the Moscow Conservatory
the Bolshoi Theatre
In 1859 Pavel Ivanovich graduated from the Rogozhsk School and studied at the Meschansk School of merchants. In 1871-1874 he attended the Moscow Conservatory.
His musical career began in 1874 on the stage of Kiev Opera Theatre. For the next couple of years, Pavel Ivanovich performed in Kharkiv, Odessa, and Perm. In 1875 he started to work at the Bolshoi Theatre. He also went on tours to Europe and was very popular among the middle-class.
In the 1890's Pavel Ivanovich lost his voice due to heavy drinking, and was unable to perform opera. He song folk songs and traveled across Russia. At some point, he formed a choir, but it did not last long. Eventually, Pavel Ivanovich came back to Moscow and tried to work at a private opera theatre and at local pubs. He never managed to recover, and died in the almshouse.
As for his literary works, Pavel Ivanovich published essays and articles on the everyday life of both peasants and theatre people on pages of such newspapers and editorials as Moscovsky listok, Russky listok, and Yuzhny krai. His collection of essays "Tales of old Moscow" was published in 1906-1907. It was the chronicle of the 1850s Moscow, full of vivid details and depicting popular local entertainment.