Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 3, 2015

Modest Menzinsky (Tenor) (Nowosiolki, Galizien 1875 - Stockholm 1935)





Son of a Russian-orthodox priest. First he studied theology at the university of Lvov (Lwów). He studied singing with Walery Wysocki in Lwów and continued his education from 1899 to 1903 with Julius Stockhausen in Frankfurt a. M. He made his debut in 1901 at the Opernhaus of Frankfurt a. M. as Lyonel in ‘’Martha’’. In  the 1902-1904 seasons he sang at the Stadttheater in Elberfeld. From 1904 to 1910 he was a member of the Royal Opera in Stockholm. Here he sang in 1905 or in 1907 in the premières of R. Wagner’s ‘’Siegfried’’ and "Götterdämmerung". In the 1910-1926 seasons he was engaged by the Opernhaus in Cologne. He made successful guest appearances in Vienna (Hofoper) and London (Covent Garden). On 11. 2. 1909 he appeared at the  Opernhaus in Lwów (Lvov) in the premiere of the opera "Boleslaw Smialy" ("Boleslaw der Mutige") by Lubomir Rózycki. On 27. 3. 1924 he sang also at the Opernhaus in Cologne in the premiere of Fr. Schreker’s ‘’Irrelohe’’. In 1926 he retired from the stage and for the last time appeared in Cologne as Eleazar in ‘’La Juive’’ by Halévy. Since 1926 he lived in Stockholm where he still gave concerts and been active as a vocal pedagogue.

 Chronology of some appearances

1901 Frankfurt a. M. Opernhaus
1902-1904 Elberfeld Stadttheater
1904-1910 Stockholm Royal Opera
1910-1926 Cologne Opernhaus


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