Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 10, 2013

Alexander Aleksandrovich (Tenor) (Nizhny Novgorod 1881 – USA 1955)

His real surname was Pokrovski. He studied physics and mathematics at the St. Petersburg university. Aleksandrovitch studied singing with the tenor I.Tomars, and acting with A. Petrovski. He made his debut at the Mariinski in 1909 as Sinodal (‘’Demon’’). He sang there up to 1919. In 1913 following the advice of Diagilev, he sang during the Russian seasons in Paris and London in "Boris Godunov". In 1916, Aleksandrovich made his debut at the Bolshoi as Lenski and Berendei. In 1919, Aleksandrovich left Russia. He sang concerts in Germania, Paris (there in 1922, he sang a series of concerts dedicated to the history of Russian music), and Barcelona. In the 1930s, he sang with the Parisian Russian opera (director Zeretelli).

Chronology of appearance

1909 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre Demon (Sinodal)

Gavriil (Gabriel) Morskoy (Tenor) (Ukraine, Chernigov province 1862 - St. Petersburg 1914)

His real name was Heinrich Janchevetzki. He was born on March 23rd., 1862 in the. During his childhood he sang in a choir in Arseni a city in the area of Kiev. Morskoy finished the Chernigov grammar school and then went to the Petersburg Capella. He studied singing during the period 1882-89 at the Petersburg conservatoire with Everardi, Gabel and Palechek. In 1889, Morskoy made his debut in opera in Odessa (1889-92), then sang in Kiev (1892-95). During 1895-1906, he was at the Mariinski Theatre (Radames, José, Raoul, Lenski). He had a strong voice with a range up to high C. His repertory was around 50 roles, among them: Sobinin(Ivan Susanin-Glinka), Hermann, Samson, Vodemon, Werther, Ioann. He went also on tour in England. All his records are rare.

Chronology of some appearances

1889-1892 Odessa Opera House
1892-1895 Kiev Opera House
1895-1906 St. Petersburg Mariinksy Theatre


G&T St. Petersburg 1901
The Maid of Pskov (Rimsky-Korsakov): Michaels Tucha's song  22473 1444B
Tsar's Bride (Rimsky-Korsakov): The threatening cloud has passed 22570 343x
Sadko (Rimsky-Korsakov): O you dark oak-grove 22582 409x
Walkure (Wagner): Wintersturme 22804 464x

Gramophone St. Petersburg ? 1903
Sadko (Rimsky-Korsakov): Play, my psaltery 2-22585

Oscar Kamionsky (Baritone) (Kiev 1869 - Yalta 1917)



From 1888-91 he studied at the St. Petersburg. Conservatory under Everardi, Gabel and Palechek. On the advice of A. Rubinstein  he vent to Italy to study singing with  E. Rossi. In 1892 he made his debut at the Teatro Bellini in Naples, then sang in the opera houses of  Florence (Tonio, "Pagliacci" R Leoncovallo) and the Royal Opera House in Athens. In 1893 he returned to Russia. He has performed on opera stages of Kharkiv (1893-94, 1898-99), Kiev (1894-95, 1902-04), Rostov-on-Don (1895-96), Tiflis (1896-1901) etc. In the 1904-05 he sang at the Private Opera House of Tsereteli in St. Petersburg. From 1905-08 Kamionsky appeared at the S. Zimin’s Opera House in Moscow. In 1909 he made a tour around the cities of Siberia and Japan. He retired from the stage in 1915. Kamionsky had a relatively small, but beautiful voice with fine upper register. Being master of bel canto and performing the roles of both lyrical. and dramas. character Kamiosnky called the "Russian Battistini". He appeared to more than 40 roles. As the preeminent Russian baritone of the period he took his escalated image to heart. Although he has been described as self-centered in nature, no one could doubt the brilliance and accuracy of his singing. His early death has been attributed to cancer.

