Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller

Aug 27, 2014

Wiktor Grąbczewski (Baritone) (1863 - 1924)



He studied singing under J.Quattrini in Warsaw. In 1888 he made his debut as a concert singer in Warsaw, then went to Paris and became a pupil of the famous tenor Jean de Reszke. After Additional Education in Milan he made his debut there under the artistic name Vittorio Edmondi as Germont in G. Verdi’s ‘’La Traviata’’. Since 1890 under the name Victor De Gromzeski he appeared at the famous italian opera houses, among other things at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna and at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Since 1895 he appeared temporarily as tenor, however, returned soon again to the baritone field. He performed with international success and made guest appearances at the Covent Garden in London (1892, 1897 and 1903) and at the Court Opera in St. Petersburg (1904). In 1892 he sang in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and New York. In the 1893-1895 seasons he was a member of the New York Metropolitan Opera. In 1911 he performed in Moscow, Kiev and Odessa. Since 1915 he was active as a director of the National Opera in Warsaw, however, appeared still as a concert singer, but in 1924 sang the role of Escamillo in ‘’Carmen’’. His stage roles included the Rigoletto, Nevers in ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’ of G. Meyerbeer, Valentin in ‘’Faust’’ of C. Gounod, Silvio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, Alfonso in G. Donizetti’s ‘’La Favorita’’ and his special star role, the Janusz in ‘’Halka’’ of  S. Moniuszko.

Chronology of some appearances

1892 London Covent Garden
1897 London Covent Garden
1896 Warsow  Teatr Wielki
1903 London Covent Garden
1904 St. Petersburg Court Opera


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G&T, Warsaw 1901
Verbum Nobile (Moniuszko) Aria  22759 1824 B 

Favorite, Warsaw 1909
Anioł Pasterzom (Koleda) with Adam Ostrowski 1-79664

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