Komissarzhevsky, Fyodor Petrovich
- Boris Semeonoff
(b Kiev province, 1838; d Sanremo, March 1/14, 1905). Russian tenor. After studying in St Petersburg and with Repetto in Milan, he made his début in 1863 at the Mariinsky Theatre, where he quickly attained the rank of leading tenor, a position he held until 1880. Among the many roles he created were Don Juan (The Stone Guest, 1872), Grigory (Boris Godunov, 1874), Sinodal (The Demon, 1875) and the role in Vakula the Smith (1876). He had a small voice of velvety timbre, heard to advantage in parts such as Gennaro (Lucrezia Borgia), Faust, Fra Diavolo and Jontek (Halka). He was noted for his impeccable diction and for his refined phrasing and characterization. From 1883 to 1888 he was a professor at the Moscow Conservatory, teaching drama as well as singing; Stanislavsky was one of his pupils....