Georges Pozemkovsky

Georges Pozemkovsky (in Russian, Georgij Mikhajlovich Pozemkovskij) was born on February 21st, 1890. He studied singing from 1912 to 1917 at the St. Petersburg conservatory.

1916–1919, Pozemkovsky appeared on stage at the Mariinskij. He made his debut on January 7, 1916 as Lenskij; further roles were Luciano (Francesca da Rimini by Nápravnik), Bajan, Andrej Khovanskij, Vjazemskij (Knjaz Serebrjanyj by Kazachenko), Alphonse (La muette de Portici), Don Juan (Kamennyj gost/The stone guest), Sinodal, Faust, Vladimir Igorevich, Roméo, Rodolfo. Simultaneously, he sang in operetta.

After 1919, he lived outside Russia. In 1919, he toured Sweden together with Maria Kuznetsova.

In the 1920s and 1930s, he was a permanent soloist of the Opéra Russe in Paris (for instance, as Shujskij, as Kuterma, or in Mozart and Salieri on June 3rd, 1932 with Shaljapin), and went on tour: Brussels, Switzerland, Nice (1921, 1930), Monte Carlo (1925), Barcelona (1924–25, 1927, 1929), Berlin (1928), and USA. At the Opéra-Comique in Paris, he made his debut as Cavaradossi on April 3 1922. In 1926, he sang at Covent Garden in a concert version of The legend of the invisible city of Kitezh. In 1931, he sang in the English premieres of Sadko and Rusalka at the Lyceum Theatre. He was considered one of the outstanding singers of the time.

His repertory included: Fisherman (Solovej/The nightingale by Stravinsky), the title role in Tarass Boulba by Samuel-Rousseau (he did not sing the world premiere as claimed in some books), Sadko, Prince (Rusalka), Grigorij, Shujskij, Tucha, German, Duca...

In the 1920/30s, he recorded some operatic excerpts. Now his records are very poorly known, except perhaps for the duet from "Rusalka" with Shaljapin.

He died in 1958.
Reference: Arkadij M. Pruzhanskij Otechestvennye pevtsy 1750–1917, vol. 1, Moscow 1991

Georges Pozemkovsky singsTarass Boulba: Ah, je t'aime plus que la vie et que l'honneur, with Maria Kuznetsova
Discography (not necessarily complete)

Pathé 1920
1991	Tarass Boulba (Samuel-Rousseau): Ah je t'aime plus	2024
	with Maria Kuznetsova

Gramophone 01-04-31
0G551-2	Sadko (Rimskij-Korsakov): Oj, ty tjomnaja dubravushka	EK 95, 30-6473		

Gramophone 06-08-31
2B580-I	Rusalka (Dargomyzhskij): Chto ehto znachit?, pt.1	DB 1531, 32-2265, 11-8695
	with Fjodor Shaljapin
2B581-I	Rusalka (Dargomyzhskij): Chto ehto znachit?, pt. 2	DB 1531, 32-2265, 11-8695
	with Fjodor Shaljapin
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the biographical notes and recording.

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