Rena Galibova

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Rena Galibova
Birth name Рена Абрамовна Галибова
Born (1915-05-24)May 24, 1915
Kokand, Turkestan Krai, Russian Empire
Origin Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Died September 10, 1995(1995-09-10) (aged 80)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Genres Shashmaqom, Opera, Folk
Occupation(s) Opera singer, folk singer
Years active 1935–1995
Associated acts Shoista Mullodzhanova, Hanifa Mavlianova, Rafael Tolmasov

Rena Galibova (Russian: Рена Абрамовна Галибова, Tajik: Раъно Абрамовна Ғолибова, Persian: رعنا غالبوا‎‎) (born May 24, 1915, died September 10, 1995, age 80) was a Tajikistani actress and opera singer who was named the People’s Artist of Tajikistan. She was born in the city of Kokand in 1915 to a progressive Bukharan Jewish family. Her childhood years were spent in Tashkent, where her father was a theatrical producer. Having gotten musical education from her father, Rena Galibova began her theatrical career at 13. Soon she was noticed and by the age of 18 she was invited to work on Tashkent Radio. There she worked with many famous Uzbek and Bukharian artists.

In 1934 Rena Galibova married a known Bukharian writer, Gavriel Samandarov, and in 1938 they moved to Stalinabad (now Dushanbe), Tajikistan. There Rena Galibova continued her theatrical career in the Theater of Opera and Ballet where she took on many leading roles. In 1939, Rena Galibova was awarded the title of Merited Artist of Tajikistan and in 1941 she was given the title of People’s Artist of Tajikistan as well as the Order of Lenin after she performed in front of Joseph Stalin and he was very impressed by her talent.

During the World War II Rena Galibova was one of many Bukharian Jewish artists who performed throughout the USSR in the war effort. After the war Rena Galibova continued to perform in many cities and towns of the USSR. In 1957 she was welcomed on the scene of Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Later in her life Rena Galibova moved to the United States and lived in Boston, where she died at the age of 80 in 1995. Her gravestone, in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Queens, reads "Honored Artist of Tajikistan".[1]