V1144. SERGEI MIGAI: Songs by Grieg, Taneyev, Glinka, etc.; Arias from Faust, Mazeppa, Eugen Onégin, Pique Dame, Iolante, Snegoroutchka, Prince Igor, etc. (Russia) Pique Dame, Iolante, Snegoroutchka, Prince Igor, etc. (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 266, recorded 1937-52.
“Sergei Ivanovich Migai was a noted baritone who studied under the great Mattia Battistini and who joined the Bolshoi in 1911 on the recommendation of soprano Antonina Nezhdanova. He appeared at the Bolshoi until 1924. At that point he joined the Kirov Opera, where he sang until 1941 when he retired from the stage. He appeared in concert until 1948, when he began teaching at the Moscow Conservatory….Migai was praised for having a supple, strong and well-controlled voice with a range of over two octaves as well as outstanding breath control. The great tenor Sergei Lemeshev is reported to have praised Migai’s ‘velvety timbre’ as well as his control of his pianissimo, and that Migai ‘could sing ten to twelve bars in one breath’….[Among his best parts were Onégin in Tchaikovsky’s EUGEN ONÉGIN, Mizgir’ and Griaznoi in Rimsky-Korsakov’s THE SNOW MAIDEN and THE TSAR’S BRIDE, the Demon in Rubinstein’s DEMON, and Rigoletto and Count di Luna in Verdi’s RIGOLETTO and IL TROVATORE]. Migai’s artistry of characterization, phrasing and breath control are never in question.”
- William Russell, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2013