Stravinsky, Fyodor Ignat′yevich
- Jennifer Spencer
- , revised by Edward Garden
(b Rechitskiy, Minsk province, 8/June 20, 1843; d St Petersburg, 21 Nov/Dec 4, 1902). Russian bass of Polish descent , father of Igor Stravinsky. He attended the gimnaziya (grammar school) at Nezhin, and then studied law. While a student, he sang with great success in public concerts and eventually decided to make a career as a singer. He entered the St Petersburg Conservatory in 1869, where, from September 1871, he studied with Camillo Everardi. In 1873, the year in which he graduated, Stravinsky's performance as Don Basilio in a student production of Il barbiere di Siviglia attracted the attention of the critics. He was engaged to sing at the opera theatre in Kiev and made his public début as Count Rodolpho in La sonnambula on 22 August/3 September 1873. He remained in Kiev until 1876, when he became one of the principal basses at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, appearing there regularly until the year of his death. Stravinsky possessed a many-sided dramatic talent, and played both serious and comic roles with great mastery. He made a total of ...