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Open Features: Mark Reyzen

Peter Wintersgill provides some details of the life of Russian bass Mark Reyzen.

Born
3rd. July 1895 in Zaytsevo, Russia.

Adult life
Debut Kharkov 1921. Sang in Leningrad 1925 - 30, then at the Bolshoy, Moscow 1930-54.

He had a warm powerful and beautiful bass voice, capable of fine dramatic inflection, which served well in such Musorgsky roles as Boris Godunov & Dosifey. He was also outstanding as Ivan Susanin & Verdis King Philip II.

He sang Gremin at the Bolshoi to celebrate his 90th birthday. He died in 1992 aged 97.

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