Mariya Zubova

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For the Russian weightlifter, see Mariya Zubova (weightlifter).

Mariya Voinovna Zubova (Russian: Мария Воиновна Зубова), (1749–1799) was a Russian composer and concert singer, known for her folksongs.

She was born in Saint Petersburg, the daughter of Vice Admiral V. Ya Rimsky-Korsakov and married to A. Zubov, governor in Kursk. Zubova wrote poems and songs, of which some were published in Saint Petersburg in 1770. She was known for her performances as a singer at private concerts and described as: "The best singer in the early reign of Catherine II." As a person, she was described as an intelligent and gracious woman in the style of Marquise de Merteuil from the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos.


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