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Legendary Russian Opera Singer Dies In Moscow

Irina Arkhipova sings in Modest Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov" in 1984.
MOSCOW -- Famous Russian opera singer Irina Arkhipova died in Moscow today at the age of 85, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Nadezhda Khachaturova, the executive director of the singer's Arkhipova Foundation, told journalists that the veteran mezzo-soprano suffered cardiac arrest at a Moscow hospital.

Arkhipova had been a soloist at the Bolshoi Theater since 1956. Her career peaked in the 1960s and 1970s when she made guest appearances around the world, including at Milan's La Scala and London's Covent Garden.

Arkhipova was perhaps most famous for her portayal of Carmen in Bizet's opera of the same name.

She also taught at the Moscow State Conservatory since 1975.

Khachaturova said Arkhipova will be buried on February 13 at Moscow's prestigious Novodevichye Cemetery.