Dobriansky, Andrii

Dobriansky, Andrii [Добрянський, Андрій; Dobrjans'kyj, Andrij], b 2 September 1930 in Lviv, 1 February 2012 in New York. Bass-baritone opera singer. Dobriansky immigrated to the United States of America in 1949 and obtained his artistic education in New York, studying drama with L. Donath and singing with G. Dubrowsky and J.S. Drobner. He sang with various opera companies in the United States before joining the Metropolitan Opera in 1969. His roles have included Don Magnifico in Giacomo Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Zuniga in Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Boris Godunov in Modest Mussorgsky’s opera of the same name, and Wotan in Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre. In the Ukrainian repertoire, Dobriansky’s roles have included Mykyta in Pavlo Pecheniha-Uhlytsky’s Vid'ma (The Witch) and Prince Yaroslav the Wise and the Cardinal of Paris in Antin Rudnytsky’s Anna Yaroslavna. Dobriansky has been a soloist with the Dumka choir of New York for many years.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 1 (1984).]

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