Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 24, 2016

Ewa Bandrowska-Turska (Soprano) (ur. 20 maja 1894 w Krakowie, zm. 25 czerwca 1979 r. w Warszawie)

Niece of the tenor Alexander von Bandrowski (1860-1913). She received her education by Helena Zboinska-Ruszkowska in Warsaw. In 1919 her debut took place as a concert soprano in Warsaw. In 1920 she made her debut at the Warsaw Opera as Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’ of C. Gounod. In 1921 she joined to the Lwów (Lvov) Opera, however, her career was interrupted by a long lasting illness. In 1925 she started to appear at the Theater of Poznán (Posen). In 1929 she became a member of the Warsaw Opera. In 1929 she made guest appearance in Hamburg. In 1939 she sang at the Opéra-Comique in Paris the title role in ‘’Lakmé’’ and Violetta in ‘’Traviata’’. Other guest performances: Vienna State Opera (1933), Opera Houses of Budapest, Zurich, Amsterdam and Stockholm (1936), also Theaters of Nice and Brussels. In the USA she appeared at the Chicago Opera and as a concert singer at the New York Carnegie Hall. She gave concerts in London (1931) and Vienna (1937) and undertook concert tours in the Scandinavian lands and in the Soviet Union. In the 1947-1949 seasons she was engaged again by the Warsaw Opera. Then she worked as pedagogue first in Cracow, later at the College of Music of Warsaw. Her repertoire included Elsa in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’, Manon by J. Massenet, Rosina in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Traviata, Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’, Butterfly, Tatiana in ‘’Eugene Onegin’’. 

Chronology of some appearances

1920 Warsaw Opera
1921 Lviv Opera
1925 Poznán Opera
1929 Warsaw Opera


Wiosna, Op. 74, Nr. 2. Piesn mx WA 340

Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Una voce poco fa
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Un bel dì vedremo
Skowronek (Bettinelli)
King Roger (Szymanowski); Aria

Halka (Moniuszko): Two arias of Halka


  1. This is a singer with a personality and artistic presence. She has a beautiful color to the voice and uses it with intelligence and taste.

  2. Beautiful ! Thank you very much !