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Larisa Dolina, singer and actress

Larisa Dolina, singer and actress

Larisa Dolina, singer and actress


Larisa Dolina (her maiden name is Kudelman) is a prominent Soviet and Russian jazz and pop singer and an actress. She was awarded the Order of Honor in 2005.
Beautiful girl was born on September 10, 1955 in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR. The singer’s musical career began in 1971, in a pop band We Are From Odessa. In 1990 Larisa played the main male role in rock opera Giordano (music by Laura Quint).
A year later, in 1991, Larisa was awarded the title of Best Female Singer of the country at the All-Union competition Pro. In 1993 she became the Honored Artist of Russia. Then, in 1994 Dolina received the prize Crystal Dolphin at the All-Russian competition in Yalta. By the way, she won the National Music Prize Ovation in nomination The best rock singer. Moreover, in 1996, she received the Ovation again as the best soloist of the year (in the Pop Music category).
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Irina Allegrova, Russian singer

Irina Allegrova, Russian singer

Irina Allegrova, Russian singer


Irina Allegrova is a Russian singer of Russian and Armenian descent (her father was Armenian).
Beautiful girl was born on January 20, 1952 in Rostov-on-Don. Irina’s mother was an actress and opera singer. The girl spent her childhood in Baku, Azerbaijan where she studied piano and ballet.
In the early 1980s she became lead soloist in David Tukhmanov’s group Electro Club. In the late 80’s Irina met Oscar Feltsman, who gave her a chance to begin her solo career and later wrote several songs for Irina.
You know, in 1982, Allegrova toured together with Igor Talkov and Ludmila Senchina as part of Margarita Terekhova’s musical theater.
Irina’s debut album My Destined One was written and produced by her then neighbor and friend Igor Nikolaev.
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Ekaterina Guseva, actress and singer

Ekaterina Guseva, actress and singer

Ekaterina Guseva, actress and singer


Ekaterina Guseva is a Russian film and theater actress, singer, Honored Artist of Russia (2009).
Pretty girl was born on July 9, 1976 in Moscow. In her childhood the girl was engaged in gymnastics, figure skating, swimming, and dancing.
She became famous thanks to her role in the television series Brigada (2002).
Katya was involved in the Georgian dance ensemble Kolkhida.
Guseva graduated from the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute. Katya played a lot of roles during her studying, but her favorite was the 80-year-old woman from The Last Ones, a play by Maxim Gorky.
From 1997 to 2001 Ekaterina performed at the By Nikitin’s Gate theater under the direction of Mark Rozovskii.
Guseva played the role of Katya Tatarionova in the first Russian classic musical Nord-Ost.
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Elena Temnikova, singer

Elena Temnikova, singer

Elena Temnikova, singer


Elena Temnikova is a Russian singer, TV presenter, designer. She took part in the talent show Star Factory 2 and was one of the three members of the Russian girl group Serebro.
Pretty girl was born on April 18, 1985 in Kurgan. Temnikova started to study music when she was five years old. In addition, she played the violin and sang in the choir.
At the age of 10 she was seriously engaged in music. The girl took part and won in many music contests. She left music school and entered Valeriy Chigintsev’s vocal studio.
In 2003 Elena moved to Moscow.
Temnikova came to media prominence as a contestant of the Channel One’s talents show Star Factory-2 in 2003. She was noted by Maxim Fadeev, the main producer of the show, and signed a recording contract with a Fadeev’s recording company Monolit Records.
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Anna Voronina, Angel-A

Anna Voronina, Angel-A

Anna Voronina, Angel-A


Angel A (her real name is Anna Voronina) was born on May 10, 1987 in Moscow. Since an early age the girl attended dance and vocal studios, participated in different competitions. While studying in high school she joined a drama club. She graduated from the music school, opened at the State Musical College.
She studied at the Shchukin Theater School, but didn’t finish it.
In 2006, Anna contacted the producer of the group Reflex V. Tyurin. So, he invited the girl to his new project – the musical collective Non-Stop, and Anya agreed. Together with two other members of the group (Olya Kobyakova and Natasha Varlamova) Anna recorded songs Electronic Love and Under the Ban.
A year later, Voronina left Non-Stop. And her husband Sergey Nikonov became her producer. He created a group called Angel-A and Anya became a vocalist. Also the producer invited a dancer and back-vocalist. In a short time, several songs were recorded.
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Tatiana Ovsienko, Russian singer

Tatiana Ovsienko, Russian singer

Tatiana Ovsienko, Russian singer


Tatiana Ovsienko is a Russian singer, Honored Artist of Russia (2001). She is known as one of the vocalists of the group Mirazh (Mirage) which was popular in the 80s.
Pretty girl was born on October 22, 1966. At the age of four the girl became engaged in figure skating. However, when Tatiana went to school, her parents began to notice that morning workouts had a negative impact on education. Then Ovsienko was engaged in gymnastics and swimming.
She worked as an administrator at the hotel Bratislava in Kiev. In 1988 she met Natalia Vetlitskaya, soloist of the group Mirazh, who lived in the Bratislava during the tour. Natalia suggested Tatiana to enter the group as a dresser. In late 1988 Tatiana became a soloist of the group together with Irina Saltykova.
The album Music Bound Us was released in 1989 and many songs became hits. Ovsienko received several prestigious awards and became the face of the group. However, Mirage had the opposite side of popularity: at the concerts the band performed under the soundtrack recorded by the singer Margarita Sukhankina.
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Margarita Sukhankina, Russian singer

Margarita Sukhankina, Russian singer

Margarita Sukhankina, Russian singer


Margarita Sukhankina is a Soviet and Russian opera (mezzo-soprano) and pop singer.
Pretty girl was born on April 10, 1964 in Moscow. In 1983 she graduated from the Music Teachers Training College and entered the conservatory.
Two years later, in 1985, she collaborated with Andrei Lityagin.
In 1986 three songs for the first Mirage’s album were recorded: The Stars Are Waiting For Us, Video and That Night. Then in 1988 she recorded the second album Together Again. Tatiana Ovsienko, Irina Saltykova and Natalia Vetlitskaya toured with her songs.
In 1989 the third album Not For The First Time was recorded, but it was never released.
After pop group Mirage, Margarita began her career in Bolshoi Theatre but in 2003 she quitted.
Then in 2004 she met Natalia Gulkina, and they recorded the album Just A Mirage. And in 2008 two new music videos for the songs 1000 Stars and Flashes Night were released.
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