Collection 0283 - Mychailo Holynsky collection

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Mychailo Holynsky collection

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  • 1899-1992 (Creation)
    Holynsky, Mychailo

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  • 60 cm of textual records
  • 59 photographs
  • 2 reel-to-reel tapes
  • 9 objects
  • 7 posters

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Mykhailo Holynsky (January 2, 1890 - December 1, 1973) was born in Verbivtsi village, Halychyna (now Horodenkivskyi rayon, Ivano-Frankivska oblast). He graduated from the faculty of law at the University of Kamianets-Podilsky and as a person gifted with a unique voice started taking singing classes. Prof. Cieslaw Zaremba was his first tutor for two years in Lviv. After that Holynsky became a student of prof. Edoard Garbin of Milan, once a leading tenor of “La Scala” opera, who “polished Holynsky’s operatic studies.” In 1925, after four years of training, Holynsky made his debut in “Il Pagliacci,” in Lviv Opera, singing the part of Canio. With this performance he started a long period of tours and concerts in Europe that lasted till 1938. In 1927 he accepted an invitation to work at the Kharkiv State Opera and was premier tenor with the state opera houses in Berlin, Tiflis (now Tbilisi), Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odessa, Lviv, Warsaw, and Moscow. He also performed with great success in concert tours at the Vienna’s concert hall “Konzerthaussal” and the Praha “Smetana Hall”.

In December 1838 Holynsky made his debut in Canada at the Eaton’s Auditorium, Toronto and then pursued his tour to Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Montreal. He concluded his tour to North America with appearances in several operas in Philadelphia and New York city.

Holynsky planned to return to Ukraine however with the start of WWII he remained in Canada and lived in Toronto and Edmonton. Holynsky performed in several languages including German, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Czech, and Slovac. He also knew French and English. He passed away on December 1, 1973 in Edmonton.

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The collection consists of materials related to Mychailo Holynsky carrier as opera singer. It includes concert programs, posters, newspaper clippings about the creator, his concert tuxedo and embroidered silky necktie, correspondence, photographs, and recordings of Holynsky singing.

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The collection was arranged by UCAMA, then updated by Maria Mayerchyk for UFA, which included additional materials that hadn't been included in the list of collection materials

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  • English
  • Polish
  • Ukrainian

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Created by 2021-05-04 by Maria Mayerchyk

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