Ognivtsev, Aleksandr Pavlovich
- I.M. Yampol′sky
(b Petrovskoye, Lugansk region, Aug 27, 1920). Russian bass . In 1949 he graduated from the Kishinyov conservatory and was engaged as a soloist by the Bol′shoy. His début as Dosifey (Khovanshchina) and his performances as Boris soon afterwards brought him immediate recognition as a singer of unusual dramatic accomplishment and authority, with a strong, beautiful voice of velvety timbre, and an imposing stage presence. A versatile actor, he took with equal success roles in high tragedy, complex psychological drama and comedy: his repertory included Ivan the Terrible (The Maid of Pskov), Prince Gremin (Yevgeny Onegin) and René (Iolanta), Gounod’s Méphistophélès, Rossini’s Don Basilio, Philip II, and the General (Prokofiev’s Gambler), which he sang on the Bol′shoy visit to the Metropolitan in 1975. He created Nicholas I in Shaporin’s The Decembrists (1953) and the Leader in Kholminov’s Optimisticheskaya tragediya...