Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 8, 2013

Eugenia Zbruyeva (Mezzo-Soprano) (Moscow 1868 – Moscow 1936)


She studied singing at the Moscow Conservatory and in 1894 made her debut at the Bolshoi Theatre as Vanya in Glinka's ‘’Life for the Tsar’’. She sang Anne Boleyn in Saint- Saens' ‘’Henri VIII’’, Carmen, Lei (‘’The Snow Maiden’’) , Ratmir (‘’Ruslan and Ljudmila’’), Konchakovna (‘’Prince Igor’’) and Marfa in ‘’Khovanshchina’’. She first assumed this role at the Mariinsky Theatre where she sang from 1905 to 1917. In June, 1913, during one of the seasons organized by Diaghilev, she sang Marfa in some of the first Parisian performances of ‘’Khovanshchina’’ with Chaliapin. In 1910, Zbrueva sang Erda at guest performances of ‘’Das Rheingold’’ and ‘’Siegfried’’ in Munich, and concertized widely in Russia. In 1915, she was appointed professor of singing at the Petrograd Conservatory.

Chronology of appearance

1894 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre Life for the Tsar (Vanya)
1905-1917 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre 


G&T, St. Petersburg 1903
Life for the Tsar (Glinka): My poor horse fell in the field 023006 100½y
The Snow Maiden (Rimsky-Korsakov): Clouds plotted with thunder 023009 101y
Dream on the Volga (Arensky): Cradle song 023010 102y
Faust (Gounod): Versez vos chagrins 023011 104y
By the blue sea (Sokolovsky) 023012 105y

Gramophone, St. Petersburg  1905
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Did you hear with Maria Michailova 24382 2817L

Gramophone, St. Petersburg 1907
Ruslan and Ljudmila (Glinka): And blazing heat 023020 305s
Ruslan and Ljudmila (Glinka): The wondrous dream of love 023021 306s
Der Erlkonig (Schubert) 023022 308s

Gramophone, St. Petersburg 1907
Ruslan and Ljudmila (Glinka): She is my life 2-23173 2849r
The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky): Dear friends 2-23174  2863r

Gramophone, St. Petersburg  1908
Carmen (Bizet): C'est toi? C'est moi!   with Alexander Davidov 024025 316m

Gramophone, St. Petersburg 1909

The evening's golden clounds, Romance (Dargomyzhsky) with Alexander Davidov and Vladimir Kastorsky 024034 420s

Gramophone, St. Petersburg  11-1909
Doubt. - Be still, my fears, with 'cello: R. O. Von Beke, and piano (Glinka) 023043 433s

Gramophone, St. Petersburg 16-9-1910
Rusalka (Dargomyzhsky): Hark! the trumpets are sounding ... Days of past enjoyment 023064 2027c

Gramophone, St. Petersburg 23-9-1911
Prince Igor (Borodin): Now the daylight dies 023091 2431c
Nero (Rubinstein): Zulima's Bacchic song  023084 2448c

Gramophone, St. Petersburg  2-10-1911
Carmen (Bizet): C'est toi! c'est moi!...Mais moi, Carmen, je t'aime encore with Eugene Vitting 024052/024053, 2455c/2456c   

Gramophone, St. Petersburg  14-11-1913
Life for the Tsar (Glinka): Light the fires! . Saddle your horses! 023141 2911c

Gramophone, St. Petersburg  18-11-1913
Life for the Tsar (Glinka): My poor horse fell... Open up! 023142 2921c

Gramophone, St. Petersburg  25-11-1913
Chant hindou  (Bemberg) 023130 2937½c

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