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Nikolay Barabanov

Nikolay Barabanov

Nikolay Barabanov (1890, Penza Governorate, Russian Empire – 1970,  Riga, Latvian SSR) – an actor of the  Riga Russian Drama Theatre from 1921 to 1970.

N. Barabanov  began his career as actor already at  the beginning of the 1900s, played in different theatres. In 1913 finished Moscow Philharmonic School and began to work at Moscow Free Theatre at K.Mardzhanov.

In 1916-1918 performed in Emperor Alexander theatre in Petrograd. This period proved to be fruitful, full of innovative approach, original scenic achievements. He cooperated with the famous V.Meyerhold, played in various theatres of Petrograd, Moscow, Kharkov. N. Barabanov was invited to play in Riga Russian Drama theatre in the 1920ies.

At the beginning of the 1930ies N. Barabanov takes up pedagogical activities, actually being a supervisor of theatre studio with a special curriculum including such courses as diction, eloquence, logical reading.

After the war N.Barabanov's artistic talent was again in high demand. In 1955 he was given the title of People's actor of the Latvian Soviet Republic.

He prefered to play classical roles based on the works of famous Russian and foreign writers (F. Dostoevsky, W. Shakespear, A. Pushkin, M. Gorky).



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