Vasily Nebolsin (Vassili Nebolsin) |

Vasily Nebolsin (Vassili Nebolsin) |

Vasily Nebolsin

Date of birth
Date of death
the USSR

Vasily Nebolsin (Vassili Nebolsin) |

Russian Soviet conductor, People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1955), laureate of the Stalin Prize (1950).

Almost all of Nebolsin’s creative life was spent at the Bolshoi Theater of the USSR. He received special education at the Poltava Musical College (graduating in 1914 in the violin class) and the Music and Drama School of the Moscow Philharmonic Society (graduating in 1919 in the violin and composition classes). The young musician went through a good professional school, playing in an orchestra under the direction of S. Koussevitzky (1916-1917).

In 1920, Nebolsin began work at the Bolshoi Theatre. At first he was a choirmaster, and in 1922 he first stood at the conductor’s stand – under his direction Aubert’s opera Fra Diavolo was underway. For almost forty years of creative work, Nebolsin constantly carried a large repertoire load. His main successes are associated with Russian opera – Ivan Susanin, Boris Godunov, Khovanshchina, The Queen of Spades, Garden, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, The Golden Cockerel …

In addition to operas (including works by foreign classical composers), V. Nebolsin also conducted ballet performances; He often performed in concerts.

And on the concert stage, Nebolsin often turned to opera. So, in the Hall of Columns, he staged May Night, Sadko, Boris Godunov, Khovanshchina, Faust with the participation of artists from the Bolshoi Theater.

The conductor’s performance programs included hundreds of works of symphonic literature, both classical and modern.

High professional skill and experience allowed Nebolsin to successfully implement the creative ideas of composers. Honored Artist of the RSFSR N. Chubanko writes: “Possessing a brilliant conductor’s technique, Vasily Vasilyevich was never bound by the score, although he always had it on the console. He followed the stage attentively and kindly, and we, the singers, constantly felt a real contact with him.”

Nebolsin also worked actively as a composer. Among his works are ballets, symphonies, chamber works.

L. Grigoriev, J. Platek

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