Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 13, 2015

Nina Friede (Mezzo-Soprano) (St. Petersburg 1859 - St. Petersburg 1942)

First she studied singing at the St. Petersburg conservatory under Natalya Iretskaya, then with Mathilde Marchesi in Vienna (1880-1881) and Gilbert-Louis Duprez in Paris (1881-1882). She made her debut with great success as Pieretto in G. Donizetti’s ‘’Linda di Chamounix’’ at the TeatroNicolini in Florence (October 18, 1882). In the 1882-1883 season she appeared at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona, then in Vienna. Then she returned to Italy and perfected her vocal technique under the pedagogue Buzzi in Milan, then with G. Ronconi in Madrid. In 1883 she again appeared in Florence, this time at the Teatro Nuovo, but the same year she returned to Russia. In the 1883-1884 season mostly she sang in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In 1884 she made her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre as Amneris in ‘’Aida’’ (St. Petersburg) and sang here till 1891, then in the 1895-1903 seasons and in 1914. In 1884 she made guest appearances in MadridBarcelona andLisbon. In 1891 in Warsaw. In 1898 she made her debut at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre. In 1903 she made 4 recordings for Columbia.

Chronology of some appearances

1882 Florence Teatro Nicolini
1882 Barcelona Teatro Liceo
1883 Barcelona Teatro Liceo
1883 Florence Teatro Nuovo
1884 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre
1898 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre


Columbia, St Petersburg 1903?
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Air of the page  35088
Jocelyn (Godard): Berceuse 35096

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