Whilst Kozlowski and Lemeshev were competing for the lyric roles of the Bolshoi, during the 40’s and 50’s.
Most of the dramatic parts went to Georgi Nelepp. Who unfortunately died at the early age of 53.
He was born in the Ukraine in 1904. And graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory in 1930.
He was at the Kirov in Leningrad, from 1930 to 1944. And from then until his death at the Bolshoi.
It is interesting to note, that in his early days, both Sobinov and Gladinov thought him to be the great vocal hope for the future.
We hear first, a fragment of Sadco’s address to the city fathers. From Rimsky Korsakoff opera of that name.
Then the Storm aria, from what was always considered Nelepp’s finest role, Herman in Tchaikovsky’s opera, Pique Dame, The Queen of Spades.