Mazowiecki Musical Theatre. Jan Kibora celebrates the patron’s 120th birthday | Happen or occur

“The twentieth birthday of our patron could not go unnoticed at the Mazowiecki Musical Theatre. He was an artist hitherto unparalleled, a man of extraordinary courage, talent, extraordinary, I think he is a model for many generations,” says theater director Iona Wojstick .

May 16 is the 120th birthday of tenor Jan Kibora.

Saturday at 17.00, at the theater headquarters in the Mujahideen. Jagiellońska 26, an exhibition will open: “Jan Kiepura. Great fame is a fact!”. The gallery includes memorabilia of the artist such as pre-war photographs, drawings, reviews and articles. Visitors will be able to view showcases with original gramophone recordings, note music, and movie programs. Submitted material comes from the collections of Zbigniew Rymarz, Jarosław Wojciechowski, Konrad Kopaczewski, Iwona Wujastyk, and Tomasz Gęsikowski. According to director Wujastyk, “The show confirms the phenomenon of Jan Kiepura, but also shows his own face – a husband who loves his wife, who proudly presents himself on stage all over the world, a kind teacher who shares his talent with talented young artists.”

On Sunday at 7.00 pm the premiere of the musical show “For You I sang …”. Singers Marta Bordenwich, Zuzana Caban, Jacob Milewski and Lukasz Ratajczak play the roles of Jan Kibora, his greatest love, Martha Eggerth, Hanka Ordonona and Eugenius Bodo. During the event, pre-war songs will be presented, such as: ‘Brunettes, blondes…’, ‘Ninun, ah smile’, ‘Love will forgive you everything’, or ‘I made a date with her at nine o’clock’ Wall.” Kacper Kuszewski will act as the narrator of the show.

Director Wujastyk announced that “although it is rare, especially for our audience, for fans of operetta and Jan Kiepura,” she contacted the German distributor and at the Jubilee Weekend you will be able to watch one of 12 films with the participation of Kiepura. + I love all women +.” The film will be shown on Saturday at Kino Praha,

Jan Kibora was born on May 16, 1902 in Sosnowiec. He secretly took music lessons from his parents, and was the son of a baker. In 1919, Kipora joined the 1st Petum Rifle Regiment, which was forming in Könipol near Czestochowa – he was joined by his classmates and his brother Władysław. Władysław was seriously wounded in the Silesian Uprising. In 1920, the brothers and their father took part in another uprising. In June 1921, Jan passed the matriculation examination.

At the behest of his parents, he entered law at the University of Warsaw, and at the same time took private lessons in singing from singer and teacher Wacław Brzeziński. A few months later, Prof. Brzezinski exempted Jan from paying the tuition fees, but ordered him to get decent clothes and new shoes. After three years of study, he recommended his student to go to the Great Theater in Warsaw. After an audition in February 1924, Kibura was expelled from the opera by director Emil Minarsky immediately after his first performance, despite the fact that he received a standing ovation. Around the same time, Kibura dropped out of law school due to neglect in his studies – causing conflict with his father. His real operatic debut took place in Lviv on January 15, 1925 – he starred in the film “Faust” by Charles Junod. “At the behest of his friends, he decided to try his hand abroad. In 1926 he left for Vienna. Here the young singer became interested in Franz Schalk, who directed the Staatsoper, and the prima donna for the Vienna opera Maria Geritzka,” recalls Małgorzata Kosińska. He starred opposite Gerizza Kibora in Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca”, which was his first stage appearance abroad.

He sang in Vienna, Berlin, Brno, Prague and Budapest, in 1927 he sang at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and in 1928 he made his debut at the La Scala Theater in Milan as Calaf in Puccini’s “Turandot”. In the 30s of the last century, the singer’s popularity increased thanks to the use of a new medium – cinema. Some of the films he filmed were produced in several languages. In 1942, 40 thousand people attended his concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. Persons. He was one of the first idols in mass culture to emerge. In the same year she donated 100,000. US dollars to help Poland. When he returned to Warsaw, he was well received by the crowds, and he was a huge star. He sang to his audience from the balcony of the Bristol Hotel, spoke to the crowd from a car window or from the rooftops. In the interwar period, he built the Hotel Villa “Patria” in Krynica-Zdrój, which was the setting for many films made in the late 1930s.

On August 13, 1966, Jan Kibora sang – in Polish only – at a concert for the Polish diaspora in Port Chester, United States. Two days later, he died of a heart attack at his home in Harrison, outside New York. In accordance with his wishes, he was buried in Aleja Zasłużonych at the Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw. The funeral service gathered nearly 200 thousand people. Persons. (PAP)

Author: Olga Łozińska

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