Speransky, Nikolay Ivanovich
- Boris Semeonoff
(b 18/July 30, 1877; d Moscow, March 5, 1952). Russian bass-baritone and opera director . After early musical education in Saratov, he went to study law in Moscow, where he had lessons in singing from Camillo Everardi and Mattia Battistini and in piano from Serge Rachmaninoff . He made his début in 1901 at the Moscow Private Opera, spent two years at the Tbilisi Opera, and returned to Moscow in 1905 as leading soloist with Zimin’s opera company, where he created the roles of Dodon (The Golden Cockerel, 1909) and Suleyman in Ippolitov-Ivanov’s Izmena (‘The Betrayal’, 1910). His repertory spanned almost the entire range of bass and baritone parts, from the Miller (Rusalka) and Kochubey (Mazepa) to Escamillo and Amonasro; in Boris Godunov he sang Varlaam and Rangoni, as well as the title role. He gave up singing in 1916 and devoted his time to organizing opera and teaching in provincial cities. From ...