Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

May 8, 2015

Nikolai Rostovsky (Tenor) (The Province of the Don Cossack Host, Russia 1873/1875 - St. Petersburg, Russia 1949)

                                                          Vladimir Dubrovsky



Vladimir Dubrovsky

He was born to a Jewish family and his real name was Nokhim Frumson. He studied singing at the College of Music in Rostov under the famous tenor Eugene Ryadnov (1853-1925) and made his debut in 1902 as Eleazar in ‘’La Juive’’ at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Then he perfected his vocal technique in Paris with Paul Lhérie and Giovanni Sbriglia. From 1902 to 1904 and from 1911 to 1920 he was a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre. In the 1904-1905 season he appeared at the Opera in Kiev, from 1907 to 1908 at the National House in St. Petersburg, in the 1907-1909 seasons at the Kazan Opera. He made guest appearances in Lisbon (Teatro San Carlo 1909) and London (Covent Garden 1910?). His repertoire included Hermann in ‘’The Queen of Spades’’, Almavivia in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Raoul in ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’, Eleazar in ‘’La Juive’’, Enzo in ‘’La Gioconda’’, Duca in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Don Jose in ‘’Carmen’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1902-1904 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre
1904-1905 Kiev Opera
1907-1908 St. Petersburg National House
1907-1909 Kazan Opera
1909 Lisbon Teatro San Carlo
1911-1920 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre 


Rebikoff and Co.
Faust (Gounod) Salut demeure chaste et pure  471
The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky): Herman's aria  What is our life 470

The evening's golden clounds (Dargomyzhsky) with Vasili Petrov and Maria Tsybuschenko 45340
Faust (Gounod): Duo with Vasili Petrov 45339
A Life for the Tzar (Glinka): Vasili Petrov and Maria Tsybuschenko 45341

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