Maria Litvinenko-Volgemut

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Maria Litvinenko-Volgemut
Maria Ivanivna Litvinenko

(1892-02-13)February 13, 1892
DiedApril 3, 1966(1966-04-03) (aged 74)
Resting placeBaikove Cemetery[1]
Political partyCommunist Party of the Soviet Union (since 1944)[2]
SpouseH. Volgemut[1]

Maria Ivanivna Litvinenko-Volgemut (Ukrainian: Марія Іванівна Литвиненко-Вольгемут; 13 February 1892  – 3 April 1966) was a Ukrainian opera singer and music teacher.[3][1] She was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1936 and awarded the Stalin Prize in 1946.[2]


Maria Litvinenko-Volgemut in 1912.
Commemorative plaque of Maria Litvinenko-Volgemut.
Grave of Maria Litvinenko-Volgemut.

Maria Litvinenko was born in Kiev, then part of the Russian Empire, on 13 February 1892,[3] in the family of a worker of the Arsenal Factory.[2]

From the age of seven she sang in the church choir, where she learnt solfeggio.[1]

In 1912, she graduated from the Kiev School of Music of the Russian Musical Society (vocal class of M. Alekseeva-Yunevich).[3][2]

In 1912–1914, she performed at the M. Sadovsky Theater in Kiev.[3][1]

In 1914–1916, she performed at the Theater of Musical Drama [ru] in Petrograd (present-day Saint Petersburg).[3][1]

In 1919, she was part of the first opera theater in Kiev, the Musical Drama (Kiev) [uk], with Les Kurbas and Anatol Petrytsky.[3][1]

In 1920-1922 she was a soloist of a troupe organized by her, the "First Labor Cooperative of Ukrainian Artists" in Vinnytsia.[3][1]

In 1923–1935, she was a soloist of the Ukrainian State Capital Opera (now the Kharkiv State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Mykola Lysenko).[1]

In 1935-1953 she was a soloist of the National Opera of Ukraine. During the World War II they were evacuated to Ufa (1941-1942) and then to Irkutsk (1942-1944). During this period, she performed for the Red Army.[1]

In 1944-1964 she taught at the Kiev Conservatory.[1]

Maria Ivanovna Litvinenko-Volgemut died on 3 April 1966 in Kiev and buried in the Baikove Cemetery.[1]



 This article incorporates text from a free content work. Licensed under CC-by-sa 3.0. Text taken from Encyclopedia of History of Ukraine​, НЕМКОВИЧ Олена Миколаївна, Institute of History of Ukraine.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n НЕМКОВИЧ Олена Миколаївна (2009). ЛИТВИНЕНКО-ВОЛЬГЕМУТ МАРІЯ ІВАНІВНА. Encyclopedia of History of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Institute of History of Ukraine. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Litvinenko-Vol'gemut, Mariia Ivanovna". The Great Soviet Encyclopedia. 1979.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Швачко, Т. О. (2016). Литвиненко-Вольгемут Марія Іванівна. Encyclopedia of Modern Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  4. ^ Frolova-Walker, Marina (2016). Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and Politics. Yale University Press.

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