Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

May 31, 2015

Hélène Sadoven (Mezzo-Soprano) (Finland 1894 - Paris ?)

She studied and debuted during the First World War in Russia. In 1917 she left Russia and came over Finland to Paris. Here she guested several times at the Grand Opéra and at the Opéra Comique. Thus she sang in 1922 at the Grand Opéra in G. Verdi's ''Aida'' as a partner of Claudia Muzio. On 3. 6. 1922 she appeared there in the premiere of I. Strawinsky's ''Mavra''. In 1923 she was to be heard at the Grand Opéra in ''Boris Godunov'' and ''Hérodiade''. In 1924 she sang there the part of Dalila in ''Samson et Dalila'' of C. Saint-Saëns. Often she made guest appearances at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona. When in 1927 in Paris was founded the Opéra Russe, she joined to the ensemble. As a member of the Opéra Russe she guested at La Scala, London, Holland and South America. In 1926 she made guest performance at the Opera in Cairo. In 1928 she performed in Vienna and Berlin, the next year she sang in Madrid. In 1931 she appearedat the London Lyceum Theatre in the English premières of the operas ''The Czar's bride'' and ''Sadko'' of N. Rimsky-Korssakov. In 1938 she was to be found at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels

Chronology of some appearances

1922 Paris Grand Opéra
1923 Paris Grand Opéra
1924 Paris Grand Opéra
1926 Cairo Opera
1928 Vienna Opera
1928 Berlin Opera
1931 London Lyceum Theatre


HMV, Paris 1924-10-02
Werther (Massenet): Oui, c'est moi with Ansseau DB783 2-034034
Werther (Massenet): N'achevez pas with Ansseau DB783 2-034035

HMV, Paris 1924-10-03
Carmen (Bizet): C'est toi! C'est moi! with Fernand Ansseau DB784 2-034036
Carmen (Bizet): Mais moi, Carmen, je t'aime encore with Fernand Ansseau DB784 2-034037

HMV, Paris 1931-03-31
Lustige Witwe (Lehár): Vilia EK126 30-7463

HMV, Paris 1931-04-01
Boris Godounov (Moussorgsky): Fountain duet with Nagachevsky EK94 30-6472

HMV, Paris 1931-04-07
Darling girl (Dargomyzhsky) EK106 30-6497
Vanka tanka (Dargomyszky) with Kaidanoff EK106 30-6498


  1. Thank you for the article. Her father worked at Kyiv (Kiev) University from 1889 to the last day of his life and was burried in Kyiv in 1918. For one year he was a Rector.(Садовень_Олексій_Андрійович)
    All childhood Olena (Elena, Helena) spent in Ukraine,then in Russian Empire. In 1912-17 she studied singing in St. Petersburg and worked in opera theaters in Moscow, St Petesburg, after the Russian Revolution she came back home and worked in Ukraine during UNR (The Ukrainian People's Republic or Ukrainian National Republic) in Ukrainian cities: Odesa (1918-19) and Kyiv (1919-20). When Russian Red Army began to catch Ukraine, only then she left Kyiv.It was 1920. She died in 1978 in Paris.

  2. Appearences at Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona: Boris Godunov (Nov 20, 1924), Hérodiade (Dec 20, 1924) Kashchey the Deathless (Dec 30, 1924). You can see