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
, 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
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......