Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pavel Andreev (Baritone) (1874, 25/2 (9/3), Osimin, St Petersburg - 1950, 15/9, Leningrad)



In 1903 he graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Here he studied under S. Gabel. The same year he made his debut as Demon at the St. Petersburg National House. In this same year he made his debut on the opera stage. Beginning in 1907 (for approximately 40 years) Andreev was a performer at the Mariinskii Theater (since 1920 known as the Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet). His roles included Ruslan (Glinka’s ‘’Ruslan and Liudmila’’), Prince Igor (Borodin’s ‘’Prince Igor’’), Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky’s ‘’Boris Godunov’’),the Demon (Rubinstein’s ‘’The Demon’’), Holofernes (Serov’s ‘’Judith’’), Petr (Serov’s ‘’Enemy Force’’), Mizgir’ (Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘’The  Snow Maiden’’), Tomskii (Tchaikovsky’s ‘’The Queen of Spades’’), Escamillo (Bizet’s ‘’Carmen’’), and Peter 1 (Lortzing’s ‘’The Tsar and the Carpenter’’). Andreev also appeared in concert recitals, performing operatic arias, art songs, and Russian folksongs. Andreev’s voice was resonant, with a beautiful timbre, and distinguished by a wide range. He performed baritone roles as well as bass parts. His most successful roles were those of the Russian repertoire, especially the epic ones. From 1919 he engaged in teaching, and, beginning in 1926, was a professor at the Leningrad Conservatory. He was awarded the Order of Lenin.

Chronology of some appearances

1903 St. Petersburg National House
1904-1905 St. Petersburg Lyric Opera
1906  St. Petersburg New Oper
1907 St. Petersburg National House
1907-1930's St. Petersburg Mariinskii Theater


G&T, St Petersburg 1905
The song of the flea (Moussorgsky) 2-22842 3499L

G&T, St Petersburg 1906-04

Rusalka (Dargomizhsky): The young girls are all alike (Aria Melinka) 2-22922 4406h

G&T, St Petersburg 1906-06

Demon (Rubinstein): Accursed world (Prologue) 2-22948 1124r 
Faust (Gounod): Le veau d'or 2-22939 1128r

Zonophone 1906-06

Demon (Rubinstein): Love God's world with Nina Lezhen X-64430

G&T, St Petersburg 1906-11
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Pescator, affonda l'esca 3-22540 4832L
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Prologo 3-22545 4920L

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