Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Mar 4, 2012

Lev Klementiev (Tenor) (St. Petersburg 1868 – Tbilisi 1910)

                                            Nerone in Rubinstein's opera ''Nerone'' 

                                              Hermann in ''The Queen of Spades''

From 1887 to 1888 Klementiev studied in St. Petersburg  with K. I. Krjijanovsky, later he took lessons from Olivieri in Paris and from Martin Petz in Milan. From 1887 to 1888 Klementiev appeared in operettas at St. Petersburg. In 1888 he started to appear in operettas also in Kharkov, Odessa, then, from 1890 to 1891 again in St. Petersburg. From 1891 to 1892 Klementiev sang in operettas in Moscow. From 1888 to 1889 he was a soloist of the Kiev Opera Theatre, from 1889 to 1890 of the Tbilisi Opera Theatre. From 1892 to 1902 Klementiev performed at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre where he made his debut as Hermann in Tchaikovsky’s opera ‘’The Queen of Spades’’. At the Bolshoi Theatre he appeared in  35 operas. Later Klementiev sang in different opera theatres of St. Petersburg (Private Opera, New Summer Theatre ''Olimpia'', Russian Opera, New Opera, Mariinsky Theatre, National House). Klementiev also performed in Paris (Theatre ''Olimpia'', 1904), America and Sofia.

Roles created

1893 Young gipsy in ''Aleko'' (S. Rachmaninov)
1901 Rodolf  in ''Angelo'' (T. Kui)
1902 Graf Ruzov in ''Potemkin's Feast'' (M. Ivanov)



G&T 1902/1903
Prince Igor (Borodin): Daylight was slowly fading 022031 124y
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior 22087 239z
Nerone (Rubinstein): Invan, invan 022033  126y
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Ah! quel spectacle....Plus blanche 022130 406¾s

Gramophone 1909
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Di tu se fedele 022131 407s
The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky): Forgive me, heavenly creature4-22023 6805r
Nerone (Rubinstein): Invan, invan 4-22001 6807r

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