Chronology of appearance

1892 Napoli Teatro Bellini Pagliacci (Tonio)
1892  Napoli Teatro Sannazzaro Carmen (Escamilio)
1892  Napoli Teatro Sannazzaro Favorita (Alfonso)
1892  Napoli Teatro Sannazzaro Pescatori di perle (Zurga)
1911 Varsavia Teatro Imperiale Rigoletto (Rigoletto)


G&T 15-2-1902
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Eri tu  22898 609 x

Gramophone Moscow?  1903
Occhi di fata, Romance (Denza) 2-22583 1636z 

Gramophone Moscow?  1905
Trovatore (Verdi): Il balen del suo sorriso 2-22799 2965L
Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Stzena pered duelyu - cho zhe? nachinat?  with A. Davidov 24388 2833L

Gramophone Moscow  1908
Ernani (Verdi): O sommo Carlo with Vladimir Pikok, Lidya Milova and Dubrovin 022108 335m

Gramophone Moscow?  1908
Little one, may God's mercy be with you, Romance (Laskhalov)  3-22771 7178L 

Gramophone Moscow?  1908
Aida (Verdi) Su dunque, sorgete with Yermolenko-Yuzhina Natalya  2-02024

Gramophone Moscow? 1-2-09
Bless you, forests (Pilgrim's song) 3-22948 8650L

Gramophone Moscow? 19-2-09
Penso (I remember that blissful day), Romance  3-22956 8749L

Gramophone Moscow 30-1-09
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Finch'han dal vino 3-22955  8638L

Gramophone  St. Petersburg  16-9-10
Otello (Verdi): Credo in un dio crudel 022192 2023c

Gramophone St. Petersburg ? 25-11-1913
The Tzar's Bride (Rimsky-Korsakov): Where is my old adventurous spirit 0222024 2936c

Sep 9, 2013

Andrey Labinsky (Tenor) (Kharkov 1871 – Moscow 1941)



He studied singing at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire (1895-1899) under Gabel and Samus and made his debut in 1899 at the Mariinsky Theatre as Berendey in ''The Snow Maiden'' of N. Rimsky-Korsakov.

Chronology of some appearances

1899-1912 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre
1919-1924 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre


G&T 1901
In my blood the fire of desire burns, Romance (Glinka) 22331 2612G
Dubrovsky (Napravnik): O give me oblivion (Napravnik) 22332 2642G
North Star G&T 22430 2998G

G&T  St. Petersburg 1905
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 2-22802 442x

Gramophone 1905
Poet (Krotkov): Aria of Luiidy  2-22745 2821L
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Whither, whither 2-22760 2958L       
Les Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Raoul’s Aria 2-22775 2975L
Demon (Rubinstein): Prince Sinodal's aria 2-22776 2976L

Gramophone 06-1906
Rusalka (Dargomyzhsky): Unwillingly to these sad shores 2-22926 1118r
Rusalka (Dargomyzhsky): Everything here reminds me 2-22927 1119r
Ivan Susanin (Glinka): Brothers in the snowstrom 2-22929 1121r       
Dubrovsky (Napravnik): O give me oblivion 2-22930 1122r

Gramophone 1906
Faust (Gounod): Salut demeure 3-22534 4936L
Serenade (Night descended on the earth) 3-22556 4994L
Askold's tomb (Verstovsky): Near the town of Slavyansk 3-22557 49011/2L

Gramophone  St. Petersburg 1908
A Life for the Tzar (Glinka): The rose which blooms with M. Mikhailova, G. Nikitina and L. Sibiryakov  2-24157 7839L
Prince Igor (Borodin): Vladimir's cavatina 3-22830 7794L     
Snow Maiden (Rimsky-Korsakov): So full of wonders 3-22855 7795L   
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky): I love you Olga 3-22856  7797L
Halka (Moniuszko): The wind wails in the hills 3-22862 7796L          
Sadko (Rimsky-Korsakov): Song of India 3-22863 7798L

Sep 7, 2013

Averando Gilberti (Tenor)

He studied singing under the pedagogue Stradivarius and made his debut in 1905 at the Teatro Rossini of Venice in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’.  

Chronology of some appearances

1905 Venezia Teatro Rossini  Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1906 Treviglio Traviata (Alfredo)                                 
1907 Gualtieri  Teatro Sociale  Pagliacci (Canio)
1908 Prato Teatro Metastasio Faust (Faust)
1909 Firenze Politeama Nazionale Aida (Radames)
1910 Empoli Teatro Salvini Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1911 Revere Teatro Sociale Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1912 Roma Teatro Adriano Carmen (Don Josè)


Gramophone, Milano 1911-07-28
Poliuto (Donizetti): La sacrilega parola with Pavoni, de Goetzen, Cannetti & chorus 054326 351aj

Gramophone, Milano 1911-07-31
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Fior di giaggiolo with Rinalda Pavoni and Maria Passeri 54459 1294ah

Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1911/1912
Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Wagner): Dall'alba tinto 82641
Falstaff (Verdi): Dal labbro il canto 110099
A Tripoli (Arona) 110121