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May 30, 2015
Alexander Griff (Bass) (Tbilisi, Georgia 1887 - Zagreb, Croatia 1962)
First he studied singing at the
Warsaw Conservatory, then under Edouard De Reszke. He made his debut in Warsaw as Marcina in ‘’Verbum
nobile’’ of S. Moniuszko. In 1913 he went to Paris, to perfect his vocal technique. He appeared
in Barcelona, Madrid,
Paris, Lisbon, Sofia, Prague, Italy, Mexico City
and in South America (Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo).
In the 1925-1927 seasons he sang at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, from 1927 to 1930 he was a member of the Teatr
Wielki in Warsaw.
His repertoire included Don Basilio in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Mephisto in
‘’Faust’’, Fiesco in ‘’Simon Boccanegra’’, King Heinrich in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Pogner
in ‘’Meistersingern’’, Pimen in ‘’Boris Godunov’’ and many other parts. His
sister was the famous contralto Marta Pospisvil-Griff.
Chronology of some appearances
1925-1927 ZagrebCroatian National Theatre
1927-1930Warsaw Teatr Wielki
RECORDING FOR SALE
Edison Bell Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky): Canzone di Varlaam Z. 1153