Honored Artist of Russia
Born on April 7
Vera Baranova was born in Krasnoyarsk. Right after graduating from the Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Arts in 1993 she became the opera soloist in the Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre.
During 25 years she has performed more than 40 roles of the world opera repertoire which were many a time awarded at the regional festival "Theatre Spring".
Vera Baranova regularly sang in the Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic Hall accompanied by the Krasnoyarsk Academic Symphonic Orchestra, the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Russian Orchestra, the Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra, etc.
She worked with outstanding conductors of the present time, such as People’s Artist of Russia Eugene Brazhnik, People’s Artist of Russia Ivan Shpiller, People’s Artist of Russia Nikolay Kalinin, Honoured Artist of Russia Andrey Anikhanov, Anatoly Bardin, Pyotr Gribanov, Vasily Petrenko, Honoured Worker of Arts of Russia Ilmar Lapinsh (Latvia), Giovanni Froio (Italy), Roberto Gianola (Italy), Dejan Savic (Serbia), Wiktor Bockman (Switzerland), Huub Bartz (Netherlands), Paul van Gulick (Netherlands), Lin Tao (China), Burinbekh Zhagvaral (Mongolia), Jiří Kratokvil (Czech Republic-USA), etc.
She sang in the Netherlands, Switzerland, England, France, Finland, the USA, Argentina, Mongolia, Serbia. Her performance of the role of Violetta (Verdi's "Traviata") during the theatre tours in the Great Britain was highly appreciated by English critics: "The singer performs at the highest professional level. She really has big talent and beautiful voice, she’s a skilled singer". Vera sings often in the towns of the Krasnoyarsk Region, Khakassia, the Regions of Kemerovo and Irkutsk, in Serbia, as well.
Vera Baranova successfully combines the singing career with teaching at the Krasnoyarsk State Academy of Music and Theatre. Among the Academy’s graduates are the winner of Russian and international competitions, the soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre Kristina Aliyeva, the diploma winner of international competitions Yulia Peretokina, etc.
In 2009-2012 she was the Artistic Director of the opera troupe of the Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Through her enterprise the four international festivals "Stars Parade in the Opera" took place in the theatre. Eminent opera conductors took part in it – such as the People’s Artist of Russia Eugene Brazhnik, Dejan Savic (Serbia), Ilmar Lapinsh (Latvia), Wiktor Bockman (Switzerland), Fabio Mastrangelo (Italy), and others, as well as well-known opera singers, among them there were Honoured Artists of the USSR Irina Bogachiova, Elena Obraztsova, Makvala Kasrashvili, Oleg Kulko, Honoured Artists of Russia Roman Muravitsky, Eugene Akimov, Mikhail Gubsky, Mikhail Urusov, winners of prestigious international competitions of vocalists Vasily Ladyuk, Roman Shulakov, Agunda Kulayeva, etc.
Vera Baranova is an author and promoter of the Golden Voices of Siberia project. The concerts of the theatre soloists took place in 2010 on stages of the Small and Organ Halls of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic Society as a part of the project. Such soloists performed in the concerts as People's Artists of Russia Vladimir Yefimov, Larisa Marzoyeva, Honoured Artist of Russia Natalia Sokolova, leading opera soloists Boris Sabirov, Andrei Silenko, Anastasia Lepeshinskaya, Svetlana Ratslaf-Levchuk, Anna Kiselyova, and Honoured Artist of Russia Vera Baranova herself.
She recorded two music albums – "The Angel of Mine" and "All About My Love".
The roles performed:
Susanna – "The Marriage of Figaro" by W.A.Mozart
Cinderella, Prickle – "Cinderella" by A.Spadavecchia
Karolina – "The Secret Marriage" by D.Cimarosa
Emma – "Khovanshchina" by M.Mussorgsky
Mařenka – "The Bartered Bride" by B.Smetana
Oscar the page – "A Masked Ball" by G.Verdi
Violetta – "Traviata" by G.Verdi
Flora – "Carmina Burana" by K.Orff
Maria – "La Fille du Regiment" by G. Donizetti
Marfa – "The Tzar’s Bride" by N.Rimsky-Korsakov
Alionushka – "Attabalda" by B. Kravchenko
Rosina – "The Barber of Seville" by G.Rossini
Musetta – "La Boheme" by G. Puccini
Gilda – "Rigoletto" by G.Verdi
Snow Maiden – "Snow Maiden" by N.Rimsky-Korsakov
Adin – "The Elixir of Love" by G.Donizetti
Rosalinda – "Strauss-Gala" by I.Strauss
Shura’s Nanny – "A Hussar Ballad" by T.Khrennikov
Volkhova – "Sadko" by N.Rimsky-Korsakov
Zemfira – "Aleko" by S.Rachmaninov
Gilda – "Rigoletto" by G.Verdi
Daria, prima donna – "Viva la Mamma" by G.Donizetti
Violetta – "La Traviata" by G.Verdi
Duchess of Cracowthorpe – "La Fille du Regiment" by G. Donizetti
The Krasnoyarsk Mayor P.I.Pimashkov’s certificate of honour "For honest work, large contribution to development of musical art and in connection with the 25th anniversary of the theatre" (2003);
"The best debut" of the regional festival "Theatre Spring" (Violetta in G. Verdi's "Traviata");
The Krasnoyarsk Region governor A.G.Khloponin’s certificate of honour "For high creative achievements and large contribution to development of opera art" (2003);
The medal of the governor of the Kemerovo Region A.G.Tuleyev "For the dignified mentoring of children" (2004);
The medal of the governor of the Kemerovo Region A.G.Tuleyev "For faith and goodness" (2004);
The Kuzbass Award (2008);
Certificates of honour of the Ministry of Culture of the Krasnoyarsk Region "For honest work and high professionalism" (2008-09);
The Krasnoyarsk Mayor P.I.Pimashkov’s certificate of honour "For large contribution to cultural development and arts in the city of Krasnoyarsk" (2009);
The Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation’s certificate of honour (2010);
The regional festival "Theatre Spring" award "The best female role in the opera/operetta (musical)" (The Snow Maiden in the opera by N. Rimsky-Korsakov and Adin in the opera "The Elixir of Love" by G.Donizetti);
Honourable cultural worker of Kuzbass (2012);
An award badge "Municipal coat of arms of Krasnoyarsk" for an outstanding contribution to development of the city of Krasnoyarsk (2013);
The Kuzbass Medal of Honour (2013).