Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 23, 2011

Eugenia Bronskaja (Bronskaya) (Soprano) (St. Petersburg 1882- St. Petersburg 1952)


She studied first with her mother in St. Petersburg, who had been a known singer under the name Mme E. de Hacké. Later she studied with famous polish soprano Teresa Arkel in Milan. She made her opera debut in Hall of Merchant assembly, St. Petersburg (17 oct., 1900). In 1901 Bronskaja appeared in Opera theatre ‘’Arkadia’’, St. Petersburg. In the 1901-1902 season she appeared in Tbilis Opera, then she sang in Opera Theatre ‘’Aquarium’’, St. Petersburg. In 1902 she sang in Moscow Opera Theatre ‘’Aquarium’’. In the 1902-1903 season she appeared in opera theatres of Kiev, Odessa, 1904-1905 in Opera Theatre of Solodovnikov. In the same time she gusted in Kharkov, Odessa. 1906-1907 she sang at the National House of St. Petersburg. In 1905 she appeared in France, Theatre ‘’Olimpia’’ (1906/7), Milan, La Scala (1907), Teatro La Felice, Venice, where she performed Tatyana in the Venice première of Tchaikovsky’s ‘’Eugene Onegin’’ with his husband, opera singer Georgi Makarov. In Italy she also appeared at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome (1908, as Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’).Then she appeared in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia (here she sang with Enrico Caruso). She returned to Italy and sang in Parma, Trieste, Bologna, Verona, Florence. From 1910 to 1923 Bronskaja was a soloist at the Mariinski Theatre, St. Petersburg, where she debuted as Violetta in ‘’La Traviata’’. She also appeared at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, it was in 1911-1912. From 1923 to 1950 she taught at the Leningrad Conservatory. She possessed protruding beauty, an equal voice in all registers of a pleasant ‘’silver’’ timbre and the extensive range, a clear and distinct coloratura.

Chronology of some appearances

1905  France Olimpia Theatre
1907  Milan La Scala
1907 Venice Teatro La Fenice
1908  Rome Costanzi
1909  Boston  Opera House
1910  Chicago  Auditorium
1910  Pittsburgh  Nixon Theatre
1910  St. Louis  Odeon Theatre



Columbia, New York 1910-04-11
Rigoletto (Verdi): Bella figlia dell'amore with Florencio Constantino, Ramon Blanchart,  Bettina Freeman H1029 30422
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini):  Una voce poco fa H1036 30427
Romeo et Juliette (Gounod):  Nella calma H1038 30428
Traviata (Verdi):  Parigi, o cara with with Florencio Constantino H1023 30429

Columbia, New York 1910-04-15
Rigoletto (Verdi): Tutte le feste with Ramon Blanchart A5183 30436
Rigoletto (Verdi): Figlia, mio padre with Ramon Blanchart A5180 30442
Rigoletto (Verdi): Veglia, o donna with Ramon Blanchart A5180 30453
Mignon (Thomas):  Io son Titania H1039 30434
Rigoletto (Verdi):  E’ il sol dell'anima with with Florencio Constantino H1025 30435
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti):  Verranno a te with Florencio Constantino H1024 30439
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti):  Chi mi frena with Florencio Constantino, Luigi Cilla, Ramon Blanchart,  Bettina Freeman and Jose Mardones  H1020  30443
Boheme (Puccini): O soave fanciulla with Florencio Constantino H1028 30444
Faust (Gounod):  Dammi ancor with Florencio Constantino H1024 30445
Dinorah (Meyerbeer):  Ombra leggiera H1039 30446
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti):  Regnava nel silenzio H1038 30447
Traviata (Verdi): Ah! Forse, lui H1040 30448
Traviata (Verdi): Sempre libera H1040 30455

Columbia, New York 1910-04-21
Rigoletto (Verdi):  Caro nome H1037 30454
Traviata (Verdi):  Un di, felice with with Florencio Constantino H1023 30460
Ave Maria (Gounod) H1037 30472

Gramophone, St Petersburg? 1914-01-18
Huguenots (Meyerbeer):  Tu m'as compris, adieu! with Lev Sibiryakov 024098 285af

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