Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 8, 2012

Janina korolewicz–Wayda (Waydowa, Giannina Wayda) (Soprano) (Warsaw 1875 – Warsaw 1955)

Like many other Polish singers, she studied with Professor Wysocki in the Conservatory of Lwow and, in 1893, began a brilliant career at the Warsaw Opera. She travelled widely: Covent Garden (Autumn seasons 1904 and 1906), Chicago (November and December 1910) and, having shared with Nellie Melba the performances of the role of Marguerite in Faust at Covent Garden, she was chosen to participate in the 1911 tour of Australia which Mme Melba organized with one of the leading Melbourne impressarios. There were excellent singers in the company, including John McCormack and Eleonora de Cisneros as well as Mme Wayda and the diva herself, and the tour was a great success despite internal quarrels of all kinds. She was twice director of the Warsaw Opera: 1917-19 and 1934- 36. She had a repertoire of over seventy operas, beginning with the coloratura roles of her youth and continuing into the repertoire of the dramatic soprano: Aida, Elisabeth (Tannhauser) and Briinnhilde, as well as a large concert and oratorio repertoire. 

Chronology of some appearances

1911 Sidney  Her Majestic's Lohengrin (Elsa)
1911 Sidney  Her Majestic's Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1911 Sidney  Her Majestic's Tosca (Tosca)


Nicole, London 1904
Tosca (Puccini): Vissi d'arte 15635 1965-M
Lohengrin (Wagner): Aurette a lui si spesso 15638 1970-K

G&T, Warszawa?
Sad song (Zarzycki) 23229 1821B

Gramophone, Warszawa 1908
Halka (Moniuszko): Like the shrub in the whirlwind 2-23323 7018L
The guelder rose grew (Komorowski)  2-23328  7085L
Chopin (Orefice): Duet with Tadeusz Leliwa 2-24031 7082L
Aida (Verdi): Ritorna vincitor! 0223004 326m
Hrabina (Moniuszko): Song of the fighters 023038 322m

Juive (Halévy) Arya Racheli  26661

 Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Aria 13275
 Tosca (Puccini): Vissi d'arte 13274

Juive (Halevy): Pour lui, pour moi, mon pere 

Wayda by Stampanoni

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