Eizen, Artur Arturovich

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Eizen, Artur Arturovich


Born June 8, 1927, in Moscow. Soviet Russian bass. People’s Artist of the USSR (1976). Member of the CPSU since 1964.

In 1948, Eizen graduated from the Shchukin Moscow Theatrical School, and in 1956 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied voice under V. M. Politkovskii. He was a soloist with the A. V. Aleksandrov Song and Dance Ensemble of the Soviet Army from 1949 to 1957 and has been a soloist with the Bolshoi Theater since 1957.

Eizen has a high bass of a beautiful mellow timbre. He is also an accomplished actor. He has sung more than 30 roles, including Boris and Varlaam in Boris Godunov and Ivan Khovanskii in Khovanshchina, both by Mussorgsky, Galitskii in Borodin’s Prince Igor, Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust, Pestel’ in Shapo- rin’s The Decembrists, the General in Prokofiev’s The Gambler, and Vaskov in Molchanov’s Dawns Are Quiet Here. He performed the role of V. I. Lenin in Muradeli’s October (1964). Eizen also gives concerts and has toured many countries of the world.

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