Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 14, 2013

Kipras Petrauskas (Tenor) (Village of Ceikinai-Keiziai 1885 - Vilnius 1968)

The son of an organist, Petrauskas was the brother of M. Petrauskas, under whose supervision he received his early musical training. In 1911 he graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he studied singing with S. I. Gabel’. Additionally he studied in Italy uder Enrico Rosati. He spent some time in prison for participating in the revolutionary events of 1905. In 1906 he made his debut as a singer in Vilnius in the opera ‘’Birutė’’ by M. Petrauskas. From 1911 to 1920 he was a soloist at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater under the stage name Piotrovski. Petrauskas was one of the founders of the national Lithuanian opera theater in Kaunas, where he was a soloist until 1958; today the theater is known as the Lithuanian Theater of Opera and Ballet. In 1940 he created the role of Grigorii in Dzerzhinskii’s ‘’The Quiet Don’’ for the Lithuanian stage. One of his best roles was that of the False Dmitrii in ‘’Boris Godunov’’ (State Prize of the USSR, 1951). From 1925 to 1928 he toured foreign countries with F. I. Chaliapin. Petrauskas was a deputy to the second and fourth convocations of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. He was awarded the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, and a medal. People’s Artist of the USSR (1950). Professor at the Conservatory of the Lithuanian SSR from 1951.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Vilnius Opera House Birutė (-)
1911 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre Roméo et Juliette (Roméo)
1911 St. Petersburg Rigoletto (Duke)


Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Kuda, kuda vy udalilis XX85000
Halka (Moniuszko): Rezitativ i pesnja Ionteka XX85001
Bernuzeli, nes voliok RA107901
Dul-dul dudele 26028

Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle P 53801-I 2-87802
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Addio alla madre P 53801-II 2-87804
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Di tu se fedele P53800-I 2-87800

Traviata (Verdi): Brindisi with E. Kardeliene GM 2003

Pakelkime taures linksmybes
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior
Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba
Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky): Entrance of Hermann
Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky): What is our life?
Otello (Verdi): Niun mi tema

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