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date: 26 February 2020

Kiepura, Janlocked

  • Leo Riemens
  • , revised by Alan Blyth


(b Sosnowiec, 16 May 1902; d Harrison, NY, 15 Aug 1966). Polish tenor. He studied in Warsaw with Tadeusz Leliva, making his début in Lwów as Faust in 1924. He sang at the Vienna Staatsoper (1926–37) as Cavaradossi, Calaf, Rodolfo (La bohème), Manrico, Don José and created the Stranger in Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane (1927, Hamburg). In 1928 Kiepura sang Cavaradossi at the Paris Opéra and Calaf to acclaim at La Scala, where he created Marchese Marcarille in Lattuada’s Le preziose ridicole (1929). He made his American début at Chicago in 1931 as Cavaradossi and his Metropolitan début in 1938 as Rodolfo, singing there until 1942 as Don José, the Duke, Massenet’s Des Grieux and Cavaradossi. He also sang in Chicago (1939–42). He made a number of romantic films in the 1930s, which show his ebullient personality and exciting voice. Other recordings reveal his easy, forward production and lyrical charm. He often appeared with his wife, the soprano Marta Eggerth....

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