David Yuzhin

1879-1924

Picture of David Yuzhin
David Yuzhin as Roméo

Picture of David Yuzhin with N. Yuzhina
David Yuzhin with N. Yuzhina

Picture of David Yuzhin as Raoul
David Yuzhin as Raoul

Picture of David Yuzhin as Duca
David Yuzhin as Duca

David Yuzhin sings Les Huguenots: Plus blanche
In RA Format

David Yuzhin sings Martha: M'appari
In RA Format

David Yuzhin sings Il Trovatore: Di quella pira
In RA Format

David Yuzhin sings La Gioconda: Cielo e mar
In RA Format

David Yuzhin sings Les Huguenots: O ciel, ou courez vous with N. Yuzhina
In RA Format

Biographical Notes

David Yuzhin was one of most well known Russian tenors. David Yuzhin had a very powerful and large voice. David Yuzhin was born in 1863 in a small village near Ekaterinoslav (nowadays Dnepropetrovsk). David Yuzhin studied singing with the cantor Afanasiev in Taganrog (near Rostov-on-Don) in the South of Russia. David Yuzhin began to sing in the church chorus. The real beginning of his studied was in St. Petersburg with D.Leonova and Sefferi. David Yuzhin perfected his skills in Italy with S.Kapelli and P.Vidal. David Yuzhin made his debut in 1896 at Samara. Until 1900, David Yuzhin sang at Kazan, Perm, Kharkov, Odessa. From 1900 to 1908, David Yuzhin sang at the Bolshoi in Moscow, where he made his debut as Raoul. Then, David Yuzhin sang at the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg. From 1908 to 1912, David Yuzhin sang with the Zymin opera company in Moscow. During 1902, David Yuzhin went on tour in Italy singing in Florence, and Turin. In Italy, David Yuzhin sang in the premiere of "Consuella" by the composer A.Rendano. In 1907, he sang in South Americal; in 1909, he sang in Bruxelles. His contemporaries compared his voice with the voice of Tamagno. His repertory included: Raoul, Enzo, Turiddu, Radames, Alfredo, Duca, Roméo, Faust. Since 1912, David Yuzhin managed his own opera company, where he was the leading singer. In 1919, David Yuzhin organized the first permament Opera house in Samara. During 1901 to 1910, David Yuzhin recorded about 90 records for Berliner, Pathé, Columbia, and Gramophone. David Yuzhin died in Moscow in 1923. His spouse was the famous dramatic soprano Natalia Ermolenko.
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the pictures, biographical notes and recording (Huguenots duo).
I wish to thank Thomas Silverboerg for the Gioconda recording.
I wish to thank Richard J Venezia for the recordings (Martha, Huguenots).

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