Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 8, 2014

Konrad von Zawilowski (Baritone) (Kraków 1880 - ? 1958)

He began his musical education in his native country, then went to Vienna and finally studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Battison Haynes. In Vienna he studied among other things under Guido Adler. He made his debut in concert at Lviv. He made his operatic debut in 1903 at the Opera House of Warsaw as Wotan in ‘’Die Walkure’’. In  the 1903-04 season he was a member of the Opera House of Lviv. From 1904 to 1907 he was engaged as the first baritone by the Vienna Court Opera, In the 1907-1908 season he appeared again at the Opera House of Warsaw. He guested in Paris and Milan and was engaged in the 1911-1913 by the Berlin Kurfürstenoper. Here he performed on 23. 12. 1911 in the premiere of the opera ‘’I gioielli della Madonna’’ of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari in the part of the Raffaele. He guested in the 1909-1911 season at the Opera House of Dusseldorf, in 1910 at the Berlin Court Opera, in 1911 at the Royal Opera of Copenhagen, in 1912 at the Municipal Theatre of Bremen. At the same time he was a highly respected concert singer. Already during his work in Berlin he was known as a pedagogue. After the First World War he moved his activity to England. He appeared there still as a concert singer, became internationally famous, however, above all as a singing teacher. He developed a special educational teaching system in London. Then he went as a pedagogue to North America, where he trained again numerous singers. In 1918 he published a textbook ‘’The Practical Psychology of Voice and Life’’. As a composer he published vocal works and orchestra works, several song cycles and single songs.

Chronology of some appearances

1903-1904 Warsaw  Opera House 
1904-1907 Vienna Court Opera
1907-1908 Warsaw  Opera House
1911-1913 Berlin Kurfürstenoper


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