Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Barsova, Valeria

Valeria Barsova (1892-1967), Russian operatic soprano, one of the leading lyric-coloratura sopranos of the first half of the 20th century. She studied voice at the Moscow Conservatory, made her operatic debut in 1917 as Gilda, and her Bolshoi debut in 1920 and where she sang every season until 1948 at Bolshoi. After retiring from the stage, she taught at the Moscow Conservatory from 1950 until 1955. She retired and lived in Sochi until her death.

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