Lyudmila Shirina

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Lyudmila Shirina
Lyudmila Shirina in 2011
Born(1948-08-01)1 August 1948
Bilozerka, Soviet Union
EducationOdesa Conservatory
  • Operatic soprano
TitlePeople's Artist of Ukraine

Lyudmila Shirina (Ukrainian: Людмила Ширина; born 1 August 1948, in Bilozerka, Soviet Union) is a Ukrainian operatic soprano, a member of the Odesa Opera and Ballet Theater.


Born in Bilozerka, Shirina played several instruments including accordion and piano. She liked gymnastics, volleyball and basketball. Shirina studied voice at the Odesa Conservatory with M. V. Golyatovskaya. She won the International Tchaikovsky Competition.[1]

Shirina has been a member of the Odesa Opera and Ballet Theater from 1975,[2] later also in charge of the company.[3] She has toured in Europe to France, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy and Spain, and further to Canada, Japan and Afghanistan. In 1990, she took part in a recording of a gala concert "The Golden Crown" of the second International Festival of Opera at the theatre, conducted by Vasyl Vasylenko.[4] She appeared in Odesa in the title role of Tchaikovsky's The Maid of Orleans in 1994.[5]

In 1977, she received the Grand Prix at the International Vocal Competition in Toulouse (France). She was awarded the title People's Artist of Ukraine in 1993, and was named Chevalier of the Order of Princess Olga in 1998.


Shirina's operatic roles include:


  1. ^ "Odessa national A. V. Nezhdanova Academy of Music". 2022. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Ukraine Travel Guide: Things to Do & Places to Go". 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Оперный победил!". (in Ukrainian). 9 July 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  4. ^ "The Records". 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  5. ^ Pugliaro, G. (1995). Opera '95. Annuario dell'opera lirica in Italia (in Italian). EDT. p. 78. ISBN 978-88-7063-266-8. Retrieved 17 March 2022.

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