Félia 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 1936.

'I 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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