Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 10, 2013

Alexander Aleksandrovich (Tenor) (Nizhny Novgorod 1881 – USA 1955)

His real surname was Pokrovski. He studied physics and mathematics at the St. Petersburg university. Aleksandrovitch studied singing with the tenor I.Tomars, and acting with A. Petrovski. He made his debut at the Mariinski in 1909 as Sinodal (‘’Demon’’). He sang there up to 1919. In 1913 following the advice of Diagilev, he sang during the Russian seasons in Paris and London in "Boris Godunov". In 1916, Aleksandrovich made his debut at the Bolshoi as Lenski and Berendei. In 1919, Aleksandrovich left Russia. He sang concerts in Germania, Paris (there in 1922, he sang a series of concerts dedicated to the history of Russian music), and Barcelona. In the 1930s, he sang with the Parisian Russian opera (director Zeretelli).

Chronology of appearance

1909 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre Demon (Sinodal)


Gramophone, St Petersburg 1912-10-08
Elegy (Yakovlev-Glinka) with Lev Sibiryakov 2-24184 16740b

Gramophone, St Petersburg 1912-12-16
The Maid of Pskov (Rimsky-Korsakov): Men of Pskov, assemble 4-22648 17128b

Gramophone, St Petersburg 1913-03-30
How sweet to be with you (Glinka) 4-22487 17357b
Both lonely and sad (Dargomyzhsky) 4-22602 17359b

Gramophone, St Petersburg 1913-04-02
Fliegende Hollander (Wagner): Mit Gewitter und Sturm 4-22647 17392b

Gramophone, St Petersburg 1913-11-05
Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Mesdames, I have taken the liberty with M. Karakash, E. Popova and A. Sakhnovskaya 024083 2891c

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