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Liszt also declared that with pauline viardot the world had finally found a woman composer of genius enchantress of nations is a lavish biography of this amazing woman whose life spanned most of the nineteenth century and it also weaves a rich tapestry of music and literature in france england and russia. Buy enchantress of nations pauline viardot soprano muse and lover 1st by steen michael isbn 9781840468434 from amazons book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Get this from a library enchantress of nations pauline viardot soprano muse and lover michael steen she was among the most brilliant dramatic stars of our time according to franz liszt and billed as the most talked of opera singer in europe dickens reduced to tears by her singing . The webs source of information for ancient history definitions articles timelines maps books and illustrations. The enchantress or the sorceress russian charodyka is an opera in four acts by pyotr ilyich tchaikovsky based on the libretto by ippolit shpazhinsky using his drama with the same titlethe opera was composed between september 1885 and may 1887 in maidanovo russia and was first performed in saint petersburg in 1887