Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 8, 2016

Vladimir Rosing (Tenor) ( St. Petersburg, Russia January 23 1890 – Santa Monica, California November 24, 1963)


First he studied law at the St. Petersburg University, then privately singing with Ioakim Tartakov. He made his debut in 1910 in a concert together with the famous Heifetz. In 1910, Rosing departed to Europe where he perfected singing with Sir George Power (London), Giovanni Sbrillia and Jean de Reszke (Paris). He made his operatic debut at the Theater of Musical Drama in St. Petersburg as Trike in ‘’Eugene Onegin’’ (1912). Later he appeared there as Lensky (‘’Eugene Onegin’’), Pretender (‘’Boris Godunov’’) and Walther von Stolzing (‘’Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’’). Here his partners were L. Lipkovskaya and M. Davidova. He became world famous after his sensational debut in London at Albert-hall (together with Alice Verlet and Mischa Elman, 1913). In 1914 he became a director of the London Opera House ‘’Kingaway’’. From 1913 to 1921 he gave 104 recitals in London. In the 1915-1916 season he appeared with success at the Drury Lane Theatre in London. In 1921, as a member of the Car Rosa Opera Company, he sang the part of Cavaradossi in G. Puccini’s ‘’Tosca’’. The same year he sang at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in the following operas: ‘’The Queen of Spades’’ (Hermann), ‘’Pagliacci’’ (Canio), ‘’Faust’’ (Faust) and ‘’Carmen’’ (Don Jose). The made guest appearances In Brussels (Théâtre de la Monnaie) and Madrid (Teatro Reale). Since 1921 he lived in USA, where made appearances at the opera houses of Chicago and New York. He sang on stage up to 1930. He had a powerful metallic baritonal voice. His most considerable achievement was his concerts activity. In 1916 together with V. Safonov, he organized in Liverpool concerts of Russian music. He was very popular in the US and Great Britain, where his talent was very much appreciated. B. Shaw. He was also a producer, and in 1936 he organized at London together with A. Coates a company of British operas, in 1939 he was the director in Los Angeles of the Californian opera association.
Chronology of some appearances

1912 St. Petersburg Theater of Musical Drama Eugene Onegin (Trike)
1913 London Albert-hall Concert with Alice Verlet and Mischa Elman
1921 London Car Rosa Opera Company Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1921 Paris Opéra-Comique The Queen of Spades (Hermann)
1921 Paris Opéra-Comique Pagliacci (Canio)
1921 Paris Opéra-Comique Carmen (Don Jose)
1921 Paris Opéra-Comique Faust (Faust)


Gramophone, 1912-05
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle (It)  4-22387 16560b
Werther (Massenet): Pourquoi me réveiller?  4-22386 16561b

Gramophone, 1912-11-30
Spanish serenade (Rechkunov)  4-22447 17069b
We sat together (Tchaikovsky) 4-22448 17070½b
Cradle song (Gretchaninov) 4-22449 17072b

Gramophone, 1912-12-03
Virtus antiqua (Glinka) 4-22450 17078b

HMV, London 1913-07-03
I wish I were with thee (Gretchaninoff) 4-22589 Ho728ab
O give me the night (Bagrinovsky)  4-22588 Ho726ab
Nature morte (Jakobson); Hebrew song (Glinka)  4-22674 Ho725ab

HMV, London 1913-07-31
May Night (Rimsky-Korsakov): Levko's aria  4-22617  ak16845e
Autumn (Tcherepnin)  4-22618 ak16849e
Do not believe (Petrov)  4-22613 ak16848e
Mattinata (Leoncavallo) (It)  4-22675 ak16846e

HMV, London 1915-05-23
Pikova Dama (Tchaikovsky): Forgive me, bright celestial vision  2-022000
Pikova Dama (Tchaikovsky): If ever you knew 2-022001 Ho835ac

Vocalion, London 1919-07? 
Martha (Flotow): M'appari A-0233  01248

Vocalion, London 1920-06? 
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Ah, lève-toi, soleil  A-0233 01849

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