Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller

Jan 5, 2014

Dmitri Bukhtoyarov (Buchtojarow) (Bass/Baritone) (Novocherkassk, in certain sources. Rostov-N / A 1866 - Petrograd 1918)





He was one of the best bass/baritones of his time. He was born in Novocherkassk (according to some, in Rostov-on-Don) in a family locksmith. He studied singing at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in the class of S. Gabel . In 1896 he made his debut on the opera stage in the entreprise of A. Tsereteli (Kharkov) as Gremin in ‘’Eugene Onegin’’. From 1897 to 1918 he was soloist of the St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, and his best roles were Susanin ("Life for the Tsar" by M. Glinka), Farlaf ( "Ruslan and Ludmila" of Glinka), Miller ("Mermaid" of Dargomyzhsky), Mephistophele ("Faust" by C. Gounod ), Demon in A. Rubinstein’s ‘’Demon’’, Dobrynya Nikitich in A. Gretchaninov’s ‘’Dobrynya Nikitich’’.  At the Mariinsky Theatre took part in the operas " Boheme" by Puccini, where he sang the role of Schaunard , and "Nal and Damayanti’’ of Arensky. Toured with the troupe of N. Figner (Odessa, Penza, Samara, etc.), also appeared on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre, in Riga, Baku, Kiev, Odessa and other cities. He died of tuberculosis in St. Petersburg in 1918. 

Chronology of some appearances

1896 Kharkov Opera House
1897-1918 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre
1900 Odessa City Theatre
1902 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1903 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1904 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre


Berliner, St Petersburg 1901-03
Akh, ne mne molodtzu (Oh, not to me, poor fellow) (Errarsky) 22290 2496G
Dva grenadera (Die beiden Grenadiere) (Schumann) 22320 2499G
Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Gremin's aria (Love reigns over all ages) 22321 2500G
Angel (Ehrlich) 22309 2502G
A Life for the Tzar (Glinka): Susanin's aria (They guess the truth) 22310 2503G

G&T, St Petersburg 1901
Robert le Diable (Meyerbeer): Voici donc les débris... Nonnes qui reposez 22619 1579B

G&T, St Petersburg 1902
Ballada (Pered voevodoy) (Before the Governor) (Rubinstein) 22083 321z

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