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Subject: Re: Ivan Petroff, Bulgarian-born baritone
From: Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:49:18 -0400

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Many thanks, David. These are fascinating details. I had no idea that he
was a Bulgarian but, as I gather now, he was also relatively young when he
emigrated to Italy and then USA. One lister also sent me the Remington page
profiling him that confirms some of the biographical info you found. It
doesn't mention his Onegin, but I can imagine that he sang it with W. Horne
(about whom I'm afraid I don't know much) as Lenski if it was in the NYCO's
repertoire while he was there.

I was impatient to listen to the excerpts from his RIGOLETTO that you (and
a couple of listers offlist) mention (it's on Spotify!) and, while
interpretatively not nearly as interesting as his Macbeth, it demonstrated
again the natural beauty and richness of his voice. And now I see that he
was even in his 50s by then!

My thanks also to all those who responded privately and to Graeme Wright
for his onlist response as well. It was good to know that some of our
listers are familiar with his name and a couple of them still have those
old Remington LPs.

Best, Vesna.

On Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 7:01 PM, David Shengold <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi Vesna
> He did make other recordings for Remington, including  RIGOLETTO complete
> and PAGLIACCI highlight. Also CAVALLERIA with the notorious Vasillka
> Petrova and Eddy Ruhl. You can find him on Youtube singing "Cortigiani"
> among other things.
> Found this online:
> "The baritone, Ivan Petroff, was born in Turnovo in 1899.
> After emigrating to the United States in 1937 he became an American
> citizen. He sang as a member of the San Carlo Opera Company in the United
> States in 1938, with the San Francisco Opera from 1943 to 1946, New York
> City Opera in 1946 and the Pacific Opera Company in 1954. Additional
> appearances took the artist to Chicago and Vienna.
> Roles in his career included Rigoletto, Iago, Scarpia, Escamillio and
> roles in the Russian repertoire.
> Ivan Petroff died in Los Angeles September 19, 1963."
> He studied with Fernando de Lucia! Debut in Bologna, 1928 (BARBIERE)
> At San Fran Opera (1943-46) the Archives have him as Malatesta, Enrico,
> Rigoletto, Ford (opposite Vivan della Chiesa, not often mentioned
> hereabouts), Amonasro and Alfio. Am away from home and my NYCO Archives
> book, but I did know he had sung there-- was he their Onegin opposite
> William Horne?
> Found a useful post from rmo circa 2009:
> On May 10, 11:16�pm, "EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)"
> ...
> It is not massively complex. Ivan Petroff (1899-1963) was a Bulgarian
> baritone who later emigrated to the USA and Ivan Petroff (1920-2003)
> was a bass born in Siberia to a German family. He was born Johann
> Krauze but just before World War II the family moved to Moscow and
> took a wise decision to change the name to Petrov - he became Ivan
> Petrov.
> Kind regards,
> Alan M. Watkins
> ....
> Best- David

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