An esteemed Soprano, Raisa Shapiro has a bachelor's degree from the Rimsky-Korsakov Music School and an MA degree from the St. Petersburg (Leningrad) Conservatory, the most prestigious music academy in the former Soviet Union (of Julliard in the U.S). She received vocal instruction from the legendary Yekaterina Andreeva and Galina Kovalova, the soloist of the Kirov Opera Theatre. She specialized in opera singing, equivalent lieder singing and in teaching. In 1967 she won the Baltic Contemporary Music competition. Her operatic debut was in St. Petersburg as the contessa in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.
Ms. Shapiro sang with the opera studio in Leningrad and in the Israeli opera in Tel Aviv. She sang with the Moscow Philharmonic, the Latvia state orchestra, the Jerusalem orchestra and the Beer Sheva orchestra. Her tours as a soloist with orchestras and as a recitalist took her all over the world. In the United States Ms. Shapiro gave numerous performances among them in Carnegie Hall and in the Sanders Theater. She also appeared as a guest soloist with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and with the Kammergild Chamber Orchestra in St. Louis, MO). Ms. Shapiro has also recorded extensively with the Latvian State Radio in Riga, Latvia and in Jerusalem, Israel. For the Israeli state radio Ms. Shapiro recorded the music of Russian composers from Chaikovsky, Moussorksky, Rachmaninof, Prokofiev to Shostakovitz. Her entire repertoire is available at the Israeli State Radio archives, which has been recently obtained by Harvard University. She has also recorded Jewish and Broadway songs in Jewish radio stations in New York City.
Ms. Shapiro taught at the Riga Conservatory in her native Latvia, at the Beer-Sheva and Holon conservatories in Israel and more recently she has been teaching at the Department of Music in Boston College and also to private students.