Yelizaveta Belogradskaya

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Yelizaveta Osipovna Belogradskaya (1739 — ca. 1764 [?]) was a Russian Imperial Court opera singer and composer for keyboard.

She was born in St. Petersburg in 1739, the daughter of Osip Bilohradsky, a court singer and choral conductor, and niece of Timofiy Bilohradsky, the court lute player. She was a kammermädchen at the court[1] of the Empress Elizaveta Petrovna.

In 1753 she performed the part of Procris in Francesco Araja's opera Cephalus and Procris, which was the first opera set in Russian,[2] with the text by Aleksandr Sumarokov. She sang in G.P. Raupach's "The Refuge of Virtue" and "Alcesta". She appeared at court concerts and festivities as a singer and harpsichord player. Extant are her "Variations on a theme by Starzer" for keyboard. She died around 1764 and was interred at the Alexander Nevsky Lavra.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, encspb.ru; accessed 11 December 2014. (in Russian)
  2. ^ Cephalus and Procris profile; accessed 11 December 2014. (in Russian)

Source (in Russian)[edit]

  • Светлов С. Ф. Русская опера в XVIII столетии // Ежегодник императорских театров. Сезон 1897/1898 гг. СПб., 1899. Прил. Кн. 2. С. 94.