Lev Klementiev

Picture of Lev Klementiev

Picture of Lev Klementiev

Lev Klementiev singsUn ballo in maschera: Di tu se fedele
In RA Format

Lev Klementiev singsNero: O grief and care
In RA Format

Biographical Notes

Lev Klementiev was born on February 12th 1868 in St. Petersburg. He studied at a military school and then at a business school. When he was 19 years old, Lev Klementiev started singing in operetta and simultaneously took singing lessons with Krjzizanovsky. In 1889, Lev Klementiev took singing lessons in Paris with Olivieri, and in 1890 in Milan with Petz. During 1888-1889, Klementiev sang in Kiev, 1889-1890 in Tiflis, 1890-1892 in St. Petersburg, and during 1892-1902 at the Bolshoi (debut as Hermann). At the Bolshoi, Klementiev sang more than 35 roles. After 1902, he sang in different theatres ( 1904 - Paris with Schaliapin; 1906 in the USA). He had a powerful voice with a wide band (more than two octaves). His best roles were: Neron (Rubinstein), Hermann, Lensky, Canio, Raoul, José, Riccardo (Ballo), and Tannhäuser. Lev Klementiev recorded 10 records during 1902-1909, all of them for the Gramophone. He died on October 13th.1910 in Tiflis during a performance.

I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the picture, biographical notes and recording (Nero).

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