Nikolaï (Niko, Nikoloz) Georgiyevich Kumsiashvili

1892-1942

His extraordinary love for work was already felt when he was a student at the Conservatory in Tbilisi. In this institute, he studied under Professor E. K. Ryadnov.

He made his debut on November 26, 1924, in Tbilisi. He had good success. Only two weeks earlier, the popular singer Vano Sarajishvili died and Niko Kumsiashvili had to take over his roles in S. Paliaschwili's opera "Daisi". Kumsiashvili interpreted the role of Malkhaz so brilliantly so that he received immediately the full recognition of the whole audience. The young singer followed successfully the footsteps of his illustrious predecessor dignity and he brought his talent to the development of national vocal art.

But the artistic life of N. Kumsiashvili did not last long. On the opera stage, he sang only fifteen years (1924 - 1939), but during these years he sang 46 roles. The singer also interpreted chamber music, including songs and ballads. He sang almost all the tenor roles, due to his versatility, given at the Opera in Tbilisi. Kumsiashvili, master of his voice and gifted with an extraordinary artistic energy, stood every night on stage.

His repertory included: German, Radames, Canio, Otello, Raoul, Malkaz (Daisi), Abesalom ("Abesalom and Eteri"), Malkhaz ("Daisi"), Manrico, Duca, Cavaradossi, Turiddu, Don José, Arnold, Samson, Hermann, Eléazar, Dick Johnson, Calaf, Nadir, ...

Kumsiashvili interpreted operas from the historical past and the revolutionary movements of the fraternal peoples ("Almast" by Spendiarov, "Taras Bulba" by Lysenko, "The Quiet Don" by Dzerzhinsky, "The Battleship Potemkin" by Tschischko). He was one of the first singers who embodied on the Georgian stage the Soviet man.

Kumsiashvili enriched the local music scene with his contribution. He collaborated with Georgian composers, conductors and directors on at the local opera stage. He created many roles in premieres. He appeared in following Georgian operas: "March of Shota Rustaveli" by D.Arakischwili, "Daredzhan Kowarnaya" by M Meliton Balantschiwadze, "Latawra" by Z. Paliashvili, "Amiran" by K.Megwinetuchutsessi. "Leyla" by A.Balantschinadze, "The Princess Kako" by A.Andriaschwili.

His museum is in Tbilisi (address: Z. Zhvania 2). He lays in rest at the Didube pantheon.






Reference
Melodiya LP Liner Notes

Niko Kumsiashvili sings Daisi: Malkhaz' arioso
In RA Format
I thank George Polyzoides for the picture.
Discograpy

Melodiya
LP
Side 1
Z. Paliaschwili - Abesalom Aria and Duo Abesalom - Murman
(Abesalom und Eteri, Act III und IV)
Murman - Sandro Inaschwili

Puccini - Johnson Ara
(La Fanciulla del West, Act III)

Z. Paliaschwili - Duo Maro - Malchaz
(Daisi, Act I)
Maro - Ekaterina Sochadze

Side 2
Z. Paliaschwili - Scene Maro - Malchaz, Malchaz Aria 
(Daisi, Act III)
Maro - Ekaterina Sochadze
Arioso  Malchaz 
(Daisi, Akt IV)

W. Gokieli - A sign of the past (S. Schanschiaschwili)
Naninawda, Volkslied
Lale, Volkslied, transcribed by  K. Potschweraschwili 
In Georgian (l, 2, 4 - 9) and Italian
Orchester des Staatlichen Akademischen Opern- und Ballettheaters 
"Z. Paliaschwili"
Conductors: Schalwa Azmaiparaschwili (1, 1)
            Ewgeniy Mikeladze ( 4 - 6)
Piano - Tatyana Dunenko (3, 7 - 9)
Украденный Игором

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