Partner Nikolay Vasilyevich Masalitinov
State Counselor and Chambers Junker Prince Alexei Vasilyevich Golitsyn (November 27, 1832 – October 21, 1901) was a friend of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Like the composer, Golitsyn was homosexual; but unlike the composer, he lived openly with his lover, Nikolay Vasilyevich Masalitinov (d. 1884).
Letter of Tchaikovsky to his brother, Modest Tchaikovsky, 13/25 February 1884, from Paris, in which Tchaikovsky mentions that he had been to see one of the first performances of Massenet's opera: "I had expected something more. It is very elegant, very polished, but there isn't a single moment capable of moving, captivating, or striking one. The quality of the performance and the staging were such as are only to be encountered in Paris. Golitsyn and Masalitinov kept pointing out the best numbers and pronouncing musical judgements, which was a real nuisance.
He was the son of Prince Vasily Petrovich Golitsyn and Princess Sofya Alekseevna Golitsyna. He had one brother, Prince Viktor Vasilyevich Golitsyn. He married in 1858 Lyubov Aleksandrovna Suvorova-Rymnikskaya (November 30, 1831 - October 9, 1883), maid of honor, daughter of Alexander Arkadyevich Suvorov-Rymniksky and Lyubov Vasilyevna Suvorova. In 1861 they were divorced and the marriage was childless. In the same year, 1861, Lyubov Alexandrovna married a lieutenant, later a colonel, aide-de-camp, military agent in Vienna, Vladimir Vladimirovich Molostvov (1835–1877), son of Lieutenant-General, Senator Vladimir Porfirievich Molostvov. In this marriage were born 4 sons and 3 daughters among whom: Alexandra Vladimirovna Molostvova; Konstantin Vladimirovich Molostvov; Lyubov Vladimirovna Molostvova and Arkady Vladimirovich Molostvov.
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