Alexander Bogdanovitch was born on October 22nd, 1874 in the ancient Russian city of Smolensk.
In 1894, he finished grammar school in Smolensk and then studied at the medical
faculty at Moscow. He first worked as a doctor. In 1897, Bogdanovitch was acquainted
Leonid Sobinov, and made friends with him. Alexander Bogdanovitch took from him his
first singing lessons.
He further studied with I.Onnore. He made his debut in 1903
at the St. Petersburg Russian-Italian opera
as Sinodal. At the beginning, his weakness was his upper register
(as well as for Leonid Sobinov). He went to Milan to correct it with A.Broggi and F.Valero.
Bogdanovitch sang in Tiflis. Since 1905, he sang at the St. Petersburg national house, and
during the season 1905-1906, at the St. Petersburg Mariinski Theatre.
From 1906 to 1936. Alexander Bogdanovitch
sang at the Bolshoi. Alexander Bogdanovitch had in his repertory 45 operas, among them
were Lenski, Levko, Almaviva, Duca, Alfred, Werther, Gérald,
Nadir, & Lohengrin. The singer toured extensively,
appearing in concerts with the outstanding conductors B.Walter, O. Frid,
O. Klemperer. The singer died on April 6th, 1950 in Moscow.
Bogdanovitch's records are very rare. He recorded during 1903-08 for Columbia,
G&T, & Pathé.
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the picture, biographical notes and recording.