Litvinne (soprano) was born in St. Petersburg in 1860 of
German and Canadian parents. After study in Paris her debut
in 1883 was as Amelia in Simon Boccanegra (Verdi)
with the Theatre Italien company. Her voice was suited to
the larger rather than coloratura roles, and she appeared as
Brunnhilde in Die Walkure, Siegfried and
Götterdämmerung (Wagner) (in French and
Russian as well as in the original German), as Isolde in
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) and in Aida
(Verdi) and L'Africaine (Meyerbeer). She died in
SACRI NOMI' (Aida) (Verdi)
Historic Masters HMB10 (modern vinyl pressing of Fonotipia
39217), recorded Paris, 1905
Benefiting from the reduced surface noise of the vinyl
pressing this recording from the Italian Fonotipia label -
remarkably good for its age - shows her clear and dramatic
voice off well (and the limitations of the piano).
Transferred at 80rpm as indicated on the label, and digitally noise reduced (see the note on the introduction page).
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