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Maxim Mikhailov

Biography

Born: August 13, 1893   Died: March 30, 1971   Country: Russia/USSR   Period: 20th Century
Maxim Dormidontovich Mikhailov was one of the great a Russian basso profundos. He was born in Koltsovka, Kazan, and initially trained as an Archdeacon in the Russian Orthodox Church. However his reputation grew due to a voice of incredible depth and volume. It wasn't long before the Soviet authorities enlisted him, shaved his beard and enrolled him in vocal training for opera within the Bolshoi Theatre. He eventually became the most famous Read more interpreter of the role of Ivan Susanin in the Soviet version of Glinka's opera of the same name, which has since been restored to its original title and plot, A Life for the Tsar. Mikhailov sang the role of Susanin nearly 400 times from his first performance in 1939 to his last stage appearance in 1957. His voice and the role of Ivan Susanin became a favorite of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin who frequently invited Mikhailov to sing and drink with him late at night in the Kremlin.

In addition to Susanin, Mikhailov was known for other bass and basso profundo roles in Russian opera, including Pimen in Boris Godunov, Khan Konchak in Prince Igor, the Viking in Sadko, Gremin in Eugene Onegin and the miller in Dargomyzhsky's Rusalka. Mikhailov also recorded arias from these operas for Melodiya as well as Russian folk songs. He sang on record and in live concerts under the direction of noted Russian conductors including Nikolai Golovanov, Alexander Melik-Pashaev, Alexander Orlov, and Samuil Samosud. Among his recordings of songs and folk songs, he sang with pianists Nikolai Korolykov and Naum Walter in "O gentle autumn night" by Glinka, as well as rarely heard songs by less well known composers, such as Dargomyzhsky's "The Civil Servant", Viktor Kalinnikov's "On the Old Burial Mound", "The Blacksmith" by Yuri Sakhnovsky and "Seafarers" by Konstantin Vilboa. Mikhailov also performed and recorded folk songs well known outside of Russia, such as "Song of the Volga Boatmen", in Rachmaninov's arrangement and "The Sun Rises and the Sun Sets" and "Through the Wild Mysterious Taiga" with Russian Folk Orchestras. Mazim Mikhailov's appearance as the singing monk in the coronation scene from Sergei Eisenstein's film, "Ivan the Terrible, Part 1" is one of the great, electrifying moments in Russian cinema. Read less
Tchaikovsky: Hamlet, Romeo And Juliet Fantasy Overture / Jurowski, Monogarova, Mikhailov, Et Al
Release Date: 10/28/2008   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186330   Number of Discs: 1
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    Glyndebourne - Comedy & Tragedy
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1059 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Massimo Giordano,  Alessandro Corbelli,  Sally Matthews  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski,  Maurizio Benini,  Philippe Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki (The Tsarina's Slippers) / Polianichko, Royal Opera House
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1037 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Alexander Vassiliev,  Vsevolod Grivnov,  Olga Guryakova,  Maxim Mikhailov  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Polianichko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki (The Tsarina's Slippers) / Polianichko, Royal Opera House
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7073 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Vladimir Matorin,  Larissa Diadkova,  John Upperton,  Maxim Mikhailov  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Polianichko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Nebolsin, Nelepp, Piragov, Kozlovsky
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4380 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Alexander Pirogov,  Ivan Kozlovsky,  Georgi Nelepp,  Maxim Mikhailov
    Conductor:  Vasily Nebolsin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus,  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Hamlet, Romeo And Juliet Fantasy Overture / Jurowski, Monogarova, Mikhailov, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186330 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Tatiana Monogarova,  Maxim Mikhailov
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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    Prokofiev: Betrothal In A Monastery Op. 86 / Jurowski, Voynarovskiy, Breus
    Label: Glyndebourne Festival Opera   Catalog: 2-06 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Aleksandra Durseneva,  Andrey Breus,  Vsevolod Grivnov,  Lyubov Petrova  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight / Leiferkus, Jurowski
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 919 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Viacheslav Voynarovskiy,  Maxim Mikhailov,  Richard Berkeley-Steele,  Sergei Leiferkus  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Gounod: Roméo Et Juliette / Godovkin, Et Al
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2264/65 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  G. Pasechnik,  Yelisaveta Shumskaya,  Ivan Kozlovsky,  Natalia Sokolova  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Orlov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
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  • 9.
    Great Singers Of Russia Volume 1 - Chaliapin To Reizen
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4257 Release Date: 12/02/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Georgi Nelepp,  Maxim Mikhailov,  Pavel Lisitsian,  Paul Robeson  ... 
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    Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Golovanov, Pigorov, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90483 Release Date: 04/30/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Bronislava Zlatogorova,  Elena Kruglikova,  Eugenia Verbitskaya,  Nikhandr Khanaieff  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolai S. Golovanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
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  • 11.
    Glinka: A Life For The Czar / Melik-pashayev, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90365 Release Date: 10/05/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka
    Performer:  Georgi Nelepp,  Maxim Mikhailov,  Elisaveta Antonova,  Alexandr Hosson  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Melik-Pashayev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus,  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: The Slippers / Melik-pahayev, Nelepp, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90350 Release Date: 12/15/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Feodor Godovkin,  Alexei Ivanov,  Elena Kruglikova,  Elisaveta Antonova  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Melik-Pashayev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus,  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Maxim Mikhailov
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89150 Release Date: 06/17/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vasily Kalinnikov,  Alexander Dargomizhsky,  Mikhail Glinka,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Naum Walter,  Maxim Mikhailov,  Ivan Kozlovsky,  Nikolai Korolykov
    Conductor:  Alexander Orlov,  Alexander Melik-Pashayev,  D. Osipov,  Samuel Samosud  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  USSR Radio/TV Russian Folk Orchestra
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    Famous Basses Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89991 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Cornelius  ... 
    Performer:  Adamo Didur,  Virgilio Lazzari,  Paul Knüpfer,  Wilhelm Tisch  ... 
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