Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 7, 2014

Joseph Rogatschewsky (Tenor) (Mirgorod 1891 - Ixelles, Belgium 1985)

He studied at the Conservatory in Paris. Served in the French army during World War I and was wounded twice. Made his debut (1922) in Toulouse. Hired for Opéra-Comique that same year, and then in 1924 he joined the Monnaie in Brussels to become their principle tenor. Sang throughout Belgium and France. In 1929 and 1930 he sang at the Vienna State Opera. In 1931 he was back in Paris singing Lohengrin at the Palais Garnier. He was the director of the Brussels Opera (1953-59) and also a teacher.

Chronology of some appearances

1922 Toulouse Opera House
1922 Paris Opéra-Comique
1924 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie


Columbia, Paris 1927
Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck): Che farò senza Euridice?   D15011 WLX108
Lohengrin (Wagner):  In fernem Land  D15010 WLX 102
Lohengrin (Wagner): Les adieux au cygne L2300 WLX92
Pecheurs de perles (Bizet): Romance de Nadir 12527 WLX90
Pecheurs de perles (Bizet): De mon amie, fleur endormie D13041  WL 969
Manon (Massenet): En fermant les yeux D15011 WLX107
Roi d'Ys (Lalo): Aubade 12527 LX89
Werther (Massenet): Lorsque l'enfant revient d'un voyage D15010 WLX 100
Werther (Massenet): Mort de Werther D13109 WL1275
May Night (Rimsky-Korsakov): Récit et Romance de Lowko D15012 WLX 139
Prince Igor (Borodin): Cavatine D15012 WLX 142

Columbia, Paris 1928
Werther (Massenet): Le lied d'Ossian D13041 WL 950
Tosca (Puccini): O de beautes‚ gales  LF36 WL 1278
Tosca (Puccini): Le Ciel luisait d'étoiles D13109 WL 1319
Tosca (Puccini): O dolce mains LF36 WL 1273

Columbia, Paris 1931
Armide (Gluck): Plus j'observe ces lieux LF76 WL 2833

Columbia, Paris 1931
Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky): What is our life?  LF114 WL 3907
Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky): Forgive me, bright celestial vision  LF114 WL 3906

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