Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Vasili Sevastianov (Tenor) (Tambov 1875 - Paris 1929)




Thanks to entrepreneur A. A. Tsereteli he studied vocal art in Milan with E. Rossi and P. Vidal. From 1904 to 1905 Sevastianov improved his singing abroad.  In the 1899-1900 season he appeared at the opera stages of Kharkov (entrepreneur A.A.Tsereteli), Kiev (1900), Rostov-na-Donu (1901). From 1901 he was the soloist of the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre. From 1902 to 1903 Sevastianov also sang both at the Solodovnikov and  Hermitage Theatres. In 1907 and in the 1910—1911 season he was the soloist of the Mariinksy Theatre in St. Petersburg. Sevastianov also went on tour in Petersburg (1901, entrepreneur M. K.Maksakova), Baku (1902), Moscow (1906/07, Opera Theatre of S. Zimin), Riga, Kharkov, Tiflis (1908), Kazan (1908), Samara (The end 1909 — the beginning 1910), Eastern Siberia and Japan (1911). Since 1902 Sevastianov participated in concerts of the circle of fans of russian music in which he sang romances of Borodin, Kyui, Arensky (composer has devoted to the singer a romance  I wait for you), Ippolitov-Ivanov, Goldenveizer. In 1911 he was the stage manager in National house of musical drama (St. Petersburg), after 1917 he worked in Zagreb, Ljubljana and Bucharest.  One of the best russian tenors Sevastianov possessed flexible, protruding on beauty and force a voice of a wide range. The varied repertoire totaled 26 parties. Sevastyanov was the first Werther in Moscow's premiere of the opera. He died in poverty. Sevastianov recorded very little and these are very great rarities.

Chronology of some appearances

1899-1900 Kharkov Opera House
1900 Kiev Opera House
1901 Rostov-na-Donu Opera House
1901 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre


Zonophone St. Petersburg  -9-08
Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida  X-2-62493

Zonophone Moscow,  20-2-09
Romeo et Juliette (Gounod): Ah! Leve-toi soleil X-2-62494

Even the grass does not grow  (Gipsy Romance)

1 comment:

  1. MOLTO BELLO!!! Thank you for sharing this valuable biographical information.