Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Oct 29, 2011

Enzo Leliva (Tadeusz Leliwa) (Tenor) (Teplik, Ukraine 1875 – Warsaw, Poland 1929)

                                                       Raoul in ''Ugonotti''

His real name was Tadeusz Kopystcynski. He studied at first medicine at the university of Kiev, then law at the university of Warsaw. He received at the same time singing lessons from Mrs. Massini, later from A. W. Aleksandrowicz, also he studied with Jean de Reszke in Paris and with A. Brogi in Italy. In 1901 he made his opera debut at Saratov, afterwards he sang in the opera house of Kiev. The violinist Stanislaw Barcewicz helped him to appear at the Opera Theatre of Warsaw in which he debuted in 1902 as Radames in ‘’Aida’’ and remained till 1904. He appeared here among other things as Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’, Enzo in ‘’La Gioconda’’ of Ponchielli, Fernando in ‘’La Favorita’’ of Donizetti, Hermann in Tchaikovsky’s ‘’Pique dame’’ and in the title roles of the operas ‘’Mazeppa’’ of A. Münchheimer and ‘’Chopin’’ of Orefice. During his engagement in Warsaw he guested in the opera houses of Lvov (Lwów) and Vilnius. By the invitation of the composer R. Leoncavallo who had heard him in Warsaw he went in 1904 to Italy where he sang as Milio in Leoncavallo’s opera ‘’Zazà’’ first at the Teatro Regio in Turin. In 1905 he guested at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples as Henning in the Italian première of Leoncavallo’s ‘’Roland von Berlin’’, afterwards in Turin, Palermo and at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. In 1905 he sang at the Teatro Lirico in Milan as Jontek in the Italian première of the Polish national opera ‘’Halka’’ of Moniuszko. He guested during his stay in Italy further in Poland and also in 1906 in the opera houses of St. Petersburg and Kiev. In 1907 he sang at La Scala as Radames in ‘’Aida’’ and guested in the same year in Mexico City. In 1908 he appeared in the opera houses of Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon, then also at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 1909 he appeared in Covent Garden as Pinkerton in ‘’Madame Butterfly’’ and as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’ together with the famous soprano Emmy Destinn. In 1909 he sang for the first time in the USA, namely in the opera house of Boston (among other things as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’ and as ‘ Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’), then also in Chicago and New York. From 1910 to 12 he was to be heard, primarily, in his Polish native country and in Russia. Then he went in 1913 again to Italy (Teatro Comunale Bologna, Teatro Carlo Felice Genua), however, came back with outbreak of the First World War in 1914 to Poland and sang here in Warsaw, later in Kiev primarily in concerts. In 1919 he finished his career in Kiev appearing last time in ‘’Halka’’of  Moniuszko. Since 1922 he worked as a teacher in Warsaw, one of his pupils was the famous tenor Jan Kiepura. He sang abroad, above all in Italy, under the name Enzo Leliva.

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Milano Teatro Lirico Zaza (Millo)
1906 San Pietroburgo Teatro Aquarium Ugonotti (Raoul)
1906 Brescia Teatro Grande Tristano e Isotta (Tristano)
1906 Torino Teatro Regio Loreley (Walter)
1906 Torino Teatro Regio Dannazione di Faust (Faust)
1906 Palermo  Teatro Massimo Loreley (Walter)
1907 Cittа del Messico  Teatro Arbeu Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1907 Cittа del Messico Teatro Arbeu Tannhauser (Tannhauser)
1907 Cittа del Messico Teatro Arbeu Ugonotti (Raoul)
1908 Genova  Politeama Genovese Pagliacci (Canio)
1909 Boston Opera House Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1909 Boston  Opera House Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1909 Boston  Opera House Pagliacci (Canio)
1910 Chicago  Auditorium Carmen (Don Jose)
1910 Chicago  Auditorium Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1910 Chicago  Auditorium Pagliacci (Canio)
1910 Pittsburgh  Teatro Nixon Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1910 St. Louis Teatro Odeon Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1910 St. Louis Teatro Odeon Pagliacci (Canio)



Columbia, Warszawa? 1904?
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile 85244
Halka (Moniuszko): Dumka 35248

Fonotipia, Milano 1904-11
Chopin (Orefice): Si, date fiori 39033 XPh 76
Chopin (Orefice): Tak, gloscie chwale 39034 XPh 77
Chopin (Orefice): Kolysanka with Vera De Lutze 39118 XPh 79

Fonotipia, Milano 1904-12
Chopin (Orefice): Io sono un fior esala 39073  XPh 104
Chopin (Orefice): Sera ineffabile with Irene De Bohus 39119 XPh 105
Roland von Berlin (Leoncavallo): Io son il re della ballata 39061 XPh 107

Fonotipia, Milano 1905-02
Krakowiak (Moniuszko) 39133 XPh 142
Fiori di campo (de Leva) 39132 XPh 146
Stelle cadenti (de Leva) 39126 XPh 148-2

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-12-11
Manru (Pederewski): Come al sol cocente 39034 XPh 77
Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky): Perdona a me 39928 XPh 2275

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-12-12
Figlia di Jorio (Franchetti): Rinverdisca per noi 39927 XPh 2277
Ugonotti (Meyerbeer): Bianca al par 39926  Ph 2278

Odeon, Warszawa 1906?
Don't tempt me (Glinka) with Hanna Skwarecka 97628
Halka (Moniuszko): Szumia jodly 304173

Gramophone, Warszawa 1908
Chopin (Orefice): Duet with Korolewicz-Wajdowa 2-24031 7082L

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-07
Ebrea (Halevy): Rachele, allor che Iddio 92410 XPh 3609
Lohengrin (Wagner): Di non t'incantan 92412 XPh 3612

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-25
Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky): Perdona a me 92417  XPh 3676

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-30
Aida (Verdi): Gia I sacerdoti adunansi with Elisa Petri Unpubl.  XPh 3700

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-12-01
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Dall'alba tinto 92413 XPh 3707

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-12-03
Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky): Ma se il tuo cuore 92416 XPh 3724
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Ma se m'è forza perderti 92411 XPh 3727

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-12-04
Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky): Mistero 92414 XPh 3738

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-12-05
Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky): Cos'è la vita? 92415 XPh 3743

Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba  12002a

1 comment:

  1. MOLTO BELLO!!! Thank you for sharing this valuable biographical information.