She was an opera student of Giovanni Paisiello and Vicente Martín-i-Soler, and an actor student of Ivan Dmitrevsky at the theatre school of Saint Petersburg. She debuted in 1790. She was considered not only to have a wonderful operatic voice, but also to be a talented dramatic actress.
In 1791, she married at the royal chapel in the presence of the empress Catherine the Great.
In 1794–1812, she was active in Moscow, where she made a huge success in a patriotic opera during the war of 1812. She returned to Saint Petersburg in 1813.
- А. Шадрин. Шутка, или Наказанное вельможество/ Судьба таланта. Театр в дореволюционной России. Сост., вступ. ст. и коммент. Л. В. Маньковой.— М.: Правда, 1990, с.с. 19 — 64.
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