Death of Irina Arkhipova

February 11, 2010
Moscow, Russia

Soviet-era diva who sang at the Bolshoi theater for decades dies at 85.
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The Associated Press

MOSCOW

Irina Arkhipova, a Soviet-era diva who sang at the Bolshoi theater for decades, has died. She was 85.

The director of the Arkhipova Foundation, Nadezhda Khachaturova, said the singer died of cardiac arrest Thursday at Moscow's Botkin hospital.

Arkhipova, a mezzo-soprano and later contralto, sang leading roles for the Bolshoi for decades after joining it in 1956. She reached the peak of her career in the 1960s and 1970s, making guest...

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