Muslum Magomayev to be Buried in Baku (UPDATED with comments of Azerbaijani Embassy in Russia)

Politics Materials 27 October 2008 12:44 (UTC +04:00)
Muslum Magomayev to be Buried in  Baku (UPDATED with comments of Azerbaijani Embassy in   Russia)

Russia, Moscow, 27 October / Trend corr. R.Agayev/ After the farewell ceremony to Muslum Magomayev in the Chaykovski Concert Hall in Moscow on 28 October, the body will be delivered to Baku by a special flight in the second half of the day, Azerbaijani Embassy in Russia said to Trend .

The renowned singer will be buried in the Honorary Cemetery in Baku after the funeral on 29 October.

Muslum Magomayev was born in Baku on 17 August 1942. 

He studied fortepiano and composing at a musical school at the Baku Conservatory and graduated from the Singing Department of the Conservatory.

Magomayev became famous around the Soviet Union after performing in the Kremlin Palace at the final concert of the Azerbaijani Art Festival in 1962. His first solo concert took place in the Chaykovski Concert Hall on 10 November 1963.

In 1963, Magomayev became a soloist of the Azerbaijani Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Akhundov. In 1964-1965, he worked on probation at the La Scala Theatre in Milan. In 1960, he performed The Barber of Seville in the largest cities of the Soviet Union (Maria Bieshu was among his partners). Magomayev rejected the proposal to pass to the Bolshoi Theatre.

Magomayev wins First Prize in Festival held in Sopot in 1969 and Gold Record Reward in Cannes

In 1973 he was rewarded People's Artist of USSR when he was only 31-years old in addition to the people's artist of Azerbaijan SSR. 

Magomayev's repertoire included more than 600 works (Russian romances, classic, pop and Neapolitan songs); he has starred in a number of films including Nizami, Muslum Magomayev Sings and Moscow in Music. He is the author of over 20 songs and music for films. He was also author and presenter of a series of TV programs about life and creative work of the American singer Mario Lanza. Magomayev also wrote a book about him.

Magomayev spent last years of his life in Moscow. He toured to different cities of the former Soviet Union and foreign countries now and then. He was also engaged in sculpture and graphic arts. Muslim Magomayev once said about his not performing ant more: "The God has defined certain time for every voice and one should not step over it". However, he did not have any problems related his voice.

Muslum Magomayev, 67, died in the early morning of 25 October. In recent years, he suffered heart failure.

Presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan Dmitry Medvedev and Ilham Aliyev presented their condolence to the USSR people's artist Tamara Sinyavskaya, widow of Muslim Magomayev.

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