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Like many other Polish singers, she studied with Professor Wysocki in the Conservatory of Lwow and, in 1893, began a brilliant career at the Warsaw Opera. She travelled widely: Covent Garden (Autumn seasons 1904 and 1906), Chicago (November and December 1910) and, having shared with Nellie Melba the performances of the role of Marguerite in Faust at Covent Garden, she was chosen to participate in the 1911 tour of Australia which Mme Melba organized with one of the leading Melbourne impressarios. There were excellent singers in the company, including John McCormack and Eleonora de Cisneros as well as Mme Wayda and the diva herself, and the tour was a great success despite internal quarrels of all kinds. She was twice director of the Warsaw Opera: 1917-19 and 1934- 36. She had a repertoire of over seventy operas, beginning with the coloratura roles of her youth and continuing into the repertoire of the dramatic soprano: Aida, Elisabeth (Tannhauser) and Briinnhilde, as well as a large concert and oratorio repertoire.
Chronology of some appearances
1911 Sidney Her Majestic's Lohengrin (Elsa)
1911 Sidney Her Majestic's Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1911 Sidney Her Majestic's Tosca (Tosca)
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Tosca (Puccini): Vissi d'arte 15635
Lohengrin (Wagner): Aurette a lui si spesso 15638
Sad song (Zarzycki) 23229 1821B
Gramophone, Warszawa 1908
Halka (Moniuszko):Like the shrub in the whirlwind 2-23323 7018L
The guelder rose grew (Komorowski) 2-23328
Chopin (Orefice): Duet with Tadeusz Leliwa 2-24031
Aida (Verdi): Ritorna vincitor! 0223004 326m
Song of the fighters 023038 322m