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Name: L.J.Lipkovskaja
Additional information: Lydia Jakovlevna Lipkovskaja, soprano, born in Bessarabia at Babino on 6 June 1882, was also known abroad as Lipkowska, although she was born Marshner. She was a student of Professor Ireckaja, who taught a large number of singers at the St Petersburg Conservatory. She joined the Mariinsky Theatre, where she sang from 1906 to 1908 and again from 1911 to 1913. In the summer of 1909 she appeared in Paris, first at the Opera-Comique as Lakme, Manon, Violetta, Mimi and Rosina and at the Opera as Juliette. In November of the same year, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, with Caruso and Amato, in Traviata and on Christmas day she sang Gilda to Amatos Rigoletto and Bonds Duke. Next season, Smirmov joined her and Amato for Rigoletto on 30 December 1910. Earlier that month she had made her debut at the Chicago Opera as Lucia di Lammermoor, with Florencio Constantino, Sammarco and De Angelis, followed by a Gilda with John McCormack and Sammarco. She also sang in Boston, but none of the American companies kept her occupied for long. The summer of 1911 found her singing Mimi, Susanna (II segreto di Susanna), Gilda and Violetta at Covent Garden.
After returning to the Paris Opera in 1913 to sing Gilda and Ophelie, she took part, a year later, in the first performance of Ponchiellis littleknown I Mori di Valenza at the Monte Carlo Opera, with Martinelli and Baklanov. On her return to St Petersburg, she sang at the Theatre of Musical Drama, a very active private opera company which included singers fresh from the Conservatory and a few established professionals like Lipkowska and Sobinov. Among the other roles she sang in St Petersburg were those of Marfa in The Tsars Bride, the Snow Maiden, Olga in Ivan the Terrible, all by Rimsky-Korsakov, and Tchaikovskys Tatiana (Onegin) and Iolanta. A long concert tour in the Far East took her to Shanghai, the Philippines and Australia before returning to Paris. Mme Lipkowska was gifted with a beautiful voice, an attractive presence and more than ordinary qualities as an actress. After spending a brief period at the Rachmaninov Conservatory in Paris, she continued teaching in Bucharest before settling in Beirut, where she was living and giving lessons at the time of her death in 1955. Among her pupils in Bucharest was the gifted Romanian soprano, Virginia Zeam.

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Added by: bernikov | 08.04.2007 14:52 | Last updated by:  bernikov | 30.11.2018 18:43
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