Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 10, 2013

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

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