Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The opera world lost a great diva in Galina Vishnevskaja. She reigned supreme in the Soviet Union until the mid 70s when she and her husband, Dmitri Rostropovich were deemed "unpersons" for having harbored the Soviet dissident, Aleksandr Solzhinitsyn. She was removed from the official history of the Bolshoi, if you can imagine that. However, Galina got the last laugh when in 1990 she returned to a country on the cusp of independence and was reinstated in the Bolshoi in 1992. She set up an Opera Center, which has nurtured a new generation of voices. She starred in Sokurov's 2007 film, Alexandra, a very different role for her.