Glikeriya Fedotova

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Glikeriya Fedotova (1846-1925)

Russian dramatic actress and singer (b. 10/22 May 1846 in Oryol; d. 27 February 1925 in Moscow), born Glikeriya Nikolayevna Pozdnyakova (Гликерия Николаевна Позднякова); known after her marriage as Glikeriya Nikolayevna Fedotova (Гликерия Николаевна Федотова).

After studying ballet at the Theatrical School in Moscow, she turned to dramatic acting with the encouragement of her tutor Ivan Samarin. At the age of 16 she made her debut on the stage of the Maly Theatre in 1862 (where she met her actor husband Aleksandr Fedotov), and remained in the company until 1905, when illness led her to concentrate on her teaching activities. Following the revolution she was awarded the title 'People's Artist of the Russian S.F.S.R.'.

In 1873, she premiered the role of Lel in Aleksandr Ostrovsky's play The Snow Maiden, with incidental music by Tchaikovsky.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

One letter from Tchaikovsky to Glikeriya Fedotova has survived, dating from 1884, and has been translated into English on this website:

One letter from Fedotova to the composer, dating from 1884, is preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.