Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 21, 2011

Cecilia David (Soprano) (Odessa, Ukraine 1878 - Milan 1909)

She was trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in C. Ferni-Giraldoni's class, theatrical art she studied with I. I. Palechek.  She made her debut as Lisa in ''Pique dame'' at the theatre of Rostov-na-donu, then she appeared in Moscow (1903, Thеatre Aquarium), Irkutsk, St. Petersburg (New Summer Theatre Olimpia, 1905). Since 1907 David sang with great success at the italian opera stages (Palermo, Teatro Maggio, Parma, 1908, Teatro Regio, Rome, Milan, Genua, Venezia, in Spain (Barcelona, 1907), Monte Carlo (1909). She created in Monte Carlo the role of princess in ''Rusalka'' (Dargomyzhsky). Her death was caused by a sudden attack of meningitis.

Chronology of some appearances

1906  Barcellona Teatro Liceo Ugonotti (Valentina)
1907 Genova Politeama Genovese Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1908 Parma Teatro Regio Tristano e Isotta (Isotta)
1909 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Gioconda (Gioconda)


G&T, Milano 1907
Poliuto (Donizetti): Al suon dell'arpe with Augusto Scampini 54358 10851B
Juive (Halevy): Chi mi svela with Augusto Scampini 054178 1272c
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Dillo ancor with Augusto Scampini 054179 1275c
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): Morte d'Isotta with Emanuele Ischierdo 053159  1313c


  1. MOLTO BELLO!!! Thank you for sharing this valuable biographical information.

    1. Цецилия Давыдова (Зеленская-Окс)-вторая супруга моего прапрапрадеда -Доктора Бориса Абрамовича Окс.