In Moscow, the Russian and Soviet opera singer, People’s Artist of the USSR Vladislav Piavko passed away. This is reported on his Facebook page.
“Last night Vladislav Ivanovich Piavko, People’s Artist of the Soviet Union left this world. The place and time of parting will be announced additionally, ”the message says. The artist died at the age of 79.
Vladislav Piavko was born in Krasnoyarsk on February 4, 1941. He began his career in 1955 as a driver of a vehicle at the Norilsk Mining and Metallurgical Combine named after V. A.P. Zavenyagin. And his creative career began with work as an extra in the Norilsk Polar Drama Theater named after Vl. Mayakovsky.
In 1957, Piavko tried to enter the Higher Theater School named after M.S.Schepkin and the acting department at VGIK in Moscow. But he decided that he would not be accepted, and went straight from the exams to the military registration and enlistment office and asked to be sent to a military school. So Piavko became a cadet of the Kolomna Artillery School, which he graduated in 1960.
In 1959, during a cadet vacation, the future singer accidentally ended up in the Bolshoi Theater for the play “Carmen” and decided to become an artist. In 1960 he left the army and again entered all theatrical universities in Moscow: the Moscow Art Theater School, the Theater School named after I. B. Shchukin, and the Higher Theater School named after M. Shchepkin, at VGIK.
As a result, Piavko entered GITIS, which he graduated in 1965. After that, he withstood a huge competition in the trainee group of the Bolshoi Theater, in which from 1966 to 1989 he was a soloist. The singer also performed at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan and at the Berlin State Opera. He has performed roles in the opera’s Carmen by Georges Bizet, Boris Godunov by Modest Musorsky, Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, and others.
In 1983, Piavko became the People’s Artist of the USSR. His performance in 1984 of the title role in Guglielmo Ratcliffe by Pietro Mascagni at the Livorno Opera House (Italy) became a world sensation. In the entire stage history of the opera, the singer became only its fourth performer.
Piavko performed a lot with concerts. His concert repertoire includes more than 500 compositions of the chamber vocal genre, as well as parts in vocal and symphonic works of large forms.
In 1980-1985, the artist taught at the State Institute of Theater Arts. A. V. Lunacharsky. Since 2000, he has been a professor at the department of solo singing at the Moscow State Conservatory named after P. I. Tchaikovsky.