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Alexei Martynov (Tenor)

Born: Russia

The Russian tenor, Alexei Martynov, was the son of an opera singer and a music teacher. He studied first violin playing at the Gnesin Conservatory in Moscow and in 1970 passed his diploma examination. Then he turned however to training his voice, which he completed since 1972 at same institute as a pupil of G. Tits. He attracted attention in 1975 at the Ferenc Erkel Concurs in Budapest, likewise in 1976 at an international singing competition in England.

Alexei Martynov appeared first as a concert singer in Russia, then began an international career. He made guest appearances, including in England, Bulgaria, Germany (concert at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig), Spain, Canada, France, in Czechoslovakia, in Japan and South Korea. He showed himself as an outstanding interpreter of the music of J.S. Bach as well as of Russian works (including also contemporary composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky, Schnittke and Edison Denisov). For five years he was soloist in the concert broadcasts of Radio Moscow, then with the Alexandrov Ensemble of the Russian Army and the Moscow’s the National Symphony Orchestra. He was considered as one of the most talented Russian Lieder singers of his generation and sang in his Lieder recitals works of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Mozart, Schubert, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss and many other masters.

Then, in 1989 Alexei Martynov entered also the stage, as he sang Gualtiero in Il Pirata by Bellini at the Stanislavski Theatre in Moscow. He appeared as a guest at the National Theatre Prague as Alfredo in La Traviata and appeared at opera houses in Russia as well as abroad in roles from the lyric tenor repertoire, as Lenski in "Eugen Onegin", Rodolfo in La Bohème, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Vaudemont in Jolanthe by Tchaikovsky.

Recordings: Melodiya, Vist (several song albums: Songs of Tschaikovsky; Lieder of Mozart; Lieder of Mendelssohn; Lieder of L.v. Beethoven, Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann and R. Strauss; Maddalena by Prokofiev).


Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2004)
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Aryeh Oron (May 2004)

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