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Subject: Re: Ivan Petroff, Bulgarian-born baritone
From: David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:51:04 +0000

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Looking at Frank Hamilton's invaluable Philadelphia site, I found out more. Talk about a bygone era..

Ivan Petroff w/Philadelphia companies
Tonio and Valentin  w/Sydney RaynerGermont and Rigoletto w/Dimitri Onofrei ( who sang one night only at the Met, as Lohengrin in 1936)
1945Valentin w/Nino Martini and Vivian della ChiesaEnrico w/Hilde Reggiani, Bruno Landi/MartiniFigaro ( Rossini) w/Reggiani, Salvatore BaccaloniEscamillo [Pittsburgh] w/Bruna Castagna, Raoul JobinDi Luna w/Norina Greco1946Valentin w/Martini, Dorothy Kirsten [Washington D.C.]/Wilma Spence1948 
Amonasro w/Florence Kirk

      From: Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>
 To: David Shengold <[log in to unmask]> 
Cc: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]>
 Sent: Monday, July 17, 2017 11:50 PM
 Subject: Re: Ivan Petroff, Bulgarian-born baritone
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 in1938, with the San Francisco Opera from 1943 to 1946, New York City Opera in1946 and the Pacific Opera Company in 1954. Additional appearances took theartist to Chicago and Vienna. Roles in his career included Rigoletto, Iago, Scarpia, Escamillio and rolesin 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

Kind regards,
Alan M. Watkins....

Best- David


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