole life, endowed her with vocal talent and brought her to the Pioneer House in time, so that her daughter would demonstrate her abilities in the Song and Dance Ensemble under the guidance of Vladimir Loktev.
As a child, Tamara loved to go into the porches of old Moscow houses, where there was excellent acoustics, and arrange real concerts, listening to the sound of her voice. singer Tamara Sinyavskaya Especially she liked to imitate the famous Argentine singer Lolita Torres, whose fame was booming then the whole world.
The head of the ensemble appreciated the talent of the student Sinyavskaya and advised her after school to enter the music school at the Moscow Conservatory. In parallel, she sang in the choir of the Maly Theater, where she learned the basics of dramatic art. Tamara studied diligently, absorbed opera skills bit by bit and not only earned the praise of teachers, but received a 5+ mark at the final exam, which happened very rarely in the school.
After school, fate brought a 20-year-old girl to a group of interns at the Bolshoi Theater. The vocal data of the young singer was so struck by the selection committee that she was taken even without a conservative education. The young intern has proved to everyone the right to perform on the stage of an outstanding theater and a year later she was enrolled in the main staff. Then all the famous singers, at the sight of which was breathtaking at Tamara, immediately became her stage colleagues – Galina Vishnevskaya, Irina Arkhipova, Zurab Andzhaparidze, Alexander Ognivtsev.
At first, she was even embarrassed to rehearse with them, she felt embarrassment before the masters. Tamara enthusiastically watched the work of great artists, memorized gestures, movements, facial expressions, every sound and change of intonation, singer Tamara Sinyavskaya at home repeated and repeated what she heard to find her sound. The famous opera director and mentor Boris Pokrovsky helped to overcome himself and open up to her.
Once, at a time when the main troupe of the theater toured in Milan, in Moscow it was urgent to find the performer of the party Olga from the opera Eugene Onegin. It was a real serious debut of Tamara, which was excellent. This brought her colleagues recognition and even more – she was named the best performer of this party. After one of the speeches, the outstanding Sergey Lemeshev said that he had finally met the real Olga.
The brilliant Tamara Sinyavskaya
Having achieved first success, Tamara Sinyavskaya did not calmly rest on her laurels. Every day she improved her skills, expanded her voice range and thereby increased her repertoire capabilities. During the first few years of work at the Bolshoi Theater, she performed more than a dozen parts that became the best in the history of opera (Konchakovna singer Tamara Sinyavskaya in “Prince Igor” and Oberon in the opera “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”). These parties brought her foreign fame during the Bolshoi’s touring trips to Canada, France and Japan.
Over the next three years, she received the first three awards of prestigious international competitions and festivals – in Sofia, Verviers and Moscow. By the way, at the IV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the jury was divided equally – the Soviet jury voted for Elena Obraztsova, and foreign (including the great Maria Callas) equally categorically supported Tamara Sinyavskaya, so the first prize had to be divided between the two singers.
Love with an oriental accent
After such a triumph, the ascending opera diva was noticed by one famous impresario, who bombarded the theater with telegrams asking them to let Sinyavskaya go on tour to America. As you know, the KGB always had an opinion on this, and the answer was also standard: “The singer is busy in repertoire productions.” This means that she is not supposed to hear about any invitations.
Who knows what foreign tours could have turned out for her, but the trip to Baku to the Decade of Russian Culture has become a landmark for the singer. There she met the singer Tamara Sinyavskaya with Muslim Magomayev. Naturally, she knew the “All-Union Orpheus”, but in absentia.