Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 6, 2014

Alexander Bragin (Baritone) (Kiev province 1881 – Moscow 1955)



The real surname of this singer was Braginsky. First he studied singing privately with Mikhail Medvedev, then from 1896 to 1901 at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory under the pedagogues S. Gabel and I. Tartakov. Additionally he studied also abroad during his visits (1904-1913). He made his debut in 1900 at the National Opera house of Ukraine as Valentine in Gounod’s ‘’Faust’’. From 1905 to 1908 he was a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg. In the 1908-1909 season he appeared at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. From 1909 to 1911 Bragin againg performed at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg. From 1911 to 1915 he appeared in operetta at St. Petersburg. Since 1914 Bragin made guest appearances in the cities of Russia. In the 1922-1923 season he sang in Berlin. From 1924 to 1928 in different opera houses of Germany. Since 1930 he devoted himself to teaching first in Odessa, then in Moscow, Frunze, Kiev, Tashkent and Baku.

Chronology of some appearances

1900 Kiev National Opera house of Ukraine
1905- 1908 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre
1908-1909 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1909-1911 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre
1911-1915 St. Petersburg operetta
1922-1923 Berlin Opera House
1924-1928 Germany Opera Houses


Gramophone, St. Petersburg 5-10-10
Do you remember, unfailing comrade, Soldier's song (arr. V Harteveld) 4-22211 14916b
My dawn-lit, ruined road. Soldier's song from the Zvenigorodskiy district (arr. V Harteveld) 4-22212 149127b              

G&T St. Petersburg  11-10-10
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Let me enjoy a cruel revenge with Elizaveta Petrenko 2-24134  14965b
Demon (Rubinstein): Restless spirit with Alexander Bragin 2-24133 14964b

Gramophone, St. Petersburg 24-10-10
Soldiers of the Finnish Regiment, you won the fame – Song of the Finnish Garde-Reiter-Regiment, 1812 (arr. Harteveld) 4-22217 1798ae

Over the Steppe, Op.5 (Grechaninov) 62382 B 2033
Demon (Rubinstein): Don't Cry, Child 62382 B 2030

Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Arie B. 8405 M50586
Demon (Rubinstein): Arie B. 8405 M50585

Gramophone, St. Petersburg  30-9-10
The Poet (Kratkov): Ballad - I despise all women 4-22106 14873b


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