born in 1950 in Stavropol-
Steblyanko is much more often written Steblianko in Latin letters. The Mariinsky Theatre website,
which has also
his biography and repertory.
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| Alexei Steblyanko sings||Carmen: C'est toi with Dragana Jugovic del Monaco
A surprise recording by Alexei Steblianko: Dragana Jugovic del Monaco (I've no idea as
to her relationship to the del Monaco clan) has been the star of the Belgrade Opera
for many years, and actually a quite fine mezzosoprano... except when being heavily
drunk... This is from a gala concert broadcast live by Serbian TV. She was hardly able
to stand upright, but didn't mysteriously slip off the text. Steblianko does an
amazingly unperturbed job, and goes on singing (and even really well) as if nothing
were wrong with his partner. The applause (which is not overwhelming, though) may have been meant for Steblianko,
who is actually good here. But I don't absolutely understand what the conductor
did. And not just the conductor: there must have been a concert manager, a complete
TV crew, lots of people who could have intervened, and backstage already. It's simply
incredible that they all let her step out on the podium and go on as if nothing happened.
They didn't stop the live broadcast; it was seen, and heard, completely on Serbian TV.
One of the funniest recordings I ever came across.
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If this would have happened at the Marseille Opéra, when it was still a great house,
there would be no more vegetable available for sales the next day.
I wish to thank Robert for the recording (Carmen).
I wish to thank Georges Cardol for the recording (Otello).