Ivan Patorzhinsky - Ukrainian opera singer under the heading "Desuete Names"
Ivan Patorzhinsky was one of the prominent representatives of Ukrainian vocal school that had a strong expressive voice of velvety timbre and bright artistic talent. Ivan Patorzhinsky creative heyday accrued to the period of the Ukrainian national opera art formation. Ivan Patorzhinsky devoted several decades of his life to the Ukrainian opera art; he was deservedly considered one of the best basses of his time. . The singer was particularly emphatic in character parts, comic and dramatic roles in the operas by Ukrainian composers. They were Karas (“Zaporozhian beyond the Danube” by Semen Hulak-Artemovsky), village chief deputy - the elected (“Natalka Poltavka” by Ivan Kotlyarevsky), Cossack Korniy Chub (“Christmas Eve” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov), Taras Bulba (“Taras Bulba” by Mykola Lysenko), Gavrila (“Bogdan Khmelnitsky” by Konstantin Dankevich), Susanin (“The life for the Tsar” by Mikhail Glinka), Boris Godunov (the opera by Modest Mussorgsky), Melnik (“Rusalka” by Alexander Dargomyzhsky, Mephistopheles (“Faust” by Charles Gounod), Don Basilio (“The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini), Valko (“Young Guard”).
No less recognition and the audience love the singer received for his concert activity. Along with the opera arias and romances, he sang folk songs with inimitable naturalness and expressiveness and, performing them, he seemed to be a real fairy-tale hero, a singer that belonged to his nation. He took the audience by storm with his singsong melodious velvet voice, with "cello" timbre, with its emotion.
His life was checkered - nevertheless, he determined his entire life to serving Music. On Ivan Patorzhinsky birthday, the museum Sound Library features musical selection comprised of opera parts and Ukrainian folk songs that the singer recoreded in various periods of his creative life.