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Maria Germanova – The Blue Bird

Moscow Art Theater

How much do you know about the Russian theater? Certainly, there were and there still are some great actors and actresses. But many of them are still unknown to the general public. Europe, and Russia, in particular, had a rich literary scene at the beginning of the 20th century. Many famous literary works came to life on the stage of the Moscow Art Theatre.

Maria Germanova

One of the actresses who performed there with great success was Maria Nikolayevna Krasovskaya-Kalitinskaya, or simply, Maria Germanova. She debuted in Shakespeare’s play “Julius Cesar” in 1903, and soon she started to play all the main female roles. She was a true rising star of the Moscow Art Theatre. Her biographer Inna Solovyova wrote: “The physical beauty, the reverberating nerve beat, the sharp perceptiveness made Germanova one of the rising stars of the early 1900s’ Russian theatre scene and a promising tragic actress in the vein of Duse”.

maria germanova

The extraordinary beauty of Germanova, her decadent spirit, and her enthusiastic approach to experimenting really made her one of the first Avant-garde actresses in the Russian theater.

The Blue Bird

The play “Blue Bird” (French: “L’Oiseau bleu”) is a work of Belgian playwriter Maurice Maeterlinck. It premiered in Moscow Art Theater in 1908.