Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 17 May, 1913

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 17 May 1913, page 408:

At home I finished off a page of score and then went to hear the exam performances of Leschetitskaya's students. Natasha Goncharova was in a desperate state of funk and sung appallingly. Tonechka Popova, black-haired and elegant, very well. I sat with Umnenkaya* and her girlfriend Natasha, a flaming redhead. Umnenkaya wanted to know where my perfume came from. 'From her,' I said, indicating the singing Popova. 'Foo, I've gone right off it now!' exclaimed 17A.

cite as

Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 17 May 1913. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 408. accessed: 28 May, 2024

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Singing exam performances performed by Antonina Popova, Natalya Goncharova

Experience Information

Date/Time 17 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 17:00:38 +0100
Approved on Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:19:10 +0100