Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 6, 2014

Vasili Sharonov (Bass-Baritone) (Yaroslavl region 1867- St. Petersburg 1929)




He studied singing in St. Petersburg under I. I. Palechek, then in Italy with Scoliar. He made his debut in 1889 as comrpimario at the Panaevsky Opera House of St. Petersburg. For five years apppeared there as comprimario. From 1895 to 1927 he was a prinicpal bass-baritone of the St. Petersburg Mariinksy Theatre. From 1908 to 1910 and in 1914 appeared in The Russian Seasons of Sergei Dyagilev in Paris and London. During his career appeared in 70 operas and operettas. Sang opposite Figner, Chaliapin, Bronskaya, Alchevsky, Damaev, Ershov. In Russian he was one of the best-known Wagnerian singers of his time.

Chronology of some appearances

1889-1894 St. Petersburg Panaevsky Opera House
1895-1927 St. Petersburg Mariinksy Theatre


Berliner, St. Petersburg 1901
Judith (Serov): Holofernes' war song 22343 2559G
She laughed, Ballad (Lishin) 22344 2560G

G&T, St. Petersburg 1903
The seafarers (Vilboa): Duet with Ivan Ershov  024000  99y

Columbia, St. Petersburg 1903
Walkure (Wagner): Leb' wohl, du kühnes 35040
Over the steppe (Gretchaninov) 35041

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