Petliash-Barilotti, Olena

Petliash-Barilotti, Olena [Петляш-Барліотті, Олена; Petljaš-Barilotti], b 11 July 1890 in Kharkiv, d 4 October 1971 in Kyiv. Opera singer (dramatic soprano); daughter of Mykola Sadovsky. She studied singing under O. Muraviova in Kyiv (1910–13) and A. Cotogni in Rome (1913–16). Her theatrical debut was with Sadovsky's Theater in 1907. She appeared on the opera stages of Odesa (1916–18, 1923–4; see Odesa Opera and Ballet Theater), Kyiv (1926–7; see Kyiv Theater of Opera and Ballet), Saratov, Yerevan, Tbilisi, and Kazan. She sang leading roles in Mykola Arkas's Kateryna, Semen Hulak-Artemovsky's Zaporozhian Cossack beyond the Danube (Odarka), Mykola Lysenko's Aeneid (Didona), Denys Sichynsky's Roksoliana, Peter Tchaikovsky's Mazepa (Maria), Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, and Giuseppe Verdi's Aida. In recital she often performed Ukrainian folk songs, art songs, and romances.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 3 (1993).]

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