Jan Kiepura

Picture of  Jan Kiepura

Picture of Jan Kiepