Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 15, 2014

Mikhail Bocharov (Baritone) (St. Petersburg 1872 - St. Petersburg 1936)



He graduated from Kiev University as a lawyer. He then studied singing with Everardi and Petza at the Kiev music college, and graduated in 1898. He continued his education in Italy. In the 1901 to 1903 seaosns Bocharov sang in Kiev opera, then sang in Moscow (Zimin Opera), St. Petersburg, Odessa and other cities. He was awarded the honorary title Meritorious Artist of Russia in 1925. From 1932 onwards he sang mostly in concerts. He had a voice of a great range and cultivation. His roles include: Escamillo in ‘’Carmen’’, Figaro in ‘’The Barber of Seville’’, Beckmesser in ‘’Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’’, Gryaznoi in ‘’The Tsar's Bride’’, Ivan-Korolevich in ‘’Kashchey the Immortal’’, Kochubey in ‘’Mazeppa’’, Onegin, Demon, and Rigoletto, as well as various others. Bocharov sang without vocal fatigue until his death, which happened while singing at the piano.

Chronology of some appearances

1901-1903 Kiev Opera House
1902 Moscow Russian Private Opera
1905 Kiev Opera House
1906 Moscow S. Zimin's Opera House
1915 Petrograd National House
1916-1923 Sverdlovsk Opera House


G&T Moscow  07
Faust (Gounod): Dio possente  3-22609  2749r

Zonophone, Moscow 07
Pikova Dama (Tchaikovsky): Aria of Prince Yeletsky X-2-62671
Demon (Rubinstein) Do not weep, child X-2-62178
Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Aria  X-62631
Sadko (Rimsky-Korsakov) Song of the Viking guest X-2-62179
Traviata (Verdi): Di Provenza il mar il suol  X-62630 2751r

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