Fri, Sep 30, 2016 07:00PM EDT - Thu, Oct 27, 2016 07:00PM EDT
An autographed real photo postcard of Leonid Sobinov.
Dimensions: 8.8 x 13.8 cm
Leonid Vitalyevich Sobinov (Russian: Леонид Витальевич Собинов, June 7, 1872 – October 14, 1934), was an acclaimed Imperial Russian operatic tenor. His fame continued unabated into the Soviet era, and he was made a People's Artist of the RSFSR in 1923. Sobinov's voice was lyrical in size and tone, and it was employed with discerning taste and excellent musicianship.
Sobinov was impressed by the up-and-coming operatic bass Feodor Chaliapin, who was one year younger than he was, and they appeared together on stage in 1899. In that same year, he added the parts of Andrej (Mazeppa), Gérald (Lakmé) and Alfredo Germont (La traviata) to his repertoire.
In 1917, after the Russian Revolution, Sobinov became the first elected director of the Bolshoi Theatre. In 1923 he was selected to be a deputy of the Moscow City Council. He made his last stage appearance in 1933 at a Bolshoi gala held in his honors. The next year, he began work at the operatic studio of Konstantin Stanislavsky as the studio's artistic leader.