Death of a great Russian bass, 56

Death of a great Russian bass, 56


norman lebrecht

November 22, 2018

The Bolshoi Theatre has announced the death in Moscow of the prodigious Russian bass singer Maxim Mikhailov. No cause is stated in the one-line message.

He was seen most recently in the Paris production of Boris Godunov. 

Joining the Bolshoi in 1987, he starred at the 1994 Salzburg Easter Festival as Boris Godunov, conducted by Claudio Abbado. He went on to sing at Covent Garden, La Scala and other great stages.

Maxim was the grandson of Maxim Dormidontovich Mikhailov,the Bolshoi’s basso profundo from 1932 to 1956.

UPDATE: London orchestra laments slain Russian bass



  • Ana Luiza Daltro says:

    I still can’t believe this has happened. Maxim was not only a very good singer, but also a true gentleman and a wonderful, kind person. He was too young to go and will be sorely missed!

  • AB says:

    Apparently Maxim was attacked on the street in Moscow and then brought to the hospital in state of coma. The damages to the brain were so severe that after some days he passed away. So sad. Strongest condolences to his family.