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Maria Nikolayevna Kuznetsova (1880April 25, 1966) (, ), was a famous 20th century Russian opera singer and dancer.

Prior to the Revolution, Kuznetsova was one of the most celebrated opera singers in Imperial Russia, having worked with Richard Strauss, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Jules Massenet. She was frequently paired with Feodor Chaliapin. After leaving Russia in 1917, Kuznetsova continued to perform for another thirty years abroad before retiring.Grove, George and Blom, Eric. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 879. St. Martin's Press, 1955.


Kuznetsova was born in 1880, in Odessa, Ukraine, the daughter of portraitist Nikolai Kuznetsov.Salmina-Haskell, Larissa. Russian Paintings and Drawings in the Ashmolean Museum, Pages 23-24. Published by Ashmolean Museum, 1989 Kuznetsova's mother was descended from a distinguished family of scientists and intellectuals of Romanian and Russo-Jewish descent.Shrayer, Maxim. An Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature, Vol I M.E. Sharpe, Inc.: Armonk, NY, 2007

Her maternal grandmother, Emilia (Nevakhovich) Metchnikoff, was the daughter of Lev Nevakhovich (1776-1831), a Russo-Jewish author, translator, and founder of the Haskalah movement in Russia.Lederhendler, Eli. The Road to Modern Jewish Politics Oxford University Press: New York, 1989Shrayer, Maxim. An Anthology of......
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