A Musical Note
Article for the journal Russian Register (1873).
A MUSICAL NOTE
On Monday, the 30th of April, a young singer, Mme Kadmina , made a most successful début in front of a packed audience at the Bolshoi Theatre, where she appeared in the scene by the monastery gate from Glinka's opera A Life for the Tsar. Although Mme Kadmina may not have surpassed all the other performers of the part of Vania in terms of the quality and strength of her voice, it is certainly the case that, as far as her profound artistic perception of even the smallest details which make up this role's scenic and musical profile is concerned, she has left all her predecessors far behind her. When watching the masterly acting of this young singer and listening to her deeply felt singing, it was quite impossible to believe that this was an artist who was making her first appearance on the stage of a public theatre. Indeed, only in the insufficient restraint and fiery impulsiveness of her interpretation could one discern a certain lack of experience and that she is as yet unaccustomed to curb the ardour of her inspiration.
Fortunately, these defects merely serve to strengthen our faith in Mme Kadmina's remarkable talent. Time and experience will no doubt smooth over these blemishes and give her interpretations that calm, artistic objectivity which distinguishes the greatest artists of the stage.
Mme Kadmina has a pure mezzo-soprano voice of a most agreeable and warm timbre – a voice that has, moreover, been trained very well and does great credit to the excellent method used by her teacher Mme Aleksandrova. If in addition to this we note that the débutante has strikingly good looks (which is a great advantage for any sort of stage activity), then it is understandable why the audience could not but respond enthusiastically to her first appearance on the stage. Mme Kadmina was rewarded with unanimous stormy applause.Very soon Mme Kadmina will make a second début as Azucena in Verdi's Il Trovatore, and after that it is said that she will perform the role of the shepherd Lel' in A. N. Ostrovsky's new play The Snow Maiden, for which rehearsals are already under way at the Bolshoi Theatre .
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