MVD Ensemble

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The Red Army Choir MVD Ensemble is an official academic ensemble of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation.[1] Established in 1939, the ensemble carries on the tradition of choirs and ballets of the Soviet Red Army, with singers, musicians and dancers. MVD Ensemble and Alexandrov Ensemble are the only groups with the right to claim the title "Red Army Choir"[citation needed].


The Red Army Choir was born to serve and sustain the Soviet state. Its task was to lift the morale of the exhausted troops, and it did so by glorifying the revolutionary ideal, allowing people to re-live the spirit of the October Revolution and the storming of the Winter Palace.

The Alexandrov Ensemble, under the patronage of the Ministry of Defence, was founded in 1929, and The MVD Ensemble under that of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in 1939. [2]

Ensemble MVD has been established in 1939 under the direction of Alexander Vassilivitch. General Victor Eliseev became director of MVD Ensemble in 1985.

The Ensemble's repertoire is composed of traditional Russian music, sacred music, opera arias and popular music, such as "Katyusha", "Kalinka", "Kernina", "Ave Maria".

Since the 1980s, The Red Army Choir MVD has performed on all continents after modernizing their repertoire. Ensemble MVD has realized more than seven thousand performances in several languages, and more than 20 million viewers worldwide. In this way, Ensemble MVD met the Pope John Paul II[3] in Rome, or opening Summer Olympics 1980 in Moscow.

The MVD Ensemble in 2007

It is the only military body having received the "Star Platinum", on the avenue dedicated to great Russian artists, and it counts fifty of his artists have received the supreme title of "Emeritus Artist of Russia".

In 2014, the Red Army Choir MVD opened the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, singing a cover of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky". On December 29 of the same year, the group released a video cover of Pharrell Williams's "Happy".[4]

General Viktor Eliseev[edit]

Viktor Eliseev was born June 9, 1950, in Moscow. He studied music and was graduated Major promotion of "Government Music Institute" in 1976. He joined the corps of the Ministry of the Interior in 1973 and quickly become director of the famous academic The Red Army Choir MVD in 1985, in just 35 years. He was elected "Man of the Year for the Culture" in 2007, and winning in China in 2009.


Vincent Niclo[edit]

The young French tenor Vincent Niclo wanted to record an album with choirs to interpret great opera arias. He sent some songs to the Red Army Choir MVD, and General Eliseev was seduced by the project. The Choir of the Red Army then invited Niclo on their French tour in March 2012 in which he sang two songs from the album Ameno and the French anthem, the "Marseillaise".

The 2012 album Opera Rouge was rewarded with Triple Platinum Award for 300 000 copies sold.[5]

Niclo was invited to sing with Red Army at Kremlin in Moscow during a special evening on November 10, 2012, to the occasion of the anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917.[6] He is the first French artist invited to sing at this venue.

In March 2013, The Red Army Choir invited again Niclo on their tour all over France and in some towns on Switzerland and Belgium.

Collaboration between the Red Army Choir and Niclo carry on with the album O Fortuna' will be released on October 26, 2013, in Germany.[7]

Julia Migenes[edit]

During the French issue, 300 choirs for Christmas aired on December 25, 2012, on the French channel TF1, the American soprano Julia Migenes performed with Vincent Niclo and the Red Army Choir the title "Libiamo" from Verdi's La traviata on the album Opera Rouge.[8]

Celine Dion[edit]

For the release of her new album, Celine Dion made a big show on November 24, 2012, in French TV, where she performed her biggest hits with unreleased guests. On this occasion Red Army Choir and Vincent Niclo interpreted "All by Myself" near her.[9] She invited Niclo to open the seven concerts that she gives in Paris and Anvers in November and December 2013.[10]

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