Nataliya Yermolenko-Yuzhina


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(b Kiev, 1881; d after 1924). Russian soprano. She studied in Kiev and Paris and made her début under the name of Yermolenko as Lisa in The Queen of Spades at Kiev in 1900. She went to St Petersburg in 1901 and to the Bol'shoy in 1905. There she met the tenor David Yuzhin, whom she married, adding his name to her own professional name. For two seasons both singers joined Sergey Zimin's Private Opera in Moscow. Yermolenko was also among the most admired members of the distinguished company from Russia that performed in Paris in 1908, introducing Boris Godunov to the West. From 1915 to 1917 she was with the Mariinsky Theatre opera company, and in 1924 emigrated to Paris, where all traces of her appear to have been lost. She was considered the leading Russian lyric-dramatic soprano of her time, with a repertory that included Brünnhilde, Norma, Violetta and Carmen as well as many Russian operas; among these, one of her greatest successes was in A.N. Serov's Judith. Her rare recordings show clearly the impressive volume and quality of her voice and the authority of her style and technique.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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