Vladimir Viktorovich Ivanovskij

8 (21) June 1912, Kursk – 26 March 2004, Moscow
Vladimir Viktorovich Ivanovskij was born on June 8th (21st), 1912 in Kursk. After high school, he became an electrician, and a projectionist at the railway club in Kursk.

However, he wanted to sing. He met a pianist at the club. They spent many hours at the piano together! Vladimir does not yet know music theory, but he has a receptive ear for melody. Once, he was overheard by the famous singer Nikolaj Shevelev who immediately noticed him.

But at 16 years old, you cannot begin at a vocational school. Soon, Ivanovskij moved to Moscow. And here, continuing to work as a senior electrician and projectionist, he never stopped singing.

Ivanovskij was acquainted with relatives of a professor at the Moscow conservatory, N. Ladukhina, who introduced him to Ippolitov-Ivanov. It would seem that the fate of the artist was solved. He would receive lessons in the conservatory. But, alas, combining work with vocal lessons was not been possible. Ivanovskij had to postpone his dreams to better times.

And yet, while continuing to work during the day, Ivanovskij took part in amateur performances at the club of the river transport employees. In the All-Union Olympiad, he received a prize and was sent to study at at the Moscow Glazunov music school, in the class of D. Beljavskaja.

Ivanovskij finished the Glazunov school in 1940. The talented singer had crossed the threshold of the long-awaited stage career: Ivanovskij was accepted by the Kirov.

The war dramatically changed his fate. He was assigned as a soloist to the song and dance ensemble that served the coastal defense of the Baltic Fleet. Ivanovskij sang with the jazz orchestra of the Baltic Fleet. He went to military units, submarine bases and other places to sing. He gave about thousand concerts for the soldiers protecting Leningrad. He was full of enthusiasm, and inexhaustible energy.

After being evacuated, he returned to the Kirov, where he created many fine interpretations from José Raoul, Grigorij, German to Pavel in Kabalevskij's Semja Tarasa/The Taras family. Gradually, the name of Vladimir Viktorovich Ivanovskij gained wide popularity, and in 1952 he received an invitation to the Bolshoj.

In those post-war recovery years, the Bolshoj enriched its repertoire with remarkable performances, and on its stage, it had Kozlovskyj, Lemeshev, Rejzen, Pirogov, Maksakova, Barsova, Davydova, and many others singing. The world-famous orchestra was conducted by people like Golovanov, Melik-Pashaev or Nebolsin, and among the stage directors were Baratov, and a very young Pokrovskij.

One of Ivanovskij's biggest parts was German, he is said to have sung it about two hundred times. As German, he was slender, elegant, refined and from the first minute of his appearance on stage, he riveted the attention of the audience.

Ivanovskij toured many cities in the USSR and the most remote areas of the country. He was often abroad. His performances in Italy on the stage of La Scala as Grigorij and German were a resounding success.

When it was time to retire, the ebullient nature of Ivanovskij did not allow him to stay away from the beloved theater, and from music. In 1969, Ivanovskij became head of the opera troupe of the Bolshoj (until 1974). Then, he was a senior inspector for organizing concerts of the collective (1975–2002).

On his 90th anniversary, Ivanovskij was honored on June 25th, 2002 by a performance of Pikovaja dama at the Bolshoj. Vladimir Viktorovich Ivanovskij died on March 26th, 2004.

Partial repertory
Pavka (Semja Tarasa/The Taras family by Kabalevskij), creator, 1950, Kirov
Znobov (Nikita Vershinin by Kabalevskij, 1955)
Bánk bán (Bánk bán by Erkel, 1959)
Masalskij (Octjabr by Muradeli, 1964)
Prince (Charodejka/The enchantress)
Andrej Khovanskij and Golitsin
Prince (Rusalka by Dargomyzhskyij)
Vsevolod (Skazanie o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii)

Partial discography
Skazanie o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii/The legend of the invisible city of Kitezh and the maiden Fevronia, as Prince Vsevolod, choir and orchestra of the Bolshoj conducted by Nebolsin, 1956, with Rozhdestvenskij, I. Petrov, I. Bogdanov, D. Tarkhov, M. Zvezdina, N. Kulagina and others

Skazka o tsare Saltane/The tale of tsar Saltan, as Gvidon, chorus and orchestra of the Bolshoj conducted by Nebolsin, 1958, with E. Smolenskaja, I. Petrov, G. Olejnichenko, P. Chekin, L. A. Nikitina, Al. Ivanov, E. Verbitskaja, E. Shumilov, and others

Boris Godunov, as Grigorij, chorus and orchestra of the Bolshoj conducted by Melik-Pashaev, 1962, with Petrov, G. Shulpina, M. Reshetin, I. Arkhipova, E. Verbitskaja, V. Borisenko, A. Grigoryev, N. Arkhipov and others

Solo LP V. Ivanovskij in the series "200 years of the Bolshoj Theatre", including German's arias, Szumią jodły, Vesti la giubba, Celeste Aida, Huguenots duet with N. Serval, and Florestan's aria.

Reference 1 for biographical notes, pictures and additional recordings
Reference 2 for biographical notes

Vladimir Viktorovich Ivanovskij – born in Kursk, Russia June 8th, 1912. In 1940 he graduated from the Glazunov Music Conservatory in Moscow and that same year made his debut at the Kirov Opera in Leningrad, where he remained until 1952. During the war (1941–45) he sang for the sailors in the Baltic fleet, and also gave innumerable concerts for the Russian troops. After 1952 he became a soloist with the Bolshoj Theater in Moscow. Ivanovskij starred in many Russian operas, as well as in Western roles, and in 1950 created the role of Pavka in Kabalevskij's opera, Semja Tarasa/The Taras family, at the Kirov Opera. He also made many guest appearances abroad, appearing in Italy, Romania, Finland, Korea, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Canada, and Austria.
Harold Byrnes

Vladimir Viktorovich Ivanovskij studied with the well-known teacher D. Beljavskaja. Ivanovskij sang at the Bolshoj from 1952 for 1972. The singer was the manager of the opera troupe since 1969. Despite his great notoriety during the 1940–60s, he recorded very little. He recorded for the radio, including the duet from Zigeunerliebe with D. Potapovskaja.
Vladimir Efimenko

Vladimir Ivanovskij singsFidelio: Gott, welch Dunkel hier, in Russian
In RA format

Vladimir Ivanovskij singsLes huguenots: Ô ciel, où courez vous , with Nina Serval in Russian
In RA format

Vladimir Ivanovskij singsRequiem: Ingemisco

Vladimir Ivanovskij singsZigeunerliebe: Es liegt in blauen Fernen, with Dina Potapovskaja in Russian
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the recordings (Huguenots, Zigeunerliebe).

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