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Ivan Kozlovsky

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Ivan Semyonovitch Kozlovsky (Russian: Ива́н Семё́нович Козло́вский, Ukrainian: Іван Семенович Козловський; also referred to as Kozlovskiy or Kozlovskij) (March 24 [O.S. March 11] 1900 - December 21, 1993) was a Soviet lyric tenor and one of the greatest stars of Soviet opera, as well a producer and director of his own opera company, and longtime teacher at the Moscow Conservatory.

Ivan Kozlovsky was born in the village of Marianivka near Bila Tserkva, Russian Empire (now part of Ukraine) and began to sing at the age of seven in the chorus of the St. Michael’s Monastery. He went on to study drama, piano and singing (with the famous soprano Olena Muravyova) at the Mykola Lysenko Institute of Music and Drama in Kiev. He also sang with his brother in Alexander Koshetz’s choir in Kiev. This instruction was cut short after two years, due to the outbreak of the civil war in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution. Kozlovsky sang in a vocal quartet under the direction of O. Svechnikov. His voice enabled him to join the army engineers, as a lead singer in a military band.
He made his operatic début in 1920 as Faust at the Poltava theatre, where he sang until 1923. He followed this with engagements at the Kharkiv opera in 1923-4, and the Yekaterinburg (then called Sverdlovsk) opera theatre in 1924-6, before becoming one of the leading tenors at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow from 1926 to 1954.

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  • TheDarthsala

    They sure knew how to sing in the "stalinist" times...

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ielorza

    ¡Que tenor! Tenía una tecnica belcantista depuradísima,creo que se le puede perdonar todas las licencias artisticas que utilizaba al cantar...escuchen el Ecco ridente...la escala final es sobrehumana

    18 Aug 2009 Reply