Petrova-Vorobieva, Anna, Russian contralto; b. St. Petersburg, Feb. 14,1817; d. there, April 26,1901. She was a student of Antonio Sapienza and Cavos in St. Petersburg, and also received some training from Glinka. Following her operatic debut as Pippo in La gazza ladra, she sang with the St. Petersburg Opera (1835–50), where she created the roles of Vanya in A Life for the Czar (1836) and Ratmir in Ruslan and Ludmila (1842). Glinka subsequently added the aria In the Monastery to his latter opera to showcase her vocal talent. Her husband was Osip Petrov.
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