Alma Aronson

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American soprano (b. 1866 in New York), born Almira Chandler, known on stage as Alma Almira Delma, and by marriage as Alma de Valencie or Alma Aronson.

She married twice, first to Camilo de Valencie in 1883, and then in 1889 to musical director Rudolph Aronson (1856–1919); both marriages were dissolved.

During the 1890s she toured in Europe, and Tchaikovsky met her on board the steamship Fürst Bismarck, on his return from New York in May 1891. Nothing is known of her later years.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

One letter from Tchaikovsky to Alma Aronson has survived, dating from 1893, and has been translated into English on this website:

4 letters from Alma Aronson to the composer, dating from 1891 to 1892, have been preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive (archival references are shown in parentheses) [1]:

  • 10/22 July 1891, from Vienna (a4, No. 111)
  • 18/30 October 1892, from New York (a4, No. 112)
  • 3/15 March 1893, from New York (a4, No. 113)
  • 27 July/8 August 1893, from New York (a4, No. 114)


Notes and References

  1. All four letters have been published (in Russian translation) in Переписка Чайковского с А. Аронсон (2003), p. 326-329.