Aleksandr Ilych Rozanov

Rozanov (real surname Rozenof) was born approximately in 1870 and died in 1912.

Very young Rozanov sang in a chorus, then went to Milan to study with E. Brogi.

Starting in 1895, Rozanov began to sing in Kiev, Kharkiv (impresario Tsereteli), Tiflis (1899, 1900, 1902), Moscow (1899/1900, Private Opera, impresario Maksakov), Vilnius, Kazan (1901), Petersburg (at the Akvarium), again in Kiev (1903), in Novgorod (1904) and Saratov (1905/06).

1903 to 1905, he was a soloist at the Bolshoj Theater (there, he sang Sobinin, Grigorij, German, Manrico, José, Raoul, and Turiddu).

In 1905, Rozanov made his debut as Radames at the Mariinskij; in 1908, he sang at the St. Petersburg conservatory; in 1909/10 at the Sergievskij Narodnyj Dom in Moscow; and in 1910–12 at the Odessa opera (impresario Bagrov).

Rozanov went on tour: Helsinki, Berlin (1907), Milano (2 seasons), Florence (one season), Genova (one season), Trieste (one season), Lisbon (1909 – Teatro São Carlos: Un ballo in maschera with Elvira Magliulo – Giuseppina Sanz – Tina Di Angelo – Mario Ancona – José Mardones – Ugo Canetti), London, the USA and Buenos Aires (1909, Teatro Coliseo: Pagliacci with Germana Grazioli – Domenico Viglione Borghese – Giuseppe La Puma – Angelo Algos; 1909, Teatro Colón: Pagliacci with Hariclea Darclée – Titta Ruffo – Giovanni Novelli – Cesare Spadoni; and Tannhäuser with Hariclea Darclée – Maria Claessens – Giuseppe De Luca – Mansueto Gaudio – Antonio Vettori).

Rozanov possessed a pleasant and strong voice (tenore di forza). His sound was full with some metal, and easily and freely produced, with a shade of throatiness at the top – I emphasize: a shade, not a squeezed tone; this did not impede his success. (S. Levik)

Rozanov had a lot of temperament on stage, close to excessive. He was considered one of the best interpreters of the Wagner repertoire.

His roles included: Sobinin (in 1904, he took part in the performance celebrating the 100th anniversary of Glinka's birth), Tannhäuser, Bajan, Finn, Prince, Shujskij, Rodolfo, Sinodal, Vjazminskij (Oprichnik – normally sung by a baritone!!), Lenskij, Éléazar, Samson, Énée, Alfredo, Otello, Duca, Riccardo, Ernani, Enzo, Lohengrin, Siegmund, Siegfried, Jontek, Sadko, Jean de Leyde, Andrej (Mazepa), Canio, Radames...

Reference: A. M. Pruzhanskij: Otechestvennye pevtsy 1750–1917, vol. 2, Moscow 2000

Aleksandr Rozanov singsLe prophète: Pour Bertha, in Russian
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Aleksandr Rozanov singsLa Juive: Rachel, quand du Seigneur, in Russian
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Aleksandr Rozanov singsL'Africaine: O paradiso
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Aleksandr Rozanov singsLa Gioconda: Cielo e mar
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