Obituary: Bass Maxim Mikhailov Dies At 57

By Francisco Salazar

Bass Maxim Mikhailov has died at the age of 57. The Bolshoi Theatre announced the passing of the bass in Moscow. No cause of death was given however in the report.

Born on May 13, 1962, Mikhailov was the grandson of bass Maxim Dormidontovich Mikhailov, the Bolshoi’s basso profundo from 1932 to 1956. Mikhailov  joined the Bolshoi in 1987 and went on perform numerous leading roles with the company including “Prince Igor,” “Boris Godunov,” “Sadko” and “Tsar’s bride,” and “Eugene Onegin.”

He also went on to perform at the Salzburg Easter Festival as “Boris Godunov,” conducted by Claudio Abbado. He also enjoyed an international career performing at the Royal Opera House, Teatro alla Scala, and with the Glyndebourne Festival. Among the works, he performed at Glyndebourne were “The Miserly Knight,” “Gianni Schicchi,” “The Duenna,” “Eugene Onegin.”

Throughout his career he also appeared in  New York, Huston, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Naples, Barcelona, Helsinki, and Oslo. He is also featured in a number of recordings including “The Miserly Knight” and “Le Rossignol” featuring Natalie Dessy and Violetta Urmana.

Mikhailov last performed at the Opera de Paris in a new production of “Boris Godunov,” where he sang the title role.