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date: 22 November 2019

Kuznetsova, Mariya Nikolayevnalocked

  • J.B. Steane
  •  and Harold Barnes


(b Odessa, 1880; d Paris, April 26, 1966). Russian soprano. She first went into ballet at St Petersburg, then trained as a singer with Joakim Tartakov. Her operatic début at the Mariinsky Theatre as Marguerite in Faust was a triumph, and she remained with the company until 1913. Among the premières in which she took part was Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh (1907). From 1908 she developed a reputation abroad, and Paris became her second artistic home. At the Opéra she appeared in Chabrier’s Gwendoline (1910), Massenet’s Roma (1912; she had sung in the first performance earlier that year at Monte Carlo), as Aida and Norma, and created roles in Gunsbourg’s Venise (1913) and Massenet’s Cléopâtre (1914). She made her Covent Garden début in 1909 and took part in the famous Beecham Russian season at Drury Lane in ...

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