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Alexey Nikolayevich Verstovsky (1799-1862)

Alexey Verstovsky (1799-1862) studied piano, violin and composition while studying at the Corps of Engineers in St Petersburg. At the age of 20, made famous by the success of his opera-vaudeville Grandmother’s Parrots, he continued composing in this genre and produced more than thirty such works during his life.

In 1825, he was appointed Music Inspector in Moscow in charge of the Imperial theatres, including the Maly and the Bolshoi.

In 1828, he turned to opera. His most successful opera, Askold’s Grave (1835) became the first Russian opera to be performed in the United States (1869).