Rest_In_Peace's current selection is:
Alter Walzer (traditional)
by Ivan Ponomarenko, with Don Kosaken Chor
Ivan Ponomarenko (1945 to 2019) was a Ukrainian operatic baritone singer. Ivan Viktorovich Ponomarenko was born on November 11th 1945 in Kalinovka, Vitovsky, Mykolaiv Oblast, Ukraine (then a part of the USSR). At the age of fourteen, his voice drew the attention of his schoolteacher, who advised him to continue to study music and voice. After entering the Odessa Conservatory, he graduated from the class of Olga Blagovidova (whose other notable pupils included Bela Rudenko, Zoya Khristich, Nikolai Ogrenich and Alexander Voroshilo). He won first prizes at both the the 6th International 'Glinka' Vocal Competition (1973) and the 5th International 'Tchaikovsky' Vocal Competition (1974). After joining the 'All-Union Radio and Television Folk Orchestra', Ponomarenko travelled abroad with them to tour the USA and Canada. Also in 1974, he became a soloist with the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre, and from 1981 had instead held the same position with the National Opera of Ukraine. He was the first Ukrainian singer to perform in operas in the South African Republic, where he appeared in Johannesburg and Pretoria in Verdi's operas "Rigoletto" and "Aida". Some of his most notable operatic performances were as 'Yeletsky' in Tchaikovsky's "La Dame de Pique", as 'Giorgio Germont' in Verdi's "La traviata", as 'Amonasro' in the same composer's "Aida", and as 'Scarpia' in Puccini's "Tosca". He was awarded the "Order of Merit Class II" in the year 2015, and received the "Order of Merit Class ?" in 2019. Ivan Ponomarenko died in Kiev on April 11th 2019, aged 73. [ Translated from: ]
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Posted: 14th May 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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