Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 6, 2015

Tadeusz Orda (Bass/baritone) (Ukraine, village Rashkovo, province of Chernovitskaya 1889 – Warsaw, Poland 1930)



The real surname of this totally forgotten bass-baritone was Zalessky. He studied vocal art at the Music School of Kishinev. Later he also took lessons from great italian baritone Antonio Cotogni in Italy and Paris. Orda made his debut as Escamilio in Bizet’s ‘’Carmen’’ at the Opera Theatre of Tbilisi. It happened in 1910. Guest appearances followed in Odessa, Ekaterinoslav, Moscow (Opera House of S. Zimin, 1915) and Baku (1918-1919). In 1919 he also appeared in Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece and in Egypt. From 1921 to 1922 Orda was in Italy, where he performed with success. In 1922 he made his debut at Warsaw appearing as Rigoletto. From 1922 to 1923 Orda appeared not only at the Grand Opera in Paris but also in french provincial theatres. He visited also Belgium and Czech Republic. From 1925 to 1927 he was a soloist of the Warsaw Opera. In 1927 Orda fell seriously ill, he was forced to end his career and after losing his voice he committed suicide. He possessed a strong, equal voice of a deep timbre (especially in the top register). Orda was made only one record for Sirena.

Chronology of some appearances

1910 Tbilisi Opera Theatre
1915 Moscow S. Zimin's Opera House


Sirena 1925
Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky): Monologue

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