Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Friday, March 2, 2012

Nikolai Shevelev (Baritone) (Priluki 1874 – Turinsk 1929)

                                             Carlo Gerard in ''Andrea Chenier''

                                                  Wolfram in ''Tannhauser''

His real surname was Shevelyukhin. He was born into a family of tailor. Shevelev greduated from the Kiev actual school. By taking a great interest in theatre, secretly from his parents in 1881 Shevelev has performed in the Ukrainian troupe (here appeared in vaudevilles and divertisments). As a member of this troupe he went on tour on cities of a province, as well as in St. Petersburg where incidentally his voice has heard italian singer Zanetti and began to give him free lessons of singing. In the end of 1880th Shevelev sang in chorus, later he studied with baritone Antonio Cotogni and from 1889 to 1896 with the tenor Leopoldo Signoretti. In 1901 he took lessons from Pauline Viardot-Garcia, then in Tbilisi he studied also with Eugene Ryadnov. In 1896 at the Moscow Private Opera Theatre of  S. Mamontov Shevelev made his debut in N. Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera  ‘’Snow maiden’’. He performed in this theatre up to 1901 and from 1903 to 1905. From 1897 to 1900 and in 1902 he sang in Perm. From 1901 to 1902 he sang in Kiev, in 1905 in Nizhny Novgorod, in 1902 and from 1906 to 1908 he appeared in St. Petersburg, from 1908 to 1913 and from 1922 to 1924 Shevelev performed at the S. Zimin’s Opera Theatre. During of his career from 1913 to 1919 Shevelev also sang in Moscow, at National House of St. Petersburg, in the provincial theatres (Irkutsk, Tomsk, Tyumen, Taganrog, Sukhumi, Orenburg, Chita, Tbilisi, Odessa), from 1919 to 1922 he was a soloist of the Tbilisi Opera Theatre. Shevelev sang  also in Italy, Germany, Japan, China, Austria and in North and South America.

Chronology of  appearance

1896 Moscow Private Opera Theatre Snow Maiden



Berliner 1901
Eolian harps (Cui) 22643  1642B
Merchant Kalashnikov (Rubinstein): The Merchant's aria 22644 1643B
Halka (Moniuszko): Aria of Janusz 22645 1644B
The Enchantress (Tchaikovsky): Ah, the image of that enchantress! 22647  1646B
A tear trembles, op 6 n° 4 (Tchaikovsky) 22648 1647B
The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky): I love you, dear 22649 1648B
Louder than the song of the lark, op 43 n° 1 (Rimsky-Korsakov) 22650  1672B

G&T 1901
The Demon (Rubinstein) : On the ocean of the air 22561  382x
Askold's Tomb (Verstovsky): In olden days our forefathers lived 22563  384x
Song of Triumphant Love (Simon): O pure creature 22564  386x
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Should I decide on domesticity 22565 387x
Demon (Rubinstein): Do not weep, child 22566  399x
The Festival during the Plague (Cui): When powerful Winter, like a vigilant chief  22567 400x
The Captive in the Caucasus (Cui): Aria 22568  401x

Gramophone, 09-08
The Tzar's Bride (Rimsky-Korsakov): Where is my old adventurous spirit 3-22812 7761L

Gramophone 2-4-13
Songs from a southern land (Arensky) 4-22603 17396b

Tannhauser (Wagner): O tu bell’astro 1-75202 8207-0
Askold's Tomb (Verstovsky): In olden days our forefathers lived 1-75202 8306-0

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