Vladimir Karavya

Picture of Vladimir Karavya as Canio
Picture of Vladimir Karavya as Canio
Picture of Vladimir Karavya as Radames
Picture of Vladimir Karavya as Radames
It is impossible to find on the web information about this very interesting tenor, he was Greek by nationality, I think, that he arrived from Greece to Russia (Petersburg) in the 1910s and quickly become a famous for his interpretation of mostly dramaptic repertoire, especially for his Canio, where he demonstrated his dramatic actor talent and big power of his voice, he sang with success at the theatre of Music Drama in Petersburg, he died in Cannes in 1969.
Ashot Arakelyan
As indicated by Ashot Arakelyan, Sergei Levik wrote the following about Karavya in his book An Opera Singer's Notes
Karavya sang with great success. A Greek by birth, well-built, good looking, able to move well, he also had a fairly powerful tenor and could phrase with passion. His timbre was not bad but he did not make significant use of it. He had no cantilena but was involved in what he sang. He was one of those not very musical singers without musical culture, who absorb music intuitively and frequently achieve considerable power of expression. His German, Radames and particularly his Canio aroused the audience's sympathy, including that of the most demanding musicians. The dramatic repertory bacame his responsibility primarly because of his outstanding capabilities as an actor.
I wish to thank Ashot Arakelyan for the pictures.

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