Charitable Foundation Chance For Life brings the incomparable Oleg Pogudin, doubtlessly, one of the most iconic Russian interpreters and leading performers of the 19th century romances and lyrical songs – to London this spring. He will give a single concert this March with his Songs of Love programme.
Oleg Pogudin, born and educated in St. Petersburg, is rightfully known as the “Silver Voice of Russia”. His voice is warm, clear and soulful. His unique timbre can carry off the subtlest emotional nuances in expressive and yet understated manner, following the best Russian romance performing traditions. From early on in his career, he stood out as a singer with the choicest repertoire, serious approach to research and arrangement, performing technique and musical style, and stayed as close as possible to the classical aesthetic ideals of the 19-20th century. Oleg is a versatile singer: his repertoire ranges across the genres of Russian town and classic romances by P. I. Tchaikovsky, European arias from operas, operettas and musicals, folk songs, cabaret performances of Alexander Vertinsky , guitar compositions and even some 20th century bard songs by B. Okudzhava and WWII Russian ballads. It will not be an exaggeration, though, to call him an ambassador of Russian 19th and early 20th century culture.
Pogudin’s performance geography stretches across three continents, and he sings in many European languages. Through his convincing performances, the artist demonstrates that the Russian romance, traditionally considered to be a chamber genre, can have a wide- reaching success with multi-thousand audiences. In the artist’s opinion, “in difficult times of complicated relationships between nations and countries, the culture is something resembling a magic wand: cultural events unite people, and help defuse the situation.”
The singer earned many national awards, prizes and honorary titles, among which are the “Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation” and “People’s Artist of Russia “. His debut in London will also become an act of charity: all the proceeds from the concert will go to medical treatments for 2 year-old Samir Shafigullin, who is looked after by Life Line charity in Russia.
Chance for Life has been collaborating with the Life Line for years — the reason being a more efficient outreach to the children in need of urgent medical help in Russia. Please, come to the concert, enjoy a sublime performance and help a child to get a chance for life!