Roza Baglanova

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Roza Baglanova
Born (1922-01-01)January 1, 1922
Kazalinsk, Turkestan ASSR, Russian SFSR (now Kyzylorda Region, Kazakhstan)
Died February 8, 2011(2011-02-08) (aged 89)
Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan
Genres Opera, pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Soprano vocals

Roza Tazhibaevna Baglanova (January 1, 1922 – February 8, 2011) was a Soviet and Kazakh soprano opera and pop music singer, who was honored with many awards throughout her career, including the People’s Artist of the USSR (1967) and the Order of Lenin. She was also deemed a National Hero of Kazakhstan.[1]

Early life[edit]

Baglanova was born in Kazalinsk, in Kyzylorda Region, and studied at the Kyzylorda Pedagogical Institute from 1939 to 1941. From 1941 to 1947, she was a soloist with the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Uzbek Philharmonic. Beginning in 1949, she became a singer with the Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet,[2] then the Kazakh State Philharmonic Society (1960) and was a leading master of the Kazakh state concert association "Kazakhconcert".[3] During her career, she performed in Poland, the German Democratic Republic, Belgium, Hungary, Austria, Czechoslovakia, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, India, Burma, Canada, and other countries. One of her passions was singing in the language of the country she was performing in, and so performed traditional folk songs in Russian, Kazakh, Uzbek, Tatar, Mongolian, Korean, and others.

Baglanova was also included in the first edition of "Women of the World" in the Anglo-American encyclopedia, "Who's Who".


Baglanova died of a heart attack at the age of 89 in Alma-Ata.


  • People's Artist of Kazakh SSR
  • Medal "For Military Merit" (1945)
  • People's Artist of U.S.S.R. (1967)[4]
  • Shapagat Medal (1995)
  • People's Artist of Kyrgyzstan (1996)
  • "Daneker" International Prize (2000)
  • Order of Lenin
  • Order of the Red Banner of Labor
  • The Order of Friendship of Peoples
  • The Order of Honour
  • Highest rank of the Republic of Kazakhstan "People's Hero"
  • Public Prize "Tarlan" - "Contribution"


  1. ^ The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd, Ed.
  2. ^ "Prominent Kazath singer Roza Baglanova Dies". Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Baglanova, Roza". Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Gender Politics in Central Asia, by Christa Hammerle

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