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Ivan Melnikov by Alfred Lorens

Ivan Melnikov by Alfred Lorens
(Ivan Aleksandrovich Melnikov )
(March 4, 1832 – July 8, 1906)
Russian baritone
Began studying with Gavriil Lomakin,continued his studies in Milan with a master of bel canto, E. Repetto .In 1867, Melnikov made a triumphant St. Petersburg debut at Mariinsky Theatre, performing the role of Riccardo in Bellini's I puritani. Melnikov appeared regularly at the Mariinsky, in both foreign and Russian roles, and was the first interpreter of more than dozen roles in Russian opera. Melnikov sang in every opera by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky except for Iolanta, creating roles in four of Tchaikovsky's operas: Prince Vyazminsky in The Oprichnik (1874), Devil in Cherevichki (1886), Prince Kurlyatev in The Enchantress (1887), and Tomsky in The Queen of Spades (1890)