Maria Kuznetsova

Maria Kuznetsova

Maria Nikolayevna Kuznetsova (1880 – April 25, 1966) (Russian: Мария Николаевна Кузнецова, also spelled Maria Kuznetsova-Benois, Ukrainian: Марія Нiколаевна Кузнецова), 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.

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