Misha Kurzijamski

Picture of Misha Kurzijamski  as Bajan
Misha Kurzijamski as Bajan

Misha Kurzijamski singsDubrovsky: O give me oblivion
In RA Format

Misha Kurzijamski singsTosca: E lucevan le stelle
In RA Format

Biographical Notes

Misha Kurzijamski was born on November 4th., 1887 in Odessa. His father was a railway conductor. During 1895-99, he studied at a religious school, and sang in the choir. During 1907-1911, Misha Kurzijamski studied singing at the Moscow conservatoire in the class of Masetti. Kurzijamski made his debut in 1909 singing a solo in a Schubert mass under Ippolitov-Ivanov. Misha Kurzijamski made his debut at the Opera as Adolar (Euryanthe) in 1911. During 1914-1919 and 1924-27, he was a member of the Bolshoi. During 1919-1921, he sang in Odessa, and during 1921-24 in Kiev. Among his best parts were: Vladimir (Prince Igor), Bajam (Ruslan), Dubrovski, Lenski, Levko, Roméo, Duca, and Cavaradossi. He retired in early 1927 with his voice still intact. From 1922 Kurzijamski organized of radio broadcast from the Bolshoi. During 40 years, he was a sound engineer at the Russian Radio. The singer died in Moscow on November 16th., 1964. Kurzijamski recorded many records (40) during 1910-12.
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the pictures, biographical notes and recording (Tosca).

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