Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 6, 2012

Polikarp Orlov (Bass) (Kirovograd 1864 - ?)


The real name of this forgotten russian bass-baritone was Polikarp Davidovich Kulchinsky. He was born in a family of a priest. Since 1890 Orlov appeared on opera stages of Kharkov (antreprenor A. A. Tsereteli, 1899-1902), St. Petersburg (Private Russian Opera, Mariinsky Theatre 1902-1903, National House 1907-1908), Odessa (antreprenor I. Grekov 1892-1893), Moscow (Bolshoi Theatre 1894-1900, S. Zimin’s Opera 1909), Rostov-on-Don (1900), Elisavetgrad (1905), Smolensk (1907), Ekaterinburg (Company of opera singers 1909), Pyatigorsk (1910), Tomsk and Irkutsk (1914). He created in Odessa the role of Surin in ‘’Pique dame’’ of Tchaikovsky. Since 1914 Orlov lived in Kiev.

Chronology of some appearances

1892-1893 Odessa Opera House
1894-1900 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre 
1899-1902 Kharkov Opera House
1902-1903 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre  
1907-1908 St. Petersburg National House 
1909 Moscow S. Zimin’s Opera House



G&T, St Petersburg 1902?
Demon (Rubinstein): O'er the airy ocean G&T 22028 203z
Don Juan (Napravnik): Serenad of Don Juan 22030 207z
Ruslan and Lyudmila (Glinka): O field, field G&T 22029 205z
Novgorod (Deutsch): The time flew G&T 22046 256z
Guarda che bianca luna (Campana) with Maria Mikhailova G&T 24087 352z
Crucifix (Faure) with Maria Mikhailova G&T 24088 354z
Wanderers Nachtlied (Rubinstein) with Maria Mikhailova G&T 24090 358z

1 comment:

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