Evgenia Vladimirovna Karpova is a person who forever entered the history of Russian theater. She will forever remain the soul and legend of the Drama Studio of Leningrad State University, which she created and directed for many years. This is a man of great soul and a difficult fate.
Evgenia Vladimirovna was born back in 1893 on June 3. Zhenya lost her father very early.
He died when the girl was only 2 years old. Vladimir Pavlovich was a great theater-goer. He wrote a lot of works for the stage. Mom - Lidia Valentinovna Lazenskaya - ballerina at the Mariinsky Theater. After finishing her career as a ballerina, she taught in gymnasiums for girls. Evgenia had two sisters - Vera and Lida.
Lydia, like Leopoldina's grandmother, was a circus performer - a horsewoman.
Imperial St. Petersburg Theater School
The girl, studying at the gymnasium, showed very good knowledge and in 1910 she graduated with a gold medal. She easily entered the Imperial Theater School. She studied at the drama course with the famous teacher Davydov. In those days, future actors were taught not only to master the voice well, to be able to pronounce words beautifully and correctly. They had to be highly cultured, educated people. Therefore, the students deeply studied the history of art and theater, the history of literature and the country. While receiving her education, Evgenia was simultaneously engaged in fencing, dancing, gymnastics.
After graduating from drama school, a talented girl is invited to the corpse of the People's House. Here she gets her first role in the play by I.A. Goncharova "Break". At that time, the famous F.I. Chaliapin, who immediately noticed the young, talented actress and invited her to his performances. Seeing her great artistic talent, Chaliapin respected and highly appreciated Evgenia Vladimirovna.
The actress worked very hard. She played almost all the leading roles in the productions of the People's House. These were roles in famous performances: "The Prince and the Beggar", Jokers "," Ganeli "," Profitable Place "and others.
In 1916, Karpova and her family moved to Moscow, where he entered the service in the Bat cabaret theater. But a year later she left the theater due to the fact that she danced more than she spoke in. Evgenia Vladimirovna received real satisfaction from her work when she moved to Kharkov (1917) and entered the theater of N.N. Sinelnikov. He was a famous teacher and director, an outstanding theatrical figure.
Working in Kharkov, Karpova got married (1918), gave birth to a son, Yuri. Her husband's name was Boris Zakharovich Tomsinsky. The revolution in Russia has changed a lot in the life of the actress. Her relatives left Russia and emigrated abroad. She and her family return to Petrograd again. He settles in his native People's House. Due to the situation in the country, she has to move from one theater to another for several years. She worked in the troupe of the BDT. From there she moved to the Mobile Theater. She worked in Vologda, Dnepropetrovsk. In 1930, she returned to the BDT, which she soon left, as she was invited to the New Theater of Leningrad. She worked here until 1940. Elena Vladimirovna has always been in a creative search.
The war found the actress in Leningrad. As part of the concert brigades, she travels to the fronts with concerts, performs on the warships of the Baltic. In 1942, she and her husband left for the Altai Territory, where she began to engage in teaching activities, organizing drama circles. Soon her husband, who was seriously ill, dies (1943). After his death, Evgenia Vladimirovna returns to Leningrad to her son.
Now she decides to devote herself entirely to teaching. This period of her life was one of the main ones.Having organized a drama club at the university, she became its permanent leader for many years. Evgenia Vladimirovna gave all of herself to her studio and her students. She was loved and respected by her pupils. Many of the students later became famous actors (Sergei Yursky, Ivan Krasko, Nelly Podgornaya, Leonid Kharitonov and others).
In 1959, Evgenia Vladimirovna Karpova was awarded the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.
Evgenia Vladimirovna died in 1980 in Leningrad. She was buried at the Serafimovskoye cemetery.