Writer, opera singer, film director and producer

Song of The Volga Boatmen

Song of The Volga Boatmen

One of the greatest loves of my life is singing. I am a bass baritone, but why don’t you click on the link below and join me in singing these few lines of the Song of the Volga Boatmen, even if you’re a tenor or a soprano or an alto or... don’t know quite what you are? 

Click on the image and join me in a little singalong!

(Sound Up/Speakers On)

Ey-ukh-nem! Ey-ukh-nem!

Yesh-cho-ra-zik, yesh-cho da raz!


Walking the streets of Florence with my friend, Avio

Lost in Florence

“A man in a car calls out to me at an intersection in Florence and tells me he is lost. I tell him to go straight ahead to Via Tornabuoni and then ask God for directions.

“He drives away without a word of thanks. Obviously he is a Florentine. So why was he lost?”


Posted: Thursday 27 January 2022


  • I am so glad you like this song. All Russians know it. This traditional Russian song was first recorded in 1866. It was a regular part of the repertoire of our world famous singer Feodor Chaliapin in 1920s-1930s.
    I was fortunate to hear Ivan Rebrovhim singing this song at one of his last concerts.
    Posted: 2022-02-15 21:41   by Natalia Valentino
  • I remember hearing this song , sung in English as a child. Wish the recording was longer, you have such a lovely voice!
    Posted: 2022-02-13 08:14   by MaryElen

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