Kholminov, Alexander Nikolayevich (opera)
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(b Moscow, Sept 8, 1925). Russian composer . He graduated from Golubev’s class at the Moscow Conservatory in 1950. In addition to the composition of cantatas and mass songs on patriotic themes, he has devoted most of his career to opera. His first and best-known opera, Optimisticheskaya tragediya (‘An Optimistic Tragedy’, 1965), a tuneful treatment of a heroic-romantic subject from the Civil War period, achieved wide acclaim in the USSR after its première in 1965. In more recent operas he has turned to Russian literary classics. His chamber operas, based on works by writers such as Gogol, Chekhov and Dostoyevsky, were all first performed by the Chamber Opera Theatre in Moscow, and are notable for their spectacular theatricality. In 1978 he was awarded the USSR State Prize for his chamber-opera diptych after Gogol’s Shinel’ (‘The Overcoat’) and Kolyaska (‘The Carriage’), and in 1984 he was named People’s Artist of the USSR....