|Vasili Sevastyanov was very well known in Russia, but not in the West. He was born on January 1st, 1875 at Tambov in central Russia. His family later moved to Kharkov, where Sevastyanov studied in a technical school. His voice was discovered and he was sent to Milan to study singing. Sevastanov took lessons from E.Rossi and P.Vidal. After returning to Russia in 1900, Vasili Sevastyanov made his debut at Kharkov. He did not deceive the hopes of the patrons of the art, and for one year staid in Kharkov . In 1901, Vasili Sevastyanov became a member of the Bolshoy at Moscow, where he staid until 1905. However Vasili Sevastyanov started to tour because of the large fees that were paid. Vasili Sevastyanov was active in Baku (1902), at the Zymin Opera at Moscow (1906-07), Riga, Tiflis, Kharkov, Kazan (1908), Samara (1909). In 1907 and during 1910-11, Vasili Sevastyanov sang at the Mariinsky at St. Petersburg. His repertory included: Dimitri (Boris Godunov), Hermann,Radames, Canio, Samson, José,Tänhauser, and Tristan. After 1917, Vasili Sevastyanov left Russia. He sang mainly in Romania and Yugoslavia and put opera performances together. In Ljubljana, he presented "Boris Godunov ", by inviting Shaliapin. Vasili Sevastyanov died penniless at Paris on October 21st, 1929. Vasili Sevastyanov recorded very little during his best period (1908-10). There are 15 records made for Gramophone, Zonophone, and Sirena.|
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the picture, recording and biographical notes.