The History of the Tenor
Is an archive of the greatest Operatic Tenors including narration and sound clips from 1900 until 1990.

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Joseph Rogatchewsky

Joseph Rogatchewsky Rogatchewsky, Joseph
Born: 1891

Died: 1985


Russian tenor.

"Amongst the illustrious group of French-trained tenors before the public in the pre-war years, Joseph Rogatchewsky was one of the most highly regarded. Indeed, many vocal connoisseurs considered him to be the finest of them all. From a purely vocal aspect the quality is warmer, more distinctive, and with less vibrato than the tenors with whom he shared a similar repertoire.

Making his operatic début in Toulouse in 1922, appearances at the Paris Opéra-Comique led to a contract with La Monnaie in Brussels, where he speedily became their leading lyric tenor. Such is Rogatchewsky's artistry that his singularly attractive voice has a warm, very slightly throaty quality that brings the great Giuseppe Anselmi to mind. Dynamic markings are scrupulously obeyed, and his soft, well-supported head tones have rarely been equalled. These are particularly praiseworthy and apt in a glorious rendition of the famous air from Le Roi d'Ys. As might be expected, the tenor is very much at home in the Russian excerpts. Arias from May Night and Prince Igor are splendidly sung in the original language."

Vivian A. Liff, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July, 2001

Tenor Aria Opera Date Time
n13-01 Rogatchewsky Narrative   1.32
a13-02 Rogatchewsky De Mon Amie Fleur P/ Fishers 1928 2.01
n13-03 Rogatchewsky Narrative   1.14
a13-04 Rogatchewsky O Dolce Incanto Manon 1927 3.28
n13-05 Rogatchewsky Narrative   2.21
a13-06 Rogatchewsky Daylight Slowly Fades P/Igor 1927 3.54

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