Honored Artist of Russia
Vera was born on April 7.
She was born in Krasnoyarsk. In 1993, right after graduating from the Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Arts, Vera entered the opera company of the Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre as a principal singer.
For 25 years, she has performed more than 40 parts of the world opera repertoire. She has many a time been awarded at the Theater Spring festival.
She frequently sang in concerts of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic accompanied by the Krasnoyarsk Academic Symphony Orchestra, Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Russian Orchestra, Osipov National Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments of Russia, Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra, etc.
She worked with outstanding conductors of our times, such as People's Artist of Russia Eugeny Brazhnik, People's Artist of Russia Ivan Shpiller, People's Artist of Russia Nikolai Kalinin, Honoured Artist of Russia Andrei Anikhanov, Anatoly Bardin, Pyotr Gribanov, Vasily Petrenko, Honoured Artist of Russia Ilmar Lapins (Latvia ), Giovanni Froio (Italy), Roberto Gianola (Italy), Deyan Savic (Serbia), Wiktor Bockman (Switzerland), Huub Bartz (Netherlands), Paul Van Gulik (Netherlands), Lin Tao (China), Burinbekh Zhagvaral (Mongolia), Jiří Kratochvil (Czech Republic-USA), and others.
She performed in the Netherlands, Switzerland, England, France, Finland, USA, Argentina, Mongolia, Serbia. Her performing the role of Violetta (La Traviata by Verdi) during the theatre tours in the United Kingdom was highly appreciated by English critics: “The singer performs at the highest professional level. She has really great talent, skills and a beautiful voice.” Vera also tours a lot in the cities of the Krasnoyarsk Region, Khakassia, the Kemerovo and Irkutsk Regions, as well in Serbia.
Vera Baranova manages to combine her singing career with teaching at the Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Arts; she’s Professor of the Vocal Faculty (2018). Among the Academy’s graduates are the winner of Russian and international competitions, principal singer of the Mariinsky Theatre Kristina Aliyeva, the diploma winner of international competitions Yulia Peretokina, the winner of international competitions Alexandra Cherpakova, etc.
Between 2009 and 2010, Vera was Artistic Director of the Children's Opera Studio of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. Through her enterprise, the four international festivals Stars Parade at the Opera took place in the theatre. Eminent opera conductors took part in it, such as People’s Artist of Russia Eugene Brazhnik, Deyan Savic (Serbia), Ilmar Lapins (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, People’s Artist of Russia Oleg Kulko, Honoured Artists of Russia Roman Muravitsky, Eugeny Akimov, Mikhail Gubsky, Mikhail Urusov, winners of prestigious international competitions of vocalists Vasily Ladyuk, Roman Shulakov, Agunda Kulayeva, and others.
Vera Baranova is an author and promoter of the Golden Voices of Siberia project. The Gala Nights of the theatre’s soloists took place in 2010 on stages of the Small Hall and Organ Hall of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic Society within the project. Such soloists performed in the concerts as People's Artists of Russia Vladimir Yefimov, Larisa Marzoyeva, Honoured Artist of Russia Natalia Sokolova, principal opera singers Boris Sabirov, Andrei Silenko, Anastasia Lepeshinskaya, Svetlana Ratslaf-Levchuk, Anna Kiselyova, and Honoured Artist of Russia Vera Baranova herself.
She recorded two solo albums – “My Angel” and “All About My Love”.
The roles performed:
Susanna – Le Nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart
Cinderella, Prickle – Cinderella by A. Spadavecchia
Karolina – The Secret Marriage by D. Cimarosa
Emma – Khovanshchina by M. Mussorgsky
Mařenka – Prodaná nevěsta by B. Smetana
Oscar the page – Un ballo in maschera by G. Verdi
Violetta – Traviata by G. Verdi
Flora – Carmina Burana by C. Orff
Maria – La Fille du Régiment by G. Donizetti
Marfa – The Tsar's Bride by N. Rimsky-Korsakov
Alionushka – Way to Go, Balda by B. Kravchenko
Rosina – The Barber of Seville by G. Rossini
Musetta – La Boheme by G. Puccini
Gilda – Rigoletto by G. Verdi
Snow Maiden – The Snow Maiden by N. Rimsky-Korsakov
Adina – L'elisir d'amore by G. Donizetti
Rosalinda – Strauss-Gala to the music by J. Strauss II
Shura’s Nanny – A Hussar Ballad by T. Khrennikov
Volkhova – Sadko by N. Rimsky-Korsakov
Zemfira – Aleko by S. Rachmaninov
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
Rosina – Le Nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart
Laureate of the regional competition of the best employees in the field of art in the nomination “For personal contribution to the preservation and development of the culture of the Krasnoyarsk Region” (2017);
The Kuzbass Medal of Honour (2013);
An award badge “Municipal coat of arms of Krasnoyarsk” for a substantial contribution to the development of the city of Krasnoyarsk (2013);
The Kuzbass Honourable employee in the sphere of culture (2012);
The regional festival Theatre Spring award “The best female role in an opera/operetta (musical)” (The Snow Maiden in the eponymous opera by Rimsky-Korsakov and Adina in the opera The Elixir of Love by Donizetti);
The Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation’s certificate of honour (2010);
The Krasnoyarsk Mayor P. I. Pimashkov’s certificate of honour “For large contribution to the development of culture and arts in the city of Krasnoyarsk” (2009);
Certificates of honour of the Ministry of Culture of the Krasnoyarsk Region “For honest work and high professionalism” (2008-2009);
The Kuzbass Award (2008);
The medal of the governor of the Kemerovo Region A. G. Tuleyev “For faith and goodness” (2004);
The medal of the governor of the Kemerovo Region A. G. Tuleyev “For the dignified mentoring of children” (2004);
The Krasnoyarsk Region governor A. G. Khloponin’s certificate of honour “For high creative achievements and a substantial contribution to the development of opera art” (2003);
“The Best Debut” of the regional festival Theatre Spring (Violetta in La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi);
The Krasnoyarsk Mayor P. I. Pimashkov’s certificate of honour “For honest work, a substantial contribution to the development of musical art and in connection with the 25th anniversary of the theatre” (2003).