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Maria Michailova (Mikhailova) (Soprano) (Kharkov 1864 – Perm 1943)
Her mother's surname was van Puteren and her mother was of Dutch ancestry. Three years she studied in St. Petersburg with Z. P. Grenning-Vilde, then approximately four years she studied in Milan with S. Ronconi and in Paris with Saint-Yves-Bax and De-Laborde. From 1892 to 1912 she was a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg where she made her debut as Margherita in ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’ of Meyerbeer. During of her career she also performed in Orel, Tambov, Odessa, at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre (1902), Vladivostok (1903), Kharkov, in the cities of Sibir (1909). She made guest appearances in Prague (1903), Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Austria and Japan. She possessed flexible, easy, well processed voice of a ''silvery'' timbre and a wide range, she also owned a coloratura and had attractive stage appearance. Chronology of appearance 1892-1912 St. Petersburg Mariinksy Theatre 1902 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre 1903 Vladivostok Opera House