Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Mar 8, 2016

Avrelia-Cecilia Dobrovolskaya (Soprano) (Kiev, Ukraine 22.11 (4. 12).1881 - Kirov, Russia 3. 12. 1942)

From 1908 to 1909 and in 1913 she studied singing in Paris under Mathilde Marchesi, then perfected her vocal in Milano with P. Vidal. She made her debut in 1902 at the Private Opera House of Solodovnikov in Moscow as Tatiana in P. Tchaikovsky’s ‘’Eugene  Onegin’’. She made guest appearances in Nizhny Novgorod (1904, 1907), Ostashkov (1907), St. Petersburg (1906), Kazan (1909), Kharkov (1910, 1922), Paris, London (1914), Baku (1922) and Odessa (1923-1924). In 1903 she created for Moscow the part of Sophie in the premiere of J. Massenet’s opera ‘’Werther’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1902 Moscow Private Opera House of Solodovnikov
1903 Moscow Theater Akvarium
1904 St. Petersburg Theater Hermitage
1905 St. Ptersburg Mariinsky Theater
1906 St. Petersburg New Theater
1907 St. Ptersburg New Summer Theater
1907-1910 Moscow S. Zimin’s Opera Theater
1910-1919 Moscow Bolshoi Theater


Zonophone, Moscow 1908
Rigoletto (Verdi): E il sol dell’anima with Karenzin as Ivanov X-64244
Traviata (Verdi): Brindisi with Karenzin as Ivanov & chorus X-64246
Nero (Rubinstein): Cradle song as Volskaya, with Ratmirova X-64443

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