Nikolaļ Figner

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Nikolai Figner sings Otello: Ora e per sempre addio
In RA Format

Nikolaļ Figner sings Opritchnik: I swear before God
In RA Format
I would like to thank Thomas Silverboerg for the recording of Opritchnik.

Picture of Nikolaļ Figner

Picture of Nikolaļ Figner in Pique Dame
Figner in Pique Dame

Picture of Nikolaļ Figner with Ruffo and Giraldoni
Figner with Ruffo and Giraldoni

Nikolaļ Figner singsGli Ugonotti: Bianca al par
In RA Format

Biographical Notes

Nikolaļ Figner was born on February 9th., 1857 in the small town of Mamadish in the Kazan province. Nikolaļ Figner studied in Kazan, and then at the Petersburg military school (1874-78). Nikolaļ Figner served in the navy. During his youth, Nikolaļ Figner sang inthe local church choir, took part in student's concerts, where he was heard by the Tsar Alezander III. from 1879, Nikolaļ Figner studied singing at the Petersburg conservatoire with Prianishnikov and Everardi. However Nikolaļ Figner was dimmed to have no voice suite to opera. Nikolaļ Figner believed in his own ability. Nikolaļ Figner went to Italy, where he further studied with Lamperti and Deroksos. In 1882, Nikolaļ Figner successfully made his debut in Italy as Faust. Until 1887, Nikolaļ Figner sang in Italy (Siena, Ferrara, Turin, Milan, etc). Nikolaļ Figner went on tour in Spain, South America, England, and Romania. Nikolaļ Figner gained notoriety in Europe, singing in 38 operas. In South America, Nikolaļ Figner met Medea Mei, a fine singer who become his wife. From 1887, Nikolaļ Figner triumphed in Russia, where he became the first tenor at the Mariinsky, where he made his debut as Radames. Nikolaļ Figner remained at the Mariinsky until 1904. After that until 1915, Nikolaļ Figner sang in the province. Nikolaļ Figner was the creator of Hermann in Pique Dame, Vodemon in Chaikovski's Iolanta and Vladimir in Napravnik's Dubrovski. The voice of the singer was very small, but well projected. His technique allowed him to sing different parts from Otello and Raoul to Fra Diavolo and Lohengrin. Nikolaļ Figner recorded more than 40 sides (1901-10). They are all very rare or extremely rare. Nikolaļ Figner died on December 13, 1918 in Kiev in poverty. To make ends meet to the end, Nikolaļ Figner gave singing lessons.

Picture of Nikolaļ Figner as Fra Diavolo
Nikolaļ Figner as Fra Diavolo

Picture of Nikolaļ Figner as Roméo
Nikolaļ Figner as Roméo



1. I remember an evening (Cui) 1901 1532B 22601 2. In my soul (Wrangel) 1901 1533B 22602 3. You are my morning & They loved one another(Wrangel)1901 293x 22547 4. In the garden shadows (Balabanov) 1901 294x 22548 5. Oprichnik (Chaikovsky) As before God 1901 295x 22549 6. Fra Diavolo (Auber) 1901 1588B 22605 7. Pique Dame (Chaikovsky) Forgive me 1901 1589B 22618 8. The fateful moment (Chaikovsky) 1901 325x 22554 9. Dubrovski (Napravnik)-O give me 1901 326x 22555 10.Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)-Vesti 1901 327x 22556 11.Le crucifix (Faure) with Medea Mei 1902 369x 24057 in French 12.Do not tempt me needlessly (Glinka) w.M.Mei 1902 370x 24058 13.Seagull's cry (Grodsky) w.M.Mei 1902 371x 24059 14.Mefistofele (Boito)-Lontano w.M.Mei 1902 372x 24060 15.Dubrovski (Napravnik)-Ne jamais la voir w.M.Mei 1902 373x 24061 in French 16.Ich hab'im Traum geweint (Schumann) 1902 1716B 22667 17.Les Huguenots (Meyerbeer)Plus blanche 1902 444x 22594 18.La Boheme (Puccini) Chi son? 1902 445x 22595 19.Otello (Verdi) Ora e per sempre 1902 447x 22597 20.Dubrovski (Napravnik)-O give me 1902 367x 22555x 21.Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)-Vesti 1902 260x 22556x 22.Les Huguenotes (Meyerbeer)Plus blanche 1902/03 1y 022000 23.The North star (Glinka) 1902 6409L 3-22716 24.I love (Taskin)& Dream of love (Wrangel) 1902 6410L 3-22717 25.The birches rustle gently (Verderevsky) 1902 6411L 3-22718 26.Ich hab'im Traum geweint (Schumann) 1907/08 6412L 3-22719 27.Today for the last time (Folk) 1907/08 6413L 3-22720 28.Oprichnik(Chaikovsky)-It seems that I dream 1907/08 6421L X-2-63027 29.Si vous I'aviez compris (Denza) 1907/08 6422L 3-22704 30.Tosca(Puccini) E lucevan w.orchestra 1907/08 6427L 3-22705 31.Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)-Vesti w.orch 1907/08 6428L 3-22706 32.Romeo et Juliette (Gounod)-Cavatina w. orchestra 1907/08 6430L 3-22707 33.In the garden shadows (Balabanov) 25.11.09 6977r X-2-62481 34.Why? (Chaikovsky) 25.11.09 6978r 2-62482
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the pictures, biographical notes, discography and recording.

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