Wiktor Brégy was born on September 3rd, 1903 in Kiev (Ukraine) into a Polish family. After World War I, he moved with his parents to Warsaw, where he was studying law and voice simultaneously, his voice teachers being Adela Comte-Wilgocka and then Maria Lubkowska. He made his debut in 1927 with the Warsaw Opera. From 1931 to 1933, he was at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, and then in Switzerland till 1939 (Bern, Zurich, Basel), where he enjoyed considerable popularity - the Bern Opera even staged Moniuszko's Polish national opera "Halka" for him in 1934. When WWII broke out, he happened to be in Warsaw, where he was to stay throughout the war, working as a singing teacher. In 1945, he became a professor at the Warsaw conservatory and also resumed his singing career, but just for a short while; soon, he ventured into stage direction instead, while continuing his teaching activity. He died on May 20th, 1976 in Warsaw.
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the pictures and recording.