Solomia Krushelnutska as Lorelea in "Lorelea" by Alfredo Catalani
Krushelnytska as Margarita from "Faust"
Krushelnytska as Elsa from "Lohengrin"
by Richard Wagner
Krushelnytska as Amalia
from "Masquerade Ball" by Gioseppe Verdi
Solomia Krushelnytska as Tatiana from "Eugene Onegin"
Krushelnytska as Brunhilde from "The Valkyrie" by Richard Wagner
Krushelnytska as Climnestra
from "Cassandra" by Vittorio Gnecci
Krushelnytska as Leonora
Solomia Krushelnytska (1872- 1952)
Biography of Ukrainian Opera Star Solomia Krushelnytska
Solomia Kryshelnytska was born in 1872 in Ukraine. From the early childhood, she demonstraited unordinary musical telant. Her father
supported her desire to study music and vocal.
She went to study at Lviv Conservatory of Music , which she graduated in 1893 with a medal. She was invited to the Lviv Opera, where she has debut in opera "Favorite".At this time she was heard by Italian singer Jemma Belinchiane who was performing in Lviv.
She adviceed Solomiia to study in Milan. Solomiia studied with the famous teacher Fausto Crispi.One year later she was singing at the stage of the best opera theaters of Italy.
Her triumph in Italy opened the doors of opera theaters in Poland, France, Spain, Russia, Germany, Portugal, Egypt, America and other countries.
However, the singer did not rest on her achivments. She started to learn opera parties in Wagner's operas. She has reached great success in performing Wagner.
She performes in Warshaw, Vilno, Paris, Saint Petersburg, Milan, (Tatiana "Eugene Onegin, Salomea, Valkiria). The public adored her.
In January 1902, after the performance at the stage of Mariinsky Opera (Tatiana "Eugene Onegin"), critics called her the "female Chaliapin", which was the highest degree of acknowlegment.
In 1904 the success of her triumphant role of Chio-Chio-San at the stage of Grande Opera in Italy
The public seven times called "encore" the singer and the composer. After performance, the excited and grateful Puccini presented her with his portrait with inscription:"To the most beautiful and charming Butterfly". Puccini's "Madame Batterfly" wasn't a success until Solomiia Krushelnutska sang the title role.
In the seasons of 1906-1911 she performed in Argentina. She was so beloved there that she was invited to sing the national anthem of Argentina at the occassion of the country's centernial.
Solomia Krushelnytsaka lived 40 years in Italy and, after the death of her husband, the Italian lower Picconi, she returned to Lviv. Despite the difficulties withthe Soviet goverment, she started to teach vocal at the concervatory since 1944.
For the last time she performed in 1949, two years before her death. At the age of 77, she conqured the public with her voice and artistism.
She passed away in 1952.
Her name was given to the Lviv Opera and International Opera competition.