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Soprano Mignon [Mathilde Marie] Nevada (Paris: 14 Aug 1886 - 25 Jun 1971), daughter of American soprano, Emma Nevada. Her godparents were the composer Ambroise Thomas, and teacher, Mathilde Marchesi. Trained by her mother, she made her debut (1907) at the Teatro Costanzi as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She sang throughout Italy (including La Scala), Portugal (Lisbon: San Carlos), Brussels, and Covent Garden (debut: 3 Oct 1910: Ophelia). One private recording is known to exist of her voice, where she is introduced by her mother and sings a Thomas song. Maria Nezadal (21 Feb 1897 - ?) as Elsa in Lohengrin. Debut (1924) in Olomouc. Appeared at Vienna Volksoper, Bern, Munich State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden, Amsterdam, Basel, Prague, Brno, Bratislava, Bayreuth Festivals. After 1933 she was rarely able, for political reasons, to appear in Germany. She was married (1935?) to conductor/composer Clemens Franckenstein (1897 - 1942). Antonina Nezhdanova studied with Sophia Rubinstein and with Masetti at the Moscow Conservatory. She made her debut (1902) in Moscow as Antonida in Glinka's A Life for the Tsar. She had a brilliant thirty-year career at the Bolshoi Theatre. Her first-rate coloratura singing was clean and precise, with brilliant trills. She seldom traveled outside of Russia but in 1912 she appeared with Caruso and Ruffo at the Paris Opéra in Rigoletto. After 1936 she taught singing in Moscow and later accepted a professorship at the conservatory there.    
Minnie Nast (1874-1956): German soprano. She made her debut in Aachen (1897). Then to the Dresdeon Royal Opera where she remained until the end of her career in 1919. She created the role of Sophie in the world premiere (1911) of Der Rosenkavalier. After she retired she lived and taught in Dresden. She was forced to leave that city in 1945 when her home was destroyed during an air raid. Austrian tenor Franz Navál [real name Pogacnik] (20 Oct 1865- 9 Aug 1939) as Roméo. Originally Franz Pogacnik, he studied with A. Nedred and Joseph Gänsbacher. He made his debut (1888) in Frankfurt as Lionel in Martha. He stayed for several years in Frankfurt before being engaged at the Imperial Opera in Berlin (1895-98). There he was frequently paired with Geraldine Farrar. He sailed to the U.S. in 1904 where he appeared for one season at the Metropolitan Opera. He appeared in the major tenor roles in Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Dame Blanche, L'Elisir d'Amore, Faust, La Traviata, and Roméo et Juliette. He retired in Vienna where he taught singing. Emmy Neiendorff as Waltraute. Francesco Navarini (1855 - 23 Feb 1923): Italian bass. Debut (1878) in Treviso in Lucrezia Borgia. Guest appearances in Moscow, Odessa, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, London, Seville, Venice, Trieste, Florence, Malta, Turin, Teatro São Carlos, La Scala, Teatro Costanzi. Sang Ludovico in the world premiere of Otello. He had a beautiful bass voice.
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