The baritone, Ivan Petrov, was born in Turnovo in 1899.
After emigrating to the United States in 1937 he became an American citizen. He sang as a member of the San Carlo Opera Company in the United States in 1938, with the San Francisco Opera from 1943 to 1946, New York City Opera in 1946 and the Pacific Opera Company in 1954. Additional appearances took the artist to Chicago and Vienna.
Roles in his career included Rigoletto, Iago, Scarpia, Escamillio and roles in the Russian repertoire.
Ivan Petrov died in Los Angeles September 19, 1963.
Verdi: Aida "Duet of Aida and Amonasro" with Vasilka Petrova