Anatolij Konstantinovich Aleksandrovich


Born on 13th of December, 1922 in Petrograd (former St. Petersburg). His mother was a commissar in the Red Army during the Civil War, and a political worker after it. She died in 1938. His father died right before her. So when he was 15 years old, he was an orphan.

He decided to enlist to the army, and after he finished middle school, he managed to get accepted to the Moscow Military Engineering Institute.

When he was 18, Nazi Germany attacked the USSR and the war started. In October 1941, as a cadet of the Military Engineering Institute, he was sent to the front as a commander of a sapper squad. Later on, he was a paratrooper. He took part in the battle of Stalingrad. He received the medal of the Red Star and the medal of the Great Patriotic War. At that time Aleksandrovich also volunteers to be a member of the Communist Party. During the war time, Aleksandrovich sings battle songs to his fellow soldiers.

When he was only 20 years old, he was already a captain, a commander of the regiment's reconnaissance unit. At the battle of Königsberg, he was wounded and lost his leg. When he was in hospital in the city of Rjazan, he used to sing for the other patients in order to lift their spirit. The management of the hospital decided to have a concert, and Aleksandrovich was one of the participants. As luck would have it, a teacher of the local musical college attended the concert. She highly praised his singing and told him he should go and start his studies at the musical college. Aleksandrovich took that chance.

Aleksandrovich finished the Rjazan musical college in two and a half instead of four years. His gave his first concert on the Victory Day – the 9th of May, 1945.

But Aleksandrovich wanted to keep studying and so he enrolled to the Leningrad State Conservatory, from which he successfully graduated. After the graduation, he was accepted to the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theater, where he was a soloist.

Aleksandrovich spent only a few years as a soloist there. He preferred to sing songs and romances, not arias. For more than 40 years, he was a soloist in the philharmonic department of Lengosconcert society ("Petersburg Concert"), and toured the Soviet Union and abroad with an incredibly rich and complicated repertoire.

Aleksandrovich received a gold medal at the Berlin Festival of Youth and Students. Starting from 1990, he taught voice. Aleksandrovich died in St. Petersburg on the 6th of March, 2016.
Reference for the top picture and the recording, and lots of additional recordings.

Anatolij Aleksandrovich singsO mojo solntse (i.e. 'O sole mio)
In RA format
Igor Milner has provided the biography and the bottom picture: thank you!

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