Photo by G. V. Trunov, Moscow, ca. 1890 11.0 х 16.2 cm Inscribed on the back side: “To Y. N. Bakhmachevskaya in loving memory of I. Butenko. 89” Yulia Nikolaevna Bakhmachevskaya, actress of Korsch Theater in Moscow, Russia. Ivan Filippovich BUTENKO (1854 or1852—1891) — was a Russian opera singer (basso profondo). Graduated from law school, then participated in Russian-Turkish war. Having a natural beautiful voice, he took classes in Vienna and Milan, and started his opera career in Mantua, Italy. In 1885, he was admitted to Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, where he debuted as Susanin in Glinka’s A Life for the Tzar. Was very popular with the public; performed as Mephistopheles in Faust by Gounod, as Ruslan in Ruslan and Lumila by Rimsky-Korsakov, Sarastro in The Magic Flute by Mozart. C4991 BUTENKO, I. F. (Бутенко И. Ф.)