Sekar-Rozhansky [Rozhansky], Anton Vladislavovich
- Boris Semeonoff
(b 6/May 18, 1863; d Jan 28, 1952). Russian tenor . He graduated from the St Petersburg conservatory in 1891 and for the next five years sang at opera houses in Rostov, Kharkiv and Tbilisi. He made a successful début at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1896, but after only two months left St Petersburg for Moscow, joining Zimin’s Private Opera company, where he was principal tenor until 1914. He had a big voice, strongest in the middle register and baritonal in quality: it was said that when he sang in duet with Battistini it was hard to tell which was the baritone. He was criticized for poor diction and intonation, faults offset by his imposing stage presence and brilliant acting. The title role in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko (Moscow 1897) was written for him, as was an interpolated aria for Guidon in The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Moscow, ...