Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Mar 3, 2012

Alessandro Rosanoff (Alexander Rozanov) (Tenor) (Moscow 1870? – 1912)

                                                                Don Jose

His real surname was Rozenof. He sang in a Chorus, then goes to Milan to study with E. Brogi. Starting in 1895, Rosanov began to sing in Kiev, Kharkov (impresario Tsereteli), in Tiflis (1899, 1900, 1902), in Moscow (1899-1900, private opera, impresario Maksakova), in Vilnius, in Kazan (1901), in St. Petersburg (at the Akvarium), in Kiev (1903), in Novgorod (1904), in Saratov (1905/6, Russian opera, under control of Vronsky). From 1903-5, he was a soloist of the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre (here, he sang Sobinin, Gregori, German, Manrico, José, Raoul, and Turiddu. In 1905, Rosanov made his debut as Radames at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg; in 1908, he sang at the conservatory; in 1909/10 at the Moscow Sergievsky House; and in 1910-12 at the Odessa Opera (impresario Bagrova). Guest appearances followed in Helsinki, Berlin (1907), Milano (2 seasons), Florence (one season), Genua (one season), Trieste (one season), Lisbon (1909,  Teatro San Carlo), London, Buenos Aires (1909, Teatro Coliseo, Teatro Colon) and the USA. He possessed a pleasant and strong voice (tenore di forza). He was considered one of the best interpreters of the Wagner repertoire. He sang with Titta Ruffo, Hariclea Darclee, Mario Ancona.

Chronology of some appearances

1909 Buenos Aires  Teatro Colon Pagliacci (Canio)
1909 Buenos Aires  Teatro Colon Tannhauser (Tannhauser)
1909 Buenos Aires Teatro Coliseo Pagliacci (Canio)
1909 Lisbon Teatro San Carlo Un ballo in maschera (Riccardo)



Beka, Berlin 1907?
Rusalka (Dargomyzhsky) : Aria 8526
Faust (Gounod): Salve dimora 8527
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Lontan, lontan  8532
Ebrea (Halevy): Rachele allor che iddio 8538 

Anker, Berlin? 1908??
Africaine (Meyerbeer): O paradiso  14038
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar  14040
Profeta (Meyerbeer): Pastorale 14039


  1. Sorry, but your sound sample is unusable to get a glimpse of the voice of Rosanoff! It features the orchestral introduction to the aria and ends just as the voice of the tenor would be heard for the first time. Why don't you give the aria in full lengh?

    1. Now you can listen full version
      All the best

    2. Sorry, now you can listen to the normal quality
      All the best

  2. I have a disc who contains cavatine aus Faust ((Gounod) Kaiserl. Russ.Hofopernsänger, Moskau No. 8527) und gnadenarie aus Robert der Teufel ((Meyerbeer) Fräulein Marie Dietrich, Berlin No. 8389)