Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 17 December, 1912

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 17 December 1912, page 266:

Waiting in the wings just before the start of The Snow Maiden, I found Umnenkaya already in her position for the 'Khorovod'. She was nervous and smiled guiltily. I spoke a few words to her, shook her hand and then left, as the action was about to begin. N. P. Ruszky had a seat for me next to his in the third row. He questioned me about the cast, particularly about Umnova, of whom he had heard from somewhere. She sang sharp in her first stanza, but the second and third were absolutely fine. Her success was great, and she could have sung an encore, which would have made it even better. …   more >>

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 17 December 1912. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 266. accessed: 15 June, 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 Feinberg, Lidia Umnova

Experience Information

Date/Time 17 December, 1912
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Second Golden Jubilee concert (operas).

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:38:25 +0100
Approved on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 09:59:28 +0100