THE NEW GROVE

Baklanov [Bakkis], Georgy (Andreyevich) (b Riga, 4 Jan 1881, d Basle, 8 Dec 1938). Russian baritone. He studied with Pets at the Kiev Conservatory, with Ippolit Pryanishnikov in St Peters-burg and with Vanza in Milan. He made his début (Kiev, 1903) as Rubinstein's Demon, sang with the Zimin Private Opera in Moscow and was engaged in 1905 by the Bol’shoy Theatre, where he sang until 1909. From that time he appeared in various theatres in Russia and western Europe. He made his début at Covent Garden on 11 June 1910 as Rigoletto, and sang Scarpia and Amonasro during his brief stay. He repeated the first two of those roles in 1911 at the Komische Oper, Ber-lin, and in the same year joined the Boston opera, where he sang until 1914. From 1917 to 1926 he was a regular member of the Chicago opera. His repertory was large and diversified, including Onegin, Hamlet, Boris, Mephistopheles (Faust), the Father (Louise), Golaud, Telramund and Wo-tan. He sang the Baron in Rakhmaninov's The Miserly Knight at its first performance on 24 Janu-ary 1906 (Bol’shoy Theatre). He was greatly admired for his dramatic talents, and his voice was rich and vibrant particularly in the middle and upper registers. His published recordings were made between 1910 and 1930.
HAROLD BARNES