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Offline Lady Macduff

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De Lazari
« on: December 27, 2015, 10:53:49 AM »
I keep coming across this name referenced in the wartime diaries of the girls. It's always associated with music - DeLazari was at the hospital concert, played the balalaika, etc. Does anyone have any further information on this person?
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Re: De Lazari
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2015, 02:16:40 PM »
Ivan de Lazari descended from a Greek noble family. He was an actor and director at the Alexandrinsky Imperial theater, famous for his virtuoso guitar and balalaika playing - for which he was awarded the title of "His Majesty's soloist". During the war he traveled with sanitary trains to entertain wounded soldiers at hospitals, including the Palace hospital at Tsarskoye Selo.  Died in Moscow in 1931. There's an article on him in the Russian Wiki.