LA Transit: Hear Irra Petina in "Magdalena", 1948
Such a dramatic face! Exactly what you'd expect for an opera singer from Russia.
Details about her career from Extravagant Crowd: Carl Van Vechten’s Portraits of Women gallery:
"Though she was a minor performer, Russian-born operetta star Irra Petina sang in 444 performances in her nearly twenty years with the Metropolitan Opera. She is famous among opera lovers as the originator of the Old lady in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, 'in which Petina’s gleeful performance as the uni-buttocked Old lady has never been equaled.'”