(b Kiev, 18/30 Dec 1894; d Santa Ana, CA, 14 or 15 May 1965). Ukrainian soprano. The daughter of Pavel Koshitz, a leading tenor at the Bol'shoy, she was trained in Moscow, first as a pianist, and then as a singer under Sergey Taneyev. She made her début as Tatyana in Yevgeny Onegin with the Zimin Private Opera company in 1913, and remained with the company until 1919. During this period she also toured Russia and in 1917 appeared as Tatyana at the Mariinsky, Petrograd. Other roles included Lisa in The Queen of Spades, Marina in Boris Godunov, Tosca, and Electra in Taneyev's Oresteya. In 1920 she left Russia and joined the Chicago Opera Association, singing Fata Morgana in the première of The Love for Three Oranges in 1921. She sang as a guest artist with the Russian Opera Company in New York and on tour in 1922, and in 1924 was at the Colón, Buenos Aires. The later 1920s were spent largely in France, where she sang at the Paris Opéra in 1925, and at the Trocadéro in 1927 in the first Paris production of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov's Sadko. There were further concert seasons and occasional operatic appearances in Europe and the USA; in 1940 she retired to Hollywood, where she managed a restaurant and appeared in several films. Her few recordings, prized by collectors, show a clear, steady voice excitingly combined with an imaginative, emotionally charged style.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.