Evgenij Rekalo

1897 Kharkiv – 1981 Almaty

Rekalo as Canio

Born 15 (27) February 1897 in Kharkiv.

Studied voice in Kharkiv at the Musical Studio of the Railwork Union (1925, class of M. Mikhajlov), and later at the Kiev vocal-scientific experimental studio (1938–1940, class of the great Ukrainian opera singers Marija Lytvynenko-Volgemut and Ivan Patorzhynskyj).

Started his career at the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic (1930–1935). 1940/41 soloist of the Kharkiv Opera and Ballet Theater. During WWII, he was a soloist of the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Kharkiv Military District. In 1948–1952 again at the Kharkiv Opera and Ballet Theater, then at the Kazakh Opera and Ballet Theater in Almaty.

Among his roles: Andrij ("Zaporozhets za Dunajem" by Hulak-Artemovskyj), Sobinin, Andrej (Mazepa), German, Vakula, Dmitrij, Jontek, Canio, José, Cavaradossi, Bohun ("Bohdan Khmelnytskyj" by Dankevych), Ljonka ("V burju" by Khrennikov). Gave concerts where he performed the works of such Ukrainian composers as Lysenko, Stepovyj, Zaremba, as well as folk songs.

He taught in Cheljabinsk (1935–1938) and Almaty (starting in 1973).

He died on the 12th of May 1981 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Igor Milner has provided the picture and the biography: thank you!

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