Alexander Bogdanovitch

Alexander Bogdanovitch

Alexander Bogdanovitch sings
Biographical Notes

Picture of Alexander Bogdanovitch
Alexander Bogdanovitch

Alexander Bogdanovitch singsMignon: Elle ne croyait pas, in Russian
In RA Format

Biographical Notes

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 with 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. In 1904-1905, 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.


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