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Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì

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La Bohème


Giacomo Antonio Puccini




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Previous scene: Che gelida manina
Next scene: O soave fanciulla

Maria Kuznetsova, "Sì, mi chiamano Mimì", Puccini: La Bohème (Pathé, 1917)

Singer(s): Lydia Lipkowska Antonina Nezhdanova Mary Garden

Maria Kuznetsova (1880-1966), a Russian soprano who was greatly admired in her day for her extraordinary beauty and stage presence, is featured here in "Sì, mi chiamano Mimì" from Act 1 of Puccini's La Bohème, recorded in 1917 for Pathé.

The following biographical profile comes from subito-cantabile ("In France, known as Kousnetzova or Kouznetzoff (in England, as Kousnezova or Kousnietzoff) ; this soprano was born in Odessa. Her father was a distinguised portrat painter. She first went into ballet at St. Petersburg, but then she studied singing with baritone Joakim Tartakov and made her debut as Marguerite at the Mariinsky Theatre where she sang until 1913. Among the premieres in which she took part was Rimsky-Korsakov's The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh. She also sang Aida and Norma, and she created Cléopâtre (Massenet). Her repertory ranged from Salome, Aida, Norma and Elsa to the lighter roles (Juliette, Mimì). She fled from the Revolution to Sweden, disguised as a cabin-boy and hidden in a trunk. Maria Kuznetsova was the first Russian singer after Chaliapin to attach as much importance to acting as to singing. She made her debut as Cléopâtre at the Chicago Opera but Mary Garden reigned at this opera house. There was no room for both singers. Kuznetsova was never invited again. Paris became her second artistic home where she continued her career with great success. She gave recitals of Russian music, in which she frequently both sang and danced! Together with Mikhail Karakash and Benoit she organized an opera company with the name "Opéra Russe," a chance for many emigrated Russian singers to appear on stage. They gave performances at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Milan and at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Maria Kuznetsova was the most celebrated Russian soprano of her day.

There is a number of outstanding Russian sopranos at the turn from the 19th to 20th century: Natalija Ermolenko-Yuzhina, Medea Mei-Figner, Maria Michailova, Antonina Nezhdanova, Eugenia Bronskaya, Lydia Lipkowska, Marianna Tcherkasskaya, Maria Kuznetsova and ...

As with Mary Garden , Kuznetsova's stage presence and reputation as an actress (she was a beauty as you can see) have tended to obscure the fact that she was also a very fine singer. She made 36 recordings (?).

Hers is a lyric-dramatic soprano of pure quality. It is not a very large voice but there is a clean attack and she sings high tones with brilliance. You will notice a rapid but narrow vibrato (Taras Bulba) which helped her to sing above a big orchestra (she was a celebrated Salome!). I admire her subtle coloring and eloquent phrasing."

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È un po' titubante, poi si decide a parlare; sempre seduta
Mi chiamano Mimì,
ma il mio nome è Lucia.
La storia mia
è breve. A tela o a seta
ricamo in casa e fuori...
Son tranquilla e lieta
ed è mio svago
far gigli e rose.
Mi piaccion quelle cose
che han sì dolce malìa,
che parlano d'amor, di primavere,
di sogni e di chimere,
quelle cose che han nome poesia...
Lei m'intende?


Mi chiamano Mimì,
il perché non so.
Sola, mi fo
il pranzo da me stessa.
Non vado sempre a messa,
ma prego assai il Signore.
Vivo sola, soletta
là in una bianca cameretta:
guardo sui tetti e in cielo;
ma quando vien lo sgelo
il primo sole è mio
il primo bacio dell'aprile è mio!
Germoglia in un vaso una rosa...
Foglia a foglia la spio!
Cosi gentile
il profumo d'un fiore!
Ma i fior ch'io faccio, ahimè! non hanno odore.
Altro di me non le saprei narrare.
Sono la sua vicina
che la vien fuori d'ora a importunare.

English Libretto or Translation:

They call me Mimi,
but my real name's Lucia.
My story is brief.
I embroider silk and satin
at home or outside.
I'm tranquil and happy,
and my pastime
is making lilies and roses.
I love all things
that have gentle magic,
that talk of love, of spring,
that talk of dreams and fancies -
the things called poetry ...
Do you understand me?


They call me Mimi –
I don't know why.
I live all by myself
and I eat all alone.
I don't often go to church,
but I like to pray.
I stay all alone
In my tiny white room,
I look at the roofs and the sky.
But when spring comes
the sun's first rays are mine.
April's first kiss is mine, is mine!
The sun's first rays are mine!
A rose blossoms in my vase,
I breathe its perfume, petal by petal.
So sweet is the flower's perfume.
But the flowers I make, alas,
The flowers I make, alas,
alas, have no scent.
What else can I say?
I'm your neighbour, disturbing you
at this impossible hour.

Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

G. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Arias for SopranoG. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Diction Coach Arias for SopranoOperatic Anthology: SopranoAnthology of Italian Opera: SopranoCantolopera: Arias for Lyric Soprano