Yershov [Ershov, Erschoff], Ivan Vasil′yevich
- J.B. Steane
(b Malïy Nesvetay, nr Novocherkassk, 8/Nov 20, 1867; d Leningrad [now St Petersburg], Nov 21, 1943). Russian tenor. He studied in Moscow and with S. W. Gabel in St Petersburg, where he made his début as Faust in 1893. There followed a period of training in Italy, with performances at Turin and Reggio Emilia. Back in Russia, he sang for a season at Kharkiv, then in 1895 rejoined the Mariinsky at St Petersburg where he remained until 1929. There he became known as ‘the Russian Tamagno’, specializing in heroic parts such as Otello, Florestan and the heroes of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots and Le prophète, as well as in a comprehensive Wagnerian repertory in which his Tannhäuser was particularly admired. In 1895 he created the roles of Vakula in Christmas Eve by Rimsky-Korsakov and Orestes in Taneyev’s Orestaya. In 1902 he sang Valery in the first performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s ...