Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 6 December, 1912

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 6 December 1912, page 253:

In the afternoon there was a rehearsal of The Snow Maiden including 17A's * debut with orchestra. She was in a complete panic and sang a few wrong notes, and some of her top notes were out of tune. This was partly a result of the stupid configuration of the new hall, whereby on the stage it is practically impossible to hear the orchestra, especially in piano passages. Generally Umnenkaya** has a good voice that projects admirably from the stage, and as her appearance is radiantly graceful and really stands out from the crowd, she is well able to command the stage. When she had finished …   more >>

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 6 December 1912. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 253. accessed: 26 May, 2024

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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The Snow Maiden
written by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
performed by Lidia Umnova

Experience Information

Date/Time 6 December, 1912
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


* Lidia Umnova, singing student of Professor Aksteri at the Imperial Conservatorie. ** A pun on Lidia Umnova's name: 'Umnaya' means 'a clever woman' in Russian; the diminutive 'Umnenkaya' means 'a clever little girl'.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:26:23 +0100
Approved on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:14:13 +0100