Bruno Eduardovich Makhin
Makhin was born in Vilno (Vilnius). His date and place of death are unknown.
Makhin made his debut in St. Petersburg as Bayan in 1898. (The reference indicates it was at the
Mariinsky. This is probably false as the new Chronology on the Mariinsky does not list him.
In 1897-1900, he sang in Moscow (debut as Lensky at the Solodovnikov).
He sang in Odessa (1902)
Kiev (1903, 1906, 1908),
(1909, 1910, company M. Medvedyev), Irkutsk (Winter season 1909/10, company M. M. Borodai),
Kharkov (1910), and
On the provincial scene, he enjoyed great success.
He retired following an operation in 1910.
His repertory included:
Korabyelshchika (Tales of Tsar Saltan, 1910), Vladimir Igoryevich, Sinodal, Vladimir Dubrovsky, Ivan Lykov,
Mozart (April 24, 1903, Kiev F. I. Shalyapin), Senior, Lensky, German, Faust ( 1903 and 1906, Kiev with F. I. Shalyapin),
José, Werther, Alfredo, Jontek, ...
His partners included: E. Bobrov, G. A. Bosse, Ya. Vasïda-Korolyevich, V. Dikovskaya, V. Dobrzhanskaya, E. Kovelkova,
S. Yu. Levik, L. Obraztsov, T. Ruffo, S. F. Selyuk-Roznatovskaya, E. N. Khrennikova, N. A. Shevelev, M. Engel-Kron.
He made six records in Kiev (Gramophone, 1903).
Ashot Arakelyan reminded of what Sergey Levik wrote in his book An Opera Singer's Notes
Malkin had a beautiful lyric tenor, which he continually forced into mezzo-carattere roles. Werther or Jontek ought to
have been the limit for such
a voice but he sang Vladimir Dubrovsky and José and quite early on paid a high price for it. He had a defective intonation,
a poor memory, often mixed the words up and would get out
with orchestra but he had a beautiful quality of voice, his delivery was soft and noble, although he frequently abused the
overexpressive style. They were fond of this gifted and sympathetic singer in the south.
After a performance of Evgeniy Onegin in Vilno (Vilnius) where Makhin got his first entry wrong, made mistakes and sang out of tune, the
Vilno Herald (per Sergey Levik) wrote:
It was difficult for the audience to listen to Mr. Makhin, in larger type in the programme as a guest artist, throwing everybody else
out in the quartet through not knowing the role and going unpardonably out of tune in the arioso. It was said that Mr. Malkhin
was unwell and had almost lost his voice. Is that any excuse? And further on the libel, Vilno Herald added:
We're not sure if this singer has had any success.
A year before, the Vilno Herald wrote laudatary verses extolling Makhin.
Malkhin retired from the stage shortly after. Having strained his voice and found nodules on the vocal chords, he underwent a
in the spring of 1910. After recovery and a few performances, he disappeared from sight
I wish to thank Ashot Arakelyan for the information on Makhin.
1650z V teni zadumchivago sada, Romans (Balabanov) 2-22589
(In the shade of a dreamy garden, Romance)
1651z Kakoe shchaste, Romans (A D Davydov) 2-22590 X-62399
(What happiness, Romance)
1652z Evgeniy Onegin: Ariya Lenskogo, A1 - Ya lyublyu vas, Olga 2-22601 X-62400
(Eugene Onegin: I love you, Olga (Chaikovsky))
1653z Lakme: Ariya Dzheralda, A1 - Ne smushchay zhe moy pokoy 2-22608
(Lakmé:Fantaisie aux divins mensonges (Delibes))
1654z Rigoletto: Serdtze krasavitzy, A3 (Verdi) 2-22631
(Rigoletto: La donna è mobile)
1655z Lakmé: Ariya 3 akta - Akh, les k sebe nas prizyvaet (Delibes) 2-22591
(Lakmé: Ah viens dans la forêt profonde)