Aleksandra Aleksandrova-Kochetova

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Aleksandra Aleksandrova-Kochetova (1833-1902)

Russian soprano and teacher (b. 13/25 October 1833 in Saint Petersburg; d. 4/17 November 1902 in Moscow), born Aleksandra Dormidontovna Kochetova (Александра Дормидонтовна Кочетова); known after her marriage as Aleksandra Dormidontovna Aleksandrova-Kochetova (Александра Дормидонтовна Александрова-Кочетова).

From 1866 to 1878 Aleksandra was an artist at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and was a fellow professor with Tchaikovsky at the Moscow Conservatory (1866–1880). She became one of the first performers of the composer's works.


In 1869, Tchaikovsky dedicated his song Bitterly and Sweetly — No. 3 of the Six Romances, Op. 6 — "to Aleksandra Dorimedontovna Kochetova".

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

One letter from Tchaikovsky to Aleksandra Aleksandrova-Kochetova has survived, dating from 1886, and has been translated into English on this website:

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