Anatolij Borysovych Solovyanenko


Solovyanenko was born on September 25th, 1932 in Donetsk into a miner family. From his earliest age, Solovyanenko was raised in an atmosphere of Russian and Ukrainian music.

Interest for opera came later, when Solovyanenko got acquainted with the well-known Ukrainian singer Oleksandr Korobejchenko, who discovered his talent.

From 1950, Solovyanenko took singing lessons with Korobejchenko, while continuing to study at the polytechnic institute that he finished in 1954. After completion of the polytechnic institute, he worked as instructor of descriptive geometry in the department of engineering drafting.

In 1962, Solovyanenko was recognized by a jury in a competition for national talents in Kiev for his interpretation, voice, and ease in the top notes, and was accepted as a trainee by the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre T. G. Shevchenko in Kiev. He made his debut in Rigoletto on November 22nd, 1963.

He was sent to Milan for further studies, where he studied with maestro Barra. Over the next years, he continued to improve his interpretation and the style of his lyrical tenor voice. Solovyanenko ranked third in the competition Naples against all. The song Serate a Mosca (which is nothing else than Podmoskovnye vechera) was on the Italian hit parade in 1965, after he had recorded it for Ricordi, as well as Scorre il Volga.

Back home, he remained a member of the Kiev opera theater, for a total of thirty years (1965–95). In the 1977/78 season, Solovyanenko sang twelve performances at the Metropolitan Opera. He toured the USA, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, Japan, Australia, Czechoslovakia, the GDR, Belgium, Mongolia, Japan, Australia, Cuba and Canada.

Solovyanenko sang 18 roles: Vladimir Igorevich, Lenskij, Alfredo, Andrij (Zaporozhets za Dunajem), Faust, Nadir, Rodolfo, Duca, Manrico, des Grieux, Turiddu, Edgardo, Cavaradossi, Grigorij... He also sang many concerts with works by Russian, Ukrainian and foreign composers.

In 1990, Solovyanenko took part in a concert with 14 world famous tenors, dedicated to the 100th birthday of Gigli at the Arena di Verona. The concert was issued on CD. All in all, he made 18 records (arias, romances, lieder).

Solovyanenko had a heart attack while sleeping and died on July 29th, 1999 in Kozyn near Kiev.

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Anatolij Solovyanenko sings Podmoskovnye vechera (Moscow nights) (Solovjov-Sedoj)
In RA format

Anatolij Solovyanenko singsIl trovatore: Di quella pira
In RA format

Anatolij Solovyanenko singsAida: Celeste Aida
In RA format
I wish to thank Tom Silverbörg for the recording (Aida).

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