Stefan Belina-Skupiewski

Born 23 July 1885 in Kiev, died 2 August 1962 in Gdansk. Polish singer (tenor), pedagogue. Studied music in Kiev, Karlsruhe and Monaco (by Felix Mottl), also finished the politechnik in Karlsruhe. Was a famous singer in Europe from 1908-1928, he sang, amongst others, Tristan at La Scala under Toscanini. From 1928 he concentrated on teaching. He taught voice in the Conservatories in Warsaw, Lodz, Katowice and Sopot. He was the director of the Silesian State Opera in Bytom (the opera started by Adam Didur) from 1946-1953. From 1953 he was the director of the Baltic State Opera and Philharmonic in Gdansk. He was awarded the National (State) prize. Debut as Tonio in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo). Igor Stravinsky chose him to create the role of King Edipus in his opera Oedipus Rex.
Sources: Encyklopedia muzyczna PWM. Część biograficzna, tom I, Kraków 1979, translated by Imogen Norcroft.
Stefan Belina-Skupiewski sings Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Wenn der Freude tränen fliessen
In RA Format
I wish to thank Richard J Venezia for recording.

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