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Maria Wohlówna (Soprano) (? Poland ? - Tiflis, Georgia 1924)
She studied singing at the school of singing under
Maria Sobolewskiej in Warsaw.
As a concert singer she made her debut in 1908. The same year she sang as a
guest in Berlin and later in London, where she spent several months
learning singing. In 1909 she gave a recital at the Warsaw Philharmonic. After
returning, she made her debut on may 5, 1910 at the Warsaw Government Theatre
in the title part in Stanisław Moniuszko’s opera ‘’Hrabina’’. Then, for five
seasons she was engaged by the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. In 1915 she went to Russia, then to Tiflis,
where she appeared with great success several seasons. She was appreciated by
the critics, for her unique voice and great technical skills. Her repertoire
included Tatiana in ‘’Eugene Onegin’’, Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’, Cio-Cio-San in ‘’Madama
Butterfly’’, Nedda in ‘’Pagliacci’’, Elsa in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’.
She was married twice. First she married to Nikolai Lewicki, Director of the
Warsaw Opera, for the second time with Georgian bacteriologist, Dr. Eljawę.
During her stay in Tiflis, she was arrested
and murdered in a local jail.
Chronology of some appearances
1909 Warsaw Philharmonic Concert
1910 Warsaw Government Theatre
1910-1915 Warsaw Teatr Wielki
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