Olga Rozhdestvenskaya: biography, career, photos and facts
There were many talented singers in the USSR - with a wonderful voice, diction, manner of performance and, in fact, repertoire. How many gorgeous hits of that era do the public enjoy listening to today? Hundreds of them! But, alas, when The union fell apart - a lot of artists disappeared off the radar. And some have never sought publicity - as in the case of Jeanne Rozhdestvenskaya and her daughter Olga.
Olga became a sensation at a tender age 7 years. Apparently, a beautiful sensual voice is inherited in the Rozhdestvensky family. What happened to the girl who sang a song about "crocodiles, hippos and Africa" in the film? "Little Red Riding Hood."what's her relationship with her mother, and what does she look like today? Let's find out.
Musical roots and boarding school
Olga was born on 2 August 1969 in Saratov - that means she will celebrate a round date in the summer of 2024, 55th anniversary! Her mother is a famous Soviet singer. Zhanna Rozhdestvenskayawhose powerful four-octave voice mesmerised the audience. It is said that she was the only one who could perform a rock opera "Juno and Avos." - at least that emotionally and sensually. Olga's father Sergey Akimov - was a drummer. The parents met as students, and - as is often the case at that age - they married, believing it to be a lifelong love. But soon after the birth of their child, the couple separated - each wanted to develop his career, and family life was a hindrance. Olga did not see her father until she was 14 years old....
But Olga did not see her mother very often in her childhood either. Jeanne set off to conquer the capital when her daughter was about 6 years old. At first, Olga was brought up grandparents in the small town of Rtischevo, then her mother took her in, but soon Olga ended up in a boarding school, as Zhanna had problems with accommodation in Moscow. However, nothing spoilt their relationship....
The girl learnt music and sang well. As she would later say herself, her love for this art is in her blood: both grandparents sang in their family.
"They took me away with a fever!" - burden of glory
At the age of 7, Olga became a star! She made her debut as part of the film "Little Red Riding Hood." 1977, where she performed the famous song about "crocodiles, hippos and Africa". After the children's musical was released, Olga woke up an all-union favourite! Already at the age of 8 she was actively performing, recording and touring - she travelled all over the Soviet Union together with Mikhail Boyarsky and Irina Ponarovskaya.
At the same time, Olga recorded with her mother (the operas The Star and Death of Joaquin Murietta and Juno and Avos), and performed a number of children's songs for films "The Magicians, The Adventures of Petrov and Vasechkin, Extraordinary and Unbelievable. and so on. It was Olga who was to perform the compositions for the "Pippi Longstocking." - composer Vladimir Dashkevich actively insisted on it! But the director chose another girl....
Young Olga's most striking role remains Sona from "I'm Making Up a Song."! Critics praised the young actress' performance, and many Soviet children recognised her on the street and immediately ran to "Sonya". Once, during a tour, Olga and other musicians happened to be in a pioneer camp. The children immediately surrounded the young star, literally tearing her apart (according to Olga herself). The incident terrified the girl, but it did not make her dislike singing.
"When you're a kid, you don't think about whether it's hard or easy. You just know if you like it or not. I liked it!"
Despite her tender age, Olga worked on an equal footing with her adult colleagues - she once gave a 11 performances in one day! Tired, but she kept working. One time I even spoke in front of Brezhnev despite her high fever. As her mother Zhanna recalled, Olya was very ill at the time, feverish, and people in suits came to them to pick up their daughter. "The child is sick! Where are you taking her? What performances?" - begged the mother. But they took Olya - put her in the car and took her to Brezhnev's dacha....
When the country started PerestroikaOlga was already a grown-up girl, and many listeners somehow forgot about her... Actually, during that period the public forgot about many stars of Russian pop music, who stopped recording, performing, broadcasting... For various reasons: someone got drunk, someone left, someone's life was tragically cut short, and someone, as critics say, elementary "cut off the oxygen.". The same theory has been put forward in relation to Zhanna and Olga Rozhdestvensky: some believe that Alla Pugacheva blocked their access to the media space, actively developing the career of her daughter Kristina - and her own, of course. We do not dare to say so, but this rumour has been around for decades....
Olga was never able to get an education - she repeated the fate of her mother and early had a baby. At the age of 19, Olga married a musician Arkady Martynenkoand gave birth to a son. However, she did not intend to give up on her career... Together with her husband, Olga performed in the project Moscow Grooves Instituteand her biggest hit of the period was the style of "Chrysanthemums.".
In the early 2000s, together with her mother, Olga participated in the recording of a new version of the rock opera "Juno and Avos." - The music video for it has been running on domestic music TV channels for a long time.
She voiced commercials and actresses, and sang songs for films - though not as often as before. Now Olga maintains a secluded lifestyle and does not seek publicity at all. However, why should she? As practice shows, an artist is loved and respected for his worknot for talking big on camera.