(b Bilyavyntsi, Halychyna [now Tarnopol’] province, 11/23 Sept 1872; d L᾽viv, 16 Nov 1952). Ukrainian soprano, later naturalized Italian. She studied with Valery Wysocki in Lemberg (now L᾽viv) and made her début there in 1893, then appeared at Kraków. In 1895 she continued her studies at Milan with Fausta Crespi and during the 1895–6 season at Cremona she appeared in Giacomo Puccini's Manon Lescaut and in Les Huguenots. Until 1902 she sang mostly in Odessa, Warsaw and St Petersburg, but a brilliant début at the S Carlo, Naples, in 1903 inaugurated her career in the leading theatres of Italy (La Scala in 1906–7, 1909 and 1915), Spain, Buenos Aires and Uruguay (1906–1913). At La Scala in 1907 she created the title role in Francesco Cilea's Gloria in a performance conducted by Arturo Toscanini. She became Italian by marriage in 1910 and retired from the stage in the early 1920s, continuing her concert career until 1929.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.