Ukrainian singer Maria Litvinenko-Wolgemuth under the heading "Desuete Names"
Maria Ivanovna Litvinenko-Wolgemut -- Soviet, Ukrainian opera singer (lyric-dramatic soprano), actress, teacher.
Maria Ivanovna had an opulent voice, smooth in all registers, with soft timbre and wide range (two and a half octaves). She had well-developed vocal technique, which made it possible to create vivid characters, marked by national identity. The Ukrainian operas Varvara (“Bogdan Khmelnitsky” by Konstantin Dankevich), Nastya and Terpilikha (“Taras Bulba” and “Natalka-Poltavka” by Mykola Lysenko), Odarka (“Zaporozhets beyond the Danube” by Semen Hulak-Artemovsky). She sang the mezzo-soprano parts in the classical repertoire. Maria Litvinenko-Wolgemuth was considered one of the best performers of roles in the operas by Richard Wagner; she was the first in the USSR to sing the part of Turandot in the opera of the same name by Giacomo Puccini. In total, Maria Ivanovna performed more than 70 opera parts. She also performed as a chamber singer.
During the Great Patriotic War, she went to the Southwestern Front, where she sang for the frontline troops and in front of the wounded in action in hospitals. She toured in many Ukrainian cities, the Urals, Siberia, the Caucasus, and the Crimea. She performed abroad -- in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin and Munich. In peacetime, she performed at plants and factories, in recreation centers. She made a huge contribution to the Ukrainian opera popularization. Author of many articles about music, memoirs about her life and the life of her contemporaries.
For the 130th birth anniversary of the singer, the museum Sound Library presents musical selection with the singer's charming voice performing opera parts and Ukrainian folk songs.