Litvinne, Félia

OPERA SINGER (RUSSIAN EMPIRE)
BORN 11 Oct 1860, St. Petersburg - DIED 12 Oct 1936, Paris
REAL NAME Schutz, Françoise Jeanne
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 95)

Félia Litvonne had a German father and a Canadian mother. She studied in Paris with Anne Barthe-Banderali, Pauline Viardot and Victor Maurel. In 1883 she debuted at the Théâtre-Italien as Amelia in "Simon Boccanegra" by Verdi.

Success came quickly and her international career took her to New York, Milan, Rome, Venice, London, Brussels, Moscow and her birthplace Saint Petersburg. In Paris she appeared in the premieres of two operas and a Drame lyrique by Camille Saint-Saëns. In 1915 she sang with Caruso in Monte Carlo.

She ended her opera career in 1919 but continued to give recitals until 1924. Afterwards she worked as a teacher at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau. In 1933 she published an autobiography, "Ma vie et mon art".

Related persons
• was pupil to Viardot-Garcia, Pauline

Events
20/6/1905First performance of Wagner's opera "Parsifal" by the Dutch Wagnervereeniging. It took place at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam. Cosima Wagner had protested against the performance, but the Wagnervereeninging was of the opinion that it wasn't against Richard Wagner's wish that Parsifal should only be performed in Bayreuth because it was a private performance. On 22 June a second performance followed. [Liszt, Cosima]

Images

The grave of Félia Litvinne at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2018)

 

Sources
Félia Litvinne - Wikipedia


Livry, Emma

Published: 17 Nov 2018
Last update: 22 Dec 2019