Vasily Rodionovich Petrov (Vasily Petrov) |

Vasily Rodionovich Petrov (Vasily Petrov) |

Vasily Petrov

Date of birth
Date of death
Voice type
Russia, USSR

People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1933). In 1902 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in the singing class of A. I. Bartsal. In 1902-37 he was a soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre. Petrov possessed a flexible, expressive voice with a wide range, combining the softness and beauty of sound with the power and coloratura technique rare for bass. Best roles: Susanin, Ruslan (Ivan Susanin, Ruslan and Lyudmila by Glinka), Dosifei (Khovanshchina by Mussorgsky), Melnik (Dargomyzhsky’s Mermaid), Mephistopheles (Gounod’s Faust). Performed as a concert singer. Toured abroad. In 1925-29 he was the vocal director of the Opera Theatre. Stanislavsky, in 1935-37 – the Opera Studio of the Bolshoi Theater. In the last years of his life, he conducted pedagogical work at the Musical College. Glazunov (Moscow).

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