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Feb 3, 2015
Modest Menzinsky (Tenor) (Nowosiolki, Galizien 1875 - Stockholm 1935)
Son of a Russian-orthodox priest.
First he studied theology at theuniversityofLvov(Lwów). He studied singing with Walery
Wysocki in Lwów and continued his education from 1899 to 1903 with Julius
M. He made his debut in 1901 at theOpernhaus ofFrankfurta. M. as Lyonel in ‘’Martha’’. In the 1902-1904 seasons he sang at theStadttheater in Elberfeld. From
1904 to 1910 he was a member of the Royal Opera inStockholm. 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 inCologne. He made successful guest appearances inVienna(Hofoper) andLondon(Covent
Garden). On 11. 2. 1909 he appeared at theOpernhaus 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 inColognein the premiere of Fr. Schreker’s
‘’Irrelohe’’. In 1926 he retired from the stage and for the last time appeared
inCologneas Eleazar in ‘’La Juive’’ by Halévy.
Since 1926 he lived inStockholmwhere he still gave concerts and been
active as a vocal pedagogue.