Friday, September 11, 2009

The first singer to gain an international reputation by their recordings was?

A very early Russian Gramophone and Typewriter recording of Mikhailova. circa 1901

Maria Mikhailova !!

Not too much is known about her. But she was a singer who was readily available to make records.
The record shown above was recorded in St Petersburg Russia in 1901.
This was one year before Caruso made his first recordings and 3 years
before he came to the Metropolitan.

She was the first of a long list of people who gained fame
from their recording career.