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Not every body guards to face

Source: "Arguments and Facts"

December 12, 2001
Not every body guards to face

Love Kazarnovskii easier to hear today in some of the western theater, than in Russia. She is, as she says, makes his «job» - singing in operas, gives concerts.

- Comfortable feel Russian singer in the West?

- Yes and no. There was a time when to be a Russian performer in the West considered honorable. When the Russian was very much about our start writing negative. Like, Russian - vociferous, everyone will shout, will be poor style and language, lack of knowledge of traditions. "Russian baritone", "Russian soprano", "Russian" has become a sign of not very good quality.

- you sang with Domingo, Pavarotti, Carreras. How did you feel on the same stage with the stars of the first magnitude?

- When I first read the contract, I was getting scared, "Lord! Domingo was already Domingo, when I went on foot under the table! "But they were normal people with whom you can drink a cup of tea, eat salad and talk about anything. Domingo was crawling on the carpet with my son - they are well played! That we have the so-called stars putting on airs, go with the guards, tuzhatsya, tuzhatsya to pretend to be a significant person. There is not this: to Domingo or Pavarotti came to a rehearsal with the guard and to in-the-t such a person stand by and watch everything going on - this is nonsense! The fate of no escape. If you put a brick to be dejected, then at some point it will fall on your head - even though you are all overlaid guards. The Western Star - perfectly adequate people in life. But they stage - the gods.

- The Russian theaters today many good voices, but no stars. Do you agree?

- Absolutely. During my study, we ran into a large and stood in the gallery. Pelee Atlantean Milashkina, Obraztsova, Nesterenko Sotkilava, Kantrashvili, Sinyavskaya. Each performance was definitely the star around which everything falls. Now go away from the Great older generation. And who is left? Where are the heirs of this great tradition, the Bolshoi Theatre? The Mariinsky situation better. A big plus Gergiev - he is a very good businessman and knows how to build the business market, making the link between generations. He created the Academy of the Mariinsky Theatre. Another thing is that there is no star, but they do try to cultivate young singers to replace the old generation.

- Surprise me persona, which would like to sing a duet.

- Sasha Gradskij, whose work is close to me. We will be sure to sing, because he owns a voice, able to improvise and understand what he says. With Irochka Otiyeva - a man with great taste, a jazz musician. With Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston. Well, Elvis is no longer ...

Anatoly Saloonov

Photo Michael Zilber