Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

May 30, 2015

Alexander Griff (Bass) (Tbilisi, Georgia 1887 - Zagreb, Croatia 1962)

First he studied singing at the Warsaw Conservatory, then under Edouard De Reszke. He made his debut in Warsaw as Marcina in ‘’Verbum nobile’’ of S. Moniuszko. In 1913 he went to Paris, to perfect his vocal technique. He appeared in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Lisbon, Sofia, Prague, Italy, Mexico City and in South America (Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo). In the 1925-1927 seasons he sang at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, from 1927 to 1930 he was a member of the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. His repertoire included Don Basilio in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Mephisto in ‘’Faust’’, Fiesco in ‘’Simon Boccanegra’’, King Heinrich in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Pogner in ‘’Meistersingern’’, Pimen in ‘’Boris Godunov’’ and many other parts. His sister was the famous contralto Marta Pospisvil-Griff.

Chronology of some appearances

1925-1927 Zagreb Croatian National Theatre
1927-1930 Warsaw Teatr Wielki


Edison Bell
Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky): Canzone di Varlaam Z. 1153

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