Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 22, 2012

Ioakim Tartakov (Baritone) (Odessa 1860 – Petrograd 1923)

He was born in Odessa in the family of Victor Tartakov. He graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1881 from the class of C. Everardi and joined the Odessa Opera Company as first baritone that same year. There he made his debut as Rigoletto in G. Verdi’s opera of the same name. Then he sang in provincial opera houses. From 1882 to 1884 and from 1894 to 1923 he was a soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Beginning in 1909, he was also principal director of the Mariinsky Theatre. There he again made his debut in ‘’Rigoletto’’. Tartakov performed more than a hundred roles. He sang the title roles in Rubinstein’s The Demon, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Verdi’s Rigoletto; lago in Verdi’s Otello; and Tonio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci. He also sang in Berlin, Copenhagen, and other European cities. Tartakov was noted for his velvety yet powerful voice, his sincere acting, and his stage presence. He also performed P. I. Tchaikovsky’s art songs in concert. From 1920 to 1923 he was a professor at the Petrograd Conservatory. Honoured Artist of the RSFSR (1923).

Chronology of some appearances

1881 Odessa Opera House
1882-1884 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre
1894-1923 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre



G&T, Moskva 1901-06-19
We three (Rubinstein) 22454 2901G
Asra (Rubinstein) 22503 251G
Demon (Rubinstein): Do not weep, child 22501 252G
In the long grey twilight (Ippolitov-Ivanov) 22511 249G
At the ball (Tchaikovsky) 22522 246
Disappointment (Tchaikovsky) 22529 247G
Carmen (Bizet): Kuplety Toreadora  22469 2902G
Tzarskosel'skaya statuya, Op 57 No 17 (Cui)  22466 2903G
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Largo al factotum 22520 250G

G&T, Moskva 1901-06
Demon (Rubinstein): I am he whom you heard 22530 275

Pathe cylinders & discs, St Petersburg 1903?
Demon (Rubinstein): Prologue 21896
Barcarolle (Gounod) 21898

Tartakov Demon (Rubinstein) by Stampanoni

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