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Vasili Damaev (Tenor) (village Otradnaya, Krasnodar 1878 – Moscow 1932)




Born in 1878, he sang in a church choir as a boy. From 1903 to 1905 he studied at the Moscow school for music and drama. In 1906 he joined the Zimin opera, where he prepared his roles with P. Olenin and Emil Cooper. He made his debut as the False Dmitry in Boris Godunov, and he remained with the company until 1920, with a repertory of more than 50 roles. On the invitation of Serge Diaghilev, he sang the False Dmitry, Andrej Khovansky (Khovanshchina), and Mikhail Tucha (Ivan the Terrible) in the 1909, 1911 and 1913 seasons of Russian music in Paris and London. After singing with several Moscow opera companies, including the Bolshoi opera, (in December, 1919, at the Zimin Opera, he sang the False Dmitry in casts headed by Fedor Chaliapin), he became the director of the Aquarium Theatre. He died in 1932. He was called the Russian Tamagno, because of the power of his voice.


Neron: Invan, invan Gramophone 022354 2948c
Meistersinger von Núrnberg: Preislied Gramophone .022133 2177c
Boris Godunov: Fountain Duet with S. Druzyakina Gramophone .024068 251af
Pique dame: Forgive me Gramophone .022300 249af
La Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda Gramophone M 022348 2944c
Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba Gramophone 022325 248af
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle Gramophone 4-22476 4033ae
La Boheme: Che gelida manina Gramophone 022196 2181c
Pique dame: What is our life Gramophone 4-22248 15333b
May night: Sleep, My Beauty Gramophone 022142 1920c
Sadko: Ho, faithful friends Gramophone 022194 2178c
Sadko: As If I had a chest of gold Gramophone 022298 247af
Sadko: O you dark oak-grove Gramophone 4-22088 37502
Oprichnik: I swear before God Gramophone 4-22284 16111
Pskovityanka: Raskukuy ty, kukushechka Gramophone 4-22656 18652
Dobrynya Nikitich: Flowers were blooming Gramophone 4-22087 37501
May night: Is she asleep? with V. Petrova-Zvantseva Gramophone  024038 1922‹c
Oprichnik: As before God Gramophone 4-22284 16111b
May night: Duet with E. Katulskaya Gramophone 024092 2952c




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