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Forgotten Opera Singers
Oct 12, 2011
Natalya Ermolenko-Yuzhina (Soprano) (Kiev 1881 – Paris 1937)
Tamara in ''Demon''
Juliet in ''Romeo and Juliet''
Her real surname was Plugovskaya. She was a wife of the great russian tenor David Yuzhin. She studied with M. Zotova in Kiev (1897—1901), then she studied in St. Petersburg and later in Paris with M. Vidal and in Italy. In 1900 she made her debut in St. Petersburg Private opera. From 1901—06, 1910—13 and from 1915 up to the 1920s she was a soloist of the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre. From 1906—08 and in 1913, 1916, 1919 she appeared in Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, from 1908—10 Ermolenko-Yuzhina sang in S. Zimin’s Opera Theatre. She guested in Odessa (1904), Tbilisi, Baku, Kazan (1905), Rostov-on-Don (1906), La Scala (1906 nd 1907; with David Yuzhin), Paris (Grand Opera House, 1907 и 1912), where she appeared in Wagner repertoire. In 1908 she appeared in the first Sergei Dyagiev’s famous ‘’Russian seasons’’ as Maria Mnishek in ‘’Boris Godunov’’. Ermolenko-Yuzhina also appeared in South America (1907), Brussels (1910). Since 1917 she sang at the Covent Garden, London. From 1921-22 she appeared in Italy, Germany and Spain (Barcelona). Next year she sang in France, America and Russia. Since 1924 Ermolenko-Yuzhina lived in Paris, where she appeared in Grand Opera House.
Chronology of some appearances
1900 St. Petersburg Private
Opera 1901-1906 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre
1906-1908 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1908-1910 S. Zimin’s Opera Theatre
1910-1913 St. Petersburg
1913 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre 1915-1920s St. Petersburg
Mariinsky Theatre 1916 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre 1919 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Pathe cylinders & discs, Moscow 1904?
Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky): Lisa's
Gramophone, Moscow 1908
Aida (Verdi): O patria
Aida (Verdi): Fuggiam
gli ardori inospiti with David Yuzhin2-240237188L
Ugonotti (Meyerbeer): Tu
l’as dit with David Yuzhin 2-240247190L
Elegie- Donottemptmeneedlessly,romance (Glinka) with David Yuzhin 2-24025
Night was flying
(Grodsky)with David Yuzhin 2-24026 7195L
Lontan, lontan with David Yuzhin 2-240277196L
Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky):
Ah! I’m weary 2-23313 7200L
Suicidio 2-23314 7201L Aida (Verdi): Su dunque, sorgete with Oscar Kamionsky 2-02024
Gramophone, Moscow 1909
Judith (Serov): I
shall don my robe of byssus 2-23418 8664L