Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 20, 2011

David Yuzhin (Tenor) (Village big Karakula, Ekaterinoslav 1863 - Moscow 1923)


His real surname was Pisitko. In his youth Yuzhin sang in church chorus. He studied in Taganrog with Regent Anastaseva. According to D. Agreneva-Slavjanskaya Yuzhin has gone to Petersburg, where, after unsuccessful attempt to study at the conservatory, took lessons of singing from M. Leonova. Later he studied in Europe with Clark, O. Sefferi, P. Vidal and S. Capelli. Since 1892 Yuzhin sang in chorus of Mariinsky Theatre. He made his debut in 1894 at the Kazansk-Saratovsk opera company. From 1896 to 1900 Yuzhin appeared in Samara, Kharkov, Odessa, Perm (1896-99), Kiev (1900, 1912), from 1901 to 1908 he sang at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, where made his debut as Raoul in ''Gli Ugonotti'', one of his best roles. At the same time sang also at  the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, from 1908 to 1912 at the S. Zimin’s Opera. In 1902 Yuzhin with great success appeared in Italy (Florence, Turin), where he participated in the premiere of Rendano's opera ''Consuela'', also in South America (1907), Brussels. He also performed in Tiflis, Kazan, Saratov, Odessa, Yalta, Baku, Ekaterinoslav. In different years has organized some own enterprises with which went on tour on cities of Russia. He had a beautiful, soft timbre, dramatic talent and bright scenic appearance. The greatest success had as performer of roles in the West-European repertoirе. His wife was a great russian soprano Natalya Ermolenko-Yuzhina (1881-1937).

Chronology of some appearances

1896-1900 Samara, Kharkov, Odessa
1896-1899 Perm 
1900, 1912 Kiev 
1901-1908 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre


G&T, Moscow    -01-1902
Fra Diavolo (Auber): Young Agnes 22735 1912g
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 22736 1913 B
Halka (Moniuszko):  The wind wails in the hills 22818 519x
Prophete (Meyerbeer):  Pour Berthe moi je soupire 22819 520x
Ugonotti (Meyerbeer): Aria 22848 521x
Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky):  Aria 22849 522x
With the sweet scent of lilacs (Plotnicov) 22851 531x
Prince Igor (Borodin): Air of Vladimir 22886 556x
May Night (Rimsky-Korsakov): Air of Levko 22887 557x
Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida 22888 558x
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar 22889 559x

G&T, St. Petersburg 1903
Martha (Flotow): M’appari 022030 120y

Gramophone, Moscow 1908
Gioconda (Ponchielli):  Cielo e mar 3-22775 7189L
Trovatore (Verdi):  Di quella pira 022017 117y
Aida (Verdi): Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti with Natalia Yermolenko-Yuzhina 2-24023 7188L
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Arrêtez, o mes frères (w. chorus) 3-22781 7211L
Mefistofele (Boito): Lontan, lontan with Natalia Yermolenko-Yuzhina 2-24027 7196L

1 comment:

  1. MOLTO BELLO!!! Thank you for sharing this valuable biographical information.