Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 9, 2014

Capiton Zaporojetz (Bass) (1880-1937)

His real surname was Kononov. He studied singing privately with S. Lapinsky. From 1908 to 1911 and from 1914 to 1920’s he was a soloist of the S. Zimin’s Opera House in Moscow, where in 1908 he and made his debut as Marcel in G. Meyerbeer’s ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’. From 1911 to 1914 he appeared at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre. In 1909 and 1913 he sang in S. Dyagilev’s Russian seasons in Paris. In 1911 he made guest appearances in Rome, London and Paris. In 1913 sang in Europe and USA. From 1920’s to 1930’s he was a member of the Russian Private Opera in Paris. He also performed in Bulgaria (1921), Vienna (1922), Barcelona (1922, 1927), Monte Carlo (1925), Berlin (1928), London and kishinev (1930’s).

Chronology of some appearances

1908-1911   Moscow S. Zimin’s Opera House 
1911-1914  Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1914-1920's Moscow S. Zimin’s Opera House


Drinking (Traditional song) L1991 AX2740
Song of the flea (Mussorgsky) L1991 AX2739

Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Love reigns over all ages 1440
Ruslan and Ludmilla (Glinka): Ruslan´s Air 1442

Sadko (Rimsky-Korsakov): Song of the Viking Guest - O fearful crags 10020
The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky): Tomsky´s Aria 10027
Barber of Seville (Rossini): La calunnia 10023
Faust (Gounod): Invocation  Il était temp 10024
Rusalka (Dargomyzhsky): The Miller´s aria 10028
Faust (Gounod): Song of the Golden Calf 10029

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