Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 29, 2014

Wictor (Viktor) Brégy (Tenor) (Kiev 1903 – Warsaw 1976)



His family was of Polish origin and in 1920 went from Ukraine to Warsaw. Here he studied at the university and trained his voice primarily with Maria Lubkowska and Adela Comte-Wilgacka. In 1927 he joined to the Opera House in Warsaw and sang there as the first tenor during the following four years. In 1931 he was engaged by the Opéra-Comique in Paris (debut as Gérald in ‘’Lakmé’’ of Delibes) to which he belonged till 1933. In the 1933-1939 seasons he appeared primarily in Swiss Theatres. He sang at the Municipal Theatres in Bern, Zurich and Basel and also had a successful career as a concert singer. In 1933 he appeared at the Vienna State Opera, then in the 1935-1936 season as a guest at the Vienna People's Opera. Also he made guest appearances at Berlin, Prague and Stockholm. During the Second World War he stayed at Warsaw and was a major force in rebuilding Polish musical life. In 1945 he became a professor at the Chopin Conservatoire in Warsaw. Then he was the director of the Warsaw Opera. In 1946 he gave in Bern (Switzerland) a concert. In 1950 he founded an opera studio in Gdansk (Gdansk). Since 1957 he was a professor of the music college in Warsaw.

Chronology of some appearances

1927 Warsaw Opera House
1931 Paris Opéra-Comique
1933 Vienna State Opera
1935 Vienna People's Opera


Syrena, 1930

Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Viva il vino spumeggiante 
Halka (Moniuszko): Duo with Helena Lipowska 

Odeon, 1945
Straszny Dwór (Moniuszko): Arja z kurantem P1 O. 236121 a. Wo658
Straszny Dwór (Moniuszko): Arja z kurantem P2 P1 O. 236121 b. Wo 659
Halka (Moniuszko): Szumia Jodly  O.236120  Wo 657-2/656 

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