Oleg Pogudin

Oleg Pogudin

The bright tenor, winner of numerous state awards and a member of the Council for Culture under the President of Russia, returns to Rialto’s stage accompanied by a folk instruments ensemble.

Pogudin is famous for his vocal and artistic style when it comes to interpreting Russian romances – also known as Russian Gypsy songs – and traditional folk songs. He is also a TV presenter and actor.

The 48-year-old soloist was a soloist of the children’s choir of Leningrad radio and television studio from 1979 till 1982. Moving on from this, he obtained an honorable diploma for studies at the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography in Saint Petersburg in 1990.

He got into acting in that same year and also released his first LP entitled Zvezda Lubvi (The Star of Love) in 1991. This was only the beginning of a grand career in Russia and abroad as just two years after the LP’s first release, he began touring and has not stopped since.

Pogudin’s repertoire includes more than 500 songs and romances, which are mainly old classical and urban Russian romances, folk songs, war-time ballads and old military marches, and songs based on works of foreign authors. He also performs monographic concerts devoted to Alexander Vertinsky, Pyotr Leshchenko and Bulat Okudzhava.