Nikolaj Nikolaevich Timchenko


Timchenko was born on December 12th, 1927 in Chistjakove in the Donetsk area. Soon his family moved to Novocherkassk where he passed his childhood.

When he was 15 years, Timchenko volunteered to the front, served with the Baltic fleet up to the end of the war. No day passed without singing by the sailors including Nikolaj Timchenko. After the war, he participated in concerts in naval amateur performances with Russian songs, and received positive reviews. As a result, he became a soloist in a song and dancing ensemble of the Baltic fleet.

In 1949, that Baltic fleet ensemble sang in an holiday concert in an open-air theatre in Moscow, where the famous Red Army marshal K. E. Voroshilov attended. He paid attention to the young soloist, whose voice pleased the listeners by its brightness, softness and beauty of timbre, and made a big impression. Voroshilov advised Timchenko to study singing professionally.

Thus in 1950, Timchenko joined the Moscow conservatory. His teachers were two great tenor soloists of the Bolshoj, Ozerov and Judin. While a student, he already went on tour nationally and abroad. After successfully finishing the conservatory, he was accepted to the Bolshoj in 1955.

In 1961, Timchenko – along with other talented young singers of the Soviet Union – was sent to Italy for additional training in Milan with maestro Barra.

After returning from Italy, Timchenko was unhappy at the Bolshoj – the competition of Lemeshev and Kozlovskyj discouraged him. He left the theater in 1968, and became a concert and radio tenor. Timchenko sang, with equal success, operatic arias, romances, and Russian national songs. He generated particular excitement by his renderings of war songs.

After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, he visited the area; the radiation caused him a fatal illness, of which he died on June 15th, 1989.

His stage repertory included: Levko, Duca, Triquet, Sinodal, Bajan, Lykov, Almaviva, Fjodor (Vojna i mir/War and peace), Lenskij, Alfredo, ...
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CD booklet in Russian
Nikolaj Timchenko singsRigoletto: La donna è mobile
In RA format

Nikolaj Timchenko singsZaprjagu ja trojku borzykh
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the recording (Zaprjagu ja trojku borzykh).

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