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Greatest Opera Singers
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Romano Ciaroff-Ciarini (Tenor) (1878 - Odessa, Ukraine 1964)
The real surname of this tenor was Gurovich. He studied singing at the St. Petersburg Conservatory wih Gabel. Later he took the lessons in St. Petersburg from Prof. Nicolai. In 1905 (27 march) he appeared at the student's performance of the opera ''Kashchey the immortal'' of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, that produced as a sign of public protest аgainst of discharge of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov from conservatory. He sang the role of Kashchey. I think this performance was his debut in opera. When Romano Chiaroff-Ciarini completed his study at the conservatory he appeared in Kiev, Odessa, Kharkov, Kazan (1907-1909), then in Ekaterinburg (1909—10), Perm (1909—10, antrepr. A. A. Altshuller), at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg (debut as Lenski). Then he started his international career and appeared in Genova, Venezia, Milan, Florence, Rome, Barcelona (Teatro Liceo, 1912), London, Zürich, Bucharest, Warsaw. In 1913 iat the Petersburg National House he appeared in the operas ‘’Lakme’’ and ‘’The Snow maiden’’. In the 1925-26 season he sang in GATOB. In 1927 he appeared in the cities of SSSR with famous russian sopranos Lidya Lipkovskaya and Valeria Barsova. In august of 1929 Romano Chiaroff-Ciarini sang in Baku. Critics called him russian italian. He Possessed an easy, equal voice of a warm timbre and an extensive range. He easy overcame technical passages of any difficulty. He appeared in more then 30 operas. Sang with George Baklanov, Lidya Lipkovskaya, E. De-Vos Soboleva, A. Paschalova. He created in Ekaterinburg roles of Hofmann and De Grieux (Manon). From 1950s until his dead Chiaroff-Ciarini taught at the conservatory of Odessa. In the period ofWorld War II he was in evacuation in Tajikstan, and he sang there in hopitals, taught, help young singers in National Opera Theatre. He was a National artist of Tajikstan. One of his last concerts he sang in 1946 in Leningrad.
Chronology of some appearances
1911 Montreaux Kursaal Boheme (Rodolfo)
1912 Brescia Teatro Grande Romeo et Juliette (Romeo)
1913 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)