This collection consists of the largely handwritten sheet music of Russian soprano Nina Koshetz. Manuscripts include vocal,
full, and other scores for songs and operatic arias performed by Koshetz, by Russian composers Borodin, Glinka, Mussorgsky,
Rachmaninoff, Rimsky- Korsakov, and Tchaikovsky.
Nina Koshetz (born on Dec. 30, 1894) was a Russian soprano, recital singer, and singing instructor. Born in Kiev to parents
who were opera singers, she studied piano and composition at the Moscow Conservatory. She became interested in singing and
received voice lessons in France, touring Europe and extensively in Russia throughout the 1910s. During this time she met
and worked closely with Sergei Rachmaninoff, who dedicated a cycle of six love songs to her (Opus 38). She moved to the United
States in 1920, after the Bolshevik Revolution, appeared as a soloist with major American orchestras, and sang recitals of
Russian songs. After moving back to France for a time, she retired to Hollywood in 1940 and devoted herself to teaching (students
included Marlene Dietrich, Ann Blyth and Claudette Colbert) and took bit parts in various films. She died on May 14, 1965
in Santa Ana, California.
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