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Ivan Petrov

Petrov, whose real name was Hans Krause, came from a family of naturalized Germans who had been living in Russia for several generations, maintaining strong interests in both engineering and music. In 1936 he and his immediate family moved to Moscow and adopted the name Petrov, reflecting the growing anti-German sentiment of the time. He entered the Glazunov School of Music in 1938, where he studied with Anatoly Mineyev who had been a member of the Bolshoi Opera Company; and the following year joined a touring ensemble, headed by the tenor Ivan Kozlovksy, that presented operas in concert form. After Germany declared war on Russia in 1941 he sang in many hundreds of performances for soldiers, both at the front line and in hospitals.




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