Remembering ELENA OBRAZTSOVA. Josep Carreras dedicates to her memory the premiere of El Juez in St. Petersburg, 15th january 2015

The great mezzosoprano Elena Obraztsova died on January 12, 2015 in Germany at the age of 75.
Elena Obraztsova
The repertoire of the great Artist featured over eighty parts from classic and modern operas. She performed on the world’s most famous opera stages, including La Scala, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera and others. Her extensive concert repertoire featured pieces by over a hundred 18th-20th century composers, including operas, chamber and church music, Russian songs, old romances, classic operettas, and jazz compositions.”
President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to the family and friends of Elena Obraztsova and all the admirers of her talent following the opera singer’s death.
The message reads, in part:
“Yelena Obraztsova, a great Russian singer and a woman of unique talent, enormous creative energy and inner dignity, has passed away. Her creative career, her whole life is a bright example of selfless service of the art and people, devotion and dedication to lofty spiritual and moral ideals.”
As officially announced on the Mariinsky  Theatre website, Josep Carreras is going to dedicate the premiere of El Juez, his debut at the Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, to the memory of the great Opera singer, whose funeral will be celebrated in Moscow 15th january 2015.
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Josep Carreras
Sources: President Putin’s Official Site and Facebook Bloc Josep Carreras