Forgotten Opera Singers

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 Mariinsky Theatre
1913 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1915-1920s St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre
1916 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1919 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre



Pathe cylinders & discs, Moscow 1904?
Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky): Lisa's air  21870

Gramophone, Moscow 1908
Aida (Verdi): O patria mia 2-23309 7187L
Aida (Verdi): Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti with David Yuzhin 2-24023 7188L
Ugonotti (Meyerbeer): Tu l’as dit with David Yuzhin 2-24024 7190L
Elegie - Do not tempt me needlessly, romance (Glinka) with David Yuzhin 2-24025 7194L
Night was flying (Grodsky) with David Yuzhin  2-24026 7195L
Mefistofele (Meyerbeer): Lontan, lontan with David Yuzhin 2-24027 7196L
Mazeppa (Tchaikovsky): Cradle song  2-23311 7197L
Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky): Ah! I’m weary 2-23313 7200L
Gioconda (Ponchielli): 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
Aida (Verdi): Ritorna vincitor 023042 426m
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Dich, teure Halle 2-23458 7056r

Norma (Bellini): Casta diva 023045 1935c
Norma (Bellini): Ah! Bello  a me ritorna 023059 1936c
Enchantress (Tchaikovsky): To look from Nijai 023060 1977c
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Un bel di vedremo  023089 25091/2C
Oprichnik (Tchaikovsky): Little nightingale 023090 2520c
Fliegende Hollander (Wagner): Jo-ho-hoe! Traft ihr das Schiff  023110 2701c

1 comment:

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