Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 11 December, 1912

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 11 December 1912, page 259:

This morning I practised Tchaikovsky, and in the afternoon went to rehearsal. On entering the hall I heard the start of the third act of The Snow Maiden. Umnova was already on stage and singing in the first ensemble. She appeared graceful, but distraught. I wished I had come earlier so that I could have helped her to calm down. 'Max, do something to make her see me.' 'Go and sit in the front row.' I went down and learned over the rail towards Tcherepnin as if to ask him something, and stayed there. Umnenkaya did see me then. She sang Lel's aria accurately, in tune, but her fright made her …   more >>

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 11 December 1912. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 259. accessed: 20 April, 2024

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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The Snow Maiden, Act 3
written by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
performed by Lidia Umnova, Students of the Imperial Conservatoire

Experience Information

Date/Time 11 December, 1912
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Thu, 09 Apr 2015 23:45:47 +0100
Approved on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:16:12 +0100