|Vyacheslav Michailovich Polozov (Russian:
Вячеслав Михайлович Полозов), is a Soviet-born
opera singer, professor of voice, entrepreneur. He sang at many opera houses
around the world, appearing in a variety of leading roles from lyric to dramatic
repertoires in French, Italian, German and Russian. He was a Laureate at
International Competitions, and Meritorious Artist of the Byelorussian SSR.
Polozov was born January 1, 1950, in the industrial city of Mariupol, Ukrainian SSR, where his parents, mother Ludmila Danilovna Roschina (1918-2003) and father Michael Semyonovich Polozov (1918-?), worked on the local railroad. From 1967 to 1970, Vyacheslav studied at Donetsk Music College. While studying, he sang some small roles at the Donetsk State Academic Opera Theatre. From 1970 to 1972, Polozov served his military duty in Soviet Red Army Choir, Kiev, Ukraine. From 1973-1978, he studied voice at the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music (or Kiev Conservatory), during which time he made his successful operatic debut in 1977 in the role of Alfredo in La Traviata at the National Opera of Ukraine.
In 1978, he became the leading tenor of the Saratov Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre when he performed Vladimir Igorevich in Borodin's Prince Igor, The Prince in Dargomyzhsky's Rusalka, Lensky in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, and Lohengrin. In 1980 he became a member of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus when he performed: Faust, Alfredo, the Duke of Mantua, Prince Kuragin in Prokofiev's War and Peace, Pinkerton, Vodemon in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, and Tsar Berendey in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden. As a member of the Opera Theatre (Minsk), in 1982, Polozov made his successful debut with the Bolshoi Theatre when he performed Alfredo, and Turiddu opposite Makvala Kasrashvili and Elena Obraztsova. In 1983, he made his debut in the role of Faust at the Lithuanian National Opera, and in 1984 he sang the Duke of Mantua at the Bulgarian National Opera, and Lensky at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 1984, he performed the role of Alfredo at the Estonian National Opera and Latvian National Opera.
In 1986, he made his debut at La Scala as Pinkerton, which, along with the role of Rodolfo, very soon became the most important in his repertoire. In May 1986 after winning the prestigious Madama Butterfly singing competition (Tokyo, Japan), Polozov announced his intention to live in the United States. Since his arrival in the USA, Polozov has appeared in Chicago, Boston, New York (Pinkerton opposite Renata Scotto), California, and Texas (with Julius Rudel). He also appeared in a concert and recording in Washington D.C. (Kennedy Center) as Dmitry in Boris Godunov, under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich.
He appeared as Calaf in the New York City Opera, and the very same week repeated this role in Munich's Bayerische Staatsoper with Giuseppe Patane. During the 1988/89 season, he performed Enzo in La Gioconda at the San Francisco Opera opposite Eva Marton, and Cavaradossi at the Canadian Opera Company, which has been issued on video. He was also engaged in Paris, Hamburg, Barcelona, Rome, Lyon, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, Santiago, Tokyo, and other world opera houses.
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THE GLINKA INTERNATIONAL VOCAL CONTEST is one of the oldest and the most prestigious musical contests held in Russia. It is carried out since 1960. In the period 1968 – 2009 the famous Russian singer and pedagogue IRINA ARKHIPOVA was the Chief of Jury.
The program of the contest includes both opera and chamber pieces, which corresponds to the tradition of the Russian vocal performing art where opera singers participate in Lied recitals as well. The main part in the contest program is given to the classical Russian and world vocal music, but the required program also includes creations of the modern composers (written not earlier then 1975)
The most important distinguishing feature of the Glinka contest is that there is no preliminary selection by records. The jury estimates the competitors only according to the live performance auditions open for public.
Results of the contest are of importance for future professional career of the young musicians. Almost all singers in Russia and the CIS being the leaders of the domestic and world opera scene for decades are laureates or diploma winners of the Glinka Contest. Here are just some names from the different generations — Vladimir Atlantov, Aleksandr Voroshilo, Galina Gorchakova, Gegam Grigoryan, Sergei Leiferkus, Yuri Mazurok, Yevgeny Nesterenko, Elena Obraztsova, Maria Guleghina, Olga Borodina, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Vladimir Chernov, Anna Netrebko, Askar Abdrazakov, Ildar Abdrazakov, Sergei Murzaev, Olga Trifonova, Elena Manistina, Mikhail Kazakov, August Amonov, Anna Viktorova, Albina Shagimuratova, Oxana Volkova, etc.
© 1986 Bruce Duffie
This conversation was recorded in Chicago on September 29, 1986. My sincerest thanks go to George Kremenesky for helping with the translation. This transcription was made in 2020, and posted on this website at that time. My thanks also to to British soprano Una Barry for her help in preparing this website presentation.
To see a full list (with links) of interviews which have been transcribed and posted on this website, click here.
Award - winning broadcaster Bruce Duffie was with WNIB, Classical 97 in Chicago from 1975 until its final moment as a classical station in February of 2001. His interviews have also appeared in various magazines and journals since 1980, and he now continues his broadcast series on WNUR-FM.You are invited to visit his website for more information about his work, including selected transcripts of other interviews, plus a full list of his guests. He would also like to call your attention to the photos and information about his grandfather, who was a pioneer in the automotive field more than a century ago. You may also send him E-Mail with comments, questions and suggestions.