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Xenia Alexandrovna Belmas (Russian: Ксения Александровна Бельмас; c. 23 January 1890 – 2 February 1981) was a Russian soprano, born in Tschernigow (Ukraine). She was married to conductor Alexander Kitschin. Once the doyenne of the Paris Opera Company, she was also a recording star with more than 80 records to her credit.
Born of Russian and French parents, Belmas received her first lessons in singing from her mother and older sister. At the age of 16 she was auditioned by the composer, Alexander Glazunov. She then started her training at the Kiev Conservatory, after which she made her debut at the Odessa Opera Theater, where she had her first success in the role of Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. By 1921 she was the leading singer at the Odessa Opera Theater. In this time she married a wealthy landowner which enabled her to continue her training at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow under the direction of maestro Emil Kuper.
During World War I her husband was seriously wounded and Belmas moved to St. Petersburg to nurse him. After losing her home as well as both her parents during the Russian Revolution and then also her husband during the Russian Civil War, she fled the Ukraine in late 1921 and crossed the Polish border. In Poland she married the pianist and conductor, Alexander Kitschin. They soon moved to Wiesbaden in Germany.