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His family was of Polish origin and in 1920 went
from Ukraine to Warsaw. Here he studied at
the university and trained his voiceprimarily
Lubkowska and Adela Comte-Wilgacka. In 1927 he joined to the Opera House in Warsaw and sang there as
the first tenor during the following four years. In 1931 he was engaged by the
Opéra-Comique in Paris
(debut as Gérald in ‘’Lakmé’’ of Delibes) to which he belonged till 1933. In
the 1933-1939 seasons he appeared primarily in Swiss Theatres. He
sang at the Municipal Theatres in Bern, Zurich and Basel
and also had a successful career as a concert singer. In 1933 he appeared at the
Vienna State Opera, then in the 1935-1936 season as a guest at the Vienna People's
Opera. Also he made guest appearances at Berlin,
Prague and Stockholm.
During the Second World War he stayed at Warsaw
and was a major force in rebuilding Polish musical life. In 1945 he became a
professor at the Chopin Conservatoire in Warsaw.
Then he wasthe
of the Warsaw Opera. In 1946 he gave in Bern
a concert. In 1950 he founded an opera studio in Gdansk
1957 he was a professorof
the music college in Warsaw.
Chronology of some appearances
1927 Warsaw Opera House
1931 Paris Opéra-Comique
1933 Vienna State Opera
1935 Vienna People's Opera
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Syrena, 1930 Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Viva il vino spumeggiante Halka (Moniuszko): Duo with Helena Lipowska Odeon, 1945
Straszny Dwór (Moniuszko): Arja z kurantem P1 O. 236121 a. Wo658
Straszny Dwór (Moniuszko): Arja z kurantem P2 P1 O. 236121 b. Wo 659
(Moniuszko): Szumia Jodly O.236120 Wo 657-2/656