Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 21 May, 1913

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 21 May 1913, page 410:

Went to our dirty, cramped and stuffy Mayor's office to put in an application for a foreign passport. From there went to the Conservatoire in order to be there for Umnenkaya*'s exam. Her father, brother and sisters were all sitting in the hall, visibly nervous and craning their necks every time a new student appeared on the stage. When Lidochka appeared, sparkling with diamond earrings, she looked magnificent. Her singing, however, was not on a par with her appearance, although she sung the wife's aria from Sadko not at all badly. The voice is good, although nerves make her sing sharp.

cite as

Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 21 May 1913. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 410. accessed: 27 September, 2023

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Aria from 'Sadko'
written by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
performed by Lidia Umnova

Experience Information

Date/Time 21 May, 1913
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


* Lidia Umnova

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Wed, 05 Aug 2015 17:08:02 +0100
Approved on Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:19:24 +0100