08 July 2014, Tuesday
Vladimir Shcherbakov was born on July 7th, 1939 in Ashgabat into a working family with many children. In 1968 he graduated from the Saratov State Conservatoire named after L.V. Sobinov (class of F. Gartsman); in 1967 he became the soloist of the Saratov Opera and Ballet Theatre named after N. Chernyshevsky. It was there that he prepared the leading tenor roles: Jose ("Carmen"), Prince Yury ("The Enchantress"), Manrico ("Il Trovatore"), Radames ("Aida"), German ("The Queen of Spades"), Lensky ("Eugene Onegin"), Rodolfo ("La Boheme") and others. The work at this theatre, the desire to understand the complexity and the nuances of the vocal art became the foundation for the artist's future success. In 1975 Vladimir I. Shcherbakov became a soloist of the Leningrad State Opera and Ballet Theatre named after S. Kirov. In 1977 he was invited to be a soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre, where he made his debut with the role of The Pretender ("Boris Godunov"), although he had already performed roles of German and Don Carlo at the Bolshoi a year earlier. Later he performed parts of Sadko, Vaudémont ("Iolanta"), Vladimir Igorevich ("Prince Igor"), Sobinin ("Ivan Susanin"), Cavaradossi ("Tosca"), Andrey Khovansky, Riccardo ("Un ballo in maschera"), Sergei ("Katerina Izmailova") and others.
"Every time that Shcherbakov starts working on a new part, he is very interested in the material and in the image, he thinks about it, sings it many times, connects with the character, gets excited about it, tries, asks for advice, argues and searches. Eventually he finds what he needs. Every time this "beginning" takes a higher level!", - this is what the singer's colleague Yuri Grigoryev wrote about him. His soft, powerful and beautiful voice, which was even throughout the whole timbre, allowed the artist to perform both the lyrical and dramatic repertoire very successfully. His cantilena skills and the ability to sing the top notes created the impression of vocal freedom and ease that the listeners value so much. The artist toured a lot, both in his native country and abroad; he also performed with the companies of the Saint Petersburg Maly Opera Theatre, the Warsaw Grand Theatre and WrocЕ‚aw Opera House. In 1990 he received the title of a People's Artist of RSFSR.
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