Nezhdanova, Antonina (Vasil′yevna )
- I.M. Yampol′sky
(b Krivaya Balka, nr Odessa, 4/June 16, 1873; d Moscow, June 26, 1950). Russian soprano. She graduated from Umberto Masetti’s class at the Moscow Conservatory in 1902; that year she was engaged as a soloist at the Bol′shoy, where she remained for nearly 40 years, singing leading roles in Russian and west European operas opposite Sobinov. In 1906 she created the title role in Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini in a performance conducted by the composer. Rachmaninoff later dedicated his wordless song Vocalise (1912) to her. In 1912 she sang Gilda at the Paris Opéra with the Monte Carlo company. Her other roles included Lyudmila, Tat′yana, Lakmé, the Snow Maiden, Volkhova (Sadko ), the Queen of Shemakha, Elsa and Rosina. As Glinka’s Antonida and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Marfa (The Tsar’s Bride), she achieved a most harmonious musical and dramatic integration. She married the composer, conductor and pianist ...