Published on February 10th, 2012 01:23 AM
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Let's start with some notes on two historical Lenskys, the two best tenors of Imperial Russia.
Of course, one of them is the great singer Leonid Sobinov. He was active from 1899 to 1914, and then after the Great War he was busy with being the Bolshoi's director, and little by little he just retired as a singer. On stage, he was a great mixture of the Italianate school of singing, and the Stanislavski's acting system.
Listen to his flexible voice, a very fluent singing, always restrained and elegant.
In 1934, he died but passed the torch to none other than Sergei Lemeshev.