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Open Features: Mark Reyzen

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

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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