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Forgotten Opera Singers
Feb 13, 2014
Henrik Drzewiecki (Tenor) (Poland, Kutno 1871 – USA? 1937)
He studied at the University of law in Saint Petersburg by
obtaining a doctoral degree. At the same time, he studied at the Conservatory
in St. Petersburg.
From here he went to Italy,
where he studied singing with italian vocal pedagogues. He made his debut at Valencia (Spain) in "Rigoletto" by G.
Verdi. Then he appeared in Venice, Modena, and Livorno
In 1900 he joinedto the Lwów Theatre, where he performed till 1902. During this
period he appeared also in Krakow. After a
period in Lviv Opera House he moved to Grand
Theatre in Warsaw.
Here for the first time he sang in 1902 in Moniuszko’s ‘’Straszny dwór’’. There he created roles in operas such
as: "Halka", "Traviata" and "Faust". He also had
guest appearances in Kraków and Lviv. Critics praised his excellent vocal
talent. After the First World War he started to work as a lawyer. He was a
judge at the County Court in Radom.
In the 1920s he was a notary and moved to Las
Vegas, where he had a partner in the law firm of
notaries. He wrote articles for magazines.
Chronology of appearance
1900-1902 Lwów Opera House
1902 Warsaw Grand Theatre
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
2-min cylinders, Warszawa 1905/1906
(Zelenski): Arja 15679
Tosca (Puccini): Aria, act 1 222117 1176
Janek (Zelenski): Gdy Ślub Weźmiesz z Twoim Stachem 2-22886 ?
Straszny Dwór (Moniuszko): Arja z kurantem 222118 1176