Photo by Lorens, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1890s (1899 ?) 10.7 х 16.4 cm Angelo Mazini as Lensky and Mattia Battistini as Onegin in the opera Eugene Onegin by Petr Tchaikovsky. Angelo MASINI (1844 - 1926) — Italian opera singer (tenor), toured London, Vienna, South America, Moscow, and Warsaw with great success. Beginning 1877, Masini sang with the Imperial Italian Opera in St. Petersburg, Russia, until it closed, and then visited St. Petersburg on many occasions until 1903. Mattia BATTISTINI (1856 - 1928) was an Italian singer (drama baritone). Battistini gained popularity after his performances in Opera di Roma, in Naples, and La Scala in Milan, Italy. He had engagements all over the world and, in 1892, came to Russia, where he was soon hailed as an undisputed opera chief. He spent 23 theater seasons in Russia (until 1916) and became a favorite singer of the Russian tsars and aristocracy, “a king of baritones and a baritone of the kings.” After the Russian communist revolution of 1917, Battistini stopped coming to Russia.