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by Nina Dorda
Nina Dorda (1924 to 2016) was a Russian popular singer. Nina Ilinichna Dorda was born in Moscow, Russia, on August 27th 1924. In 1946, she became a soloist-vocalist with the 'Union Concert Tours Association' ('VGKO'), and from 1954 to 1959 sang in a 'jazz' orchestra with Eddie Rosner. Thanks to their extensive and colourful tour programme, Dorda gained useful prominence within her home country. In 1960, she created a new orchestra, along with her husband, the musician Maykl Lipski. She served as a soloist for two decades, including for the Moscow Music Hall, which had tours throughout North and South America, as well as in Japan from 1969 to 1970. As a perceived 'genre' singer, her songs were seen to be sincere, fervent, sly, and sad. The tunes were made easily accessible and quickly caught on with the public. Such features as a pleasant tone of voice, soft and intimate manner of execution, and sparkling mischief allowed her to win the hearts of audiences. These qualities evoked flattering reviews of the singer in the official Soviet press. Dorda stopped performing in 1980, but her work remained very popular, and a number of her songs were covered by other singers. In 1995, in recognition of her past creativity and bright personality, she was finally awarded the title of 'Honored Artist of Russia'. She was also the inspiration for the character of a singer, 'Vera Gorda', in the novel "Moscow Saga", by Soviet writer Vasily Aksyonov. In 2004, this novel was adapted into a television series, where the role of 'Gorda' was played by Kristina Orbakaite. Nina Dorda died in Moscow on February 26th 2016, at the age of 91. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7956782/
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nina_Dorda
Posted: 22nd March 2016
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