Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 28, 2014

Ada Sari (Soprano) (Wadowice, Poland 1886 - Ciechocinek, Poland 1968)

Her real name was Jadwiga Szajerówna. She studied singing in Milan and made her debut in 1909 at the Teatro Nazionale in Rome as Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’ of C. Gounod. In  the 1912-1914 seasons she appeared with success at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli, then at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milano and in Trieste and Parma. During her activity in Italy she sang also at the opera houses in Brescia and Lucca. In 1914 she sang with great success in Warsaw as Thaïs in J. Massenet’s opera of the same name and as a partner of Mattia Battistini in A. Rubinstein’s ‘’Demon’’. In 1914 she made guest appearance at the Court Opera in St. Petersburg. At the beginning of her career  she sang lyrical roles, but since 1914 she specialized in coloratura roles. After the First World War she sang a lot in South America, especially since 1918 at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and undertook a concert tour through North America and appeared among other things at the Carnegie Hall in New York and alos in Chicago. In 1923 she performed at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milano as Queen of the Night in ‘’Magic flute’’. During the following years she often sang at the Vienna State Opera and at the opera houses in Budapest and Prague. She also sang at the Grand Opéra in Paris, guested in Zurich (1920 and 1924) and Cologne (1925), at the Royal Opera in Stockholm (1926) and Copenhagen (1929). As a concert singer and as an oratorio singer she stood in high respect, in particular as a soloist in Beethoven's 9-th symphony. She appeared among other things in concerts in Berlin (1924, 1927, 1931) and Budapest (1927). Since 1939 she lived in Warsaw, but in 1947 she guested again at the Vienna State Opera as Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’. Late she worked as a vocal pedagogue at the conservatoire in Warsaw

Chronology of some appearances

1912 Rome  Teatro Nazionale
1914 Warsaw Opera House
1914 St. Petersburg Court Opera
1918 Buenos Aires Teatro Colón
1923 Milano Teatro Alla Scala
1926 Stockholm Royal Opera
1947 Vienna State Opera


Polydor, 1925?
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Nella calma 73009
Faust (Gounod): Aria dei gioielli 73009

Polydor, 1927?
Bohème (Puccini): Quando m'en vo' 73070 61bo
Mefistofele (Boito): L'altra notte 73070 64bo

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