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Outstanding singer that leaves deep mark in musical history

25 October 2023 13:37 (UTC+04:00)
Outstanding singer that leaves deep mark in musical history
Laman Ismayilova
Laman Ismayilova
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Muslim Magomayev has entered musical history as an outstanding singer who left a deep mark on Azerbaijani culture.

The idol of millions of people and created delightful examples of operatic vocal performance.

Fifteen years have passed since the death of a prominent singer, Azernews reports.

Magomayev was born on August 17, 1942, in Baku, to a well-known and respected family. He was named after his grandfather, a proclaimed composer, conductor, and pianist who wrote two operas, "Shah Ismail" and "Nargiz," and was the founder of Azerbaijani classical music.

The legendary singer grew up in a creative environment: his father was a theatre artist, while his mother was a dramatic actress.

In 1964, Magomayev left for a one-year internship at the Milan Opera House, La Scala.

In 1962, he first appeared in Moscow, where he performed during the Days of Azerbaijani Culture. He sang an aria from Gounod’s Faust, and the song "Do the Russians Want War?" that left no one indifferent.

Magomayev was also known as a composer and wrote several film soundtracks and songs. He composed songs, soundtracks, and music for theatrical performances. In addition, he played in films and acted as a host on television and radio broadcasts.

In 1966 and 1969, Magomayev performed at the Paris Olympia with great success. At the very young age of 31, he was awarded the title of People's Artist of the USSR.

The world-famous baritone successfully toured across Italy, France, Bulgaria, Finland, Canada, the United States, Cuba, and other countries.

The 80th anniversary of the great singer was celebrated last year with a series of events. As part of the anniversary, a monument to Muslim Magomayev was unveiled in the Baku Seaside National Park. President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva took part in the ceremony.

Azerbaijan's prominent singer received a star at the Sea Breeze Walk of Fame.

People's Artist of the USSR, Tamara Sinyavskaya, who was the spouse of the legendary singer, participated in the ceremony.

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Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @lmntypewriterrr

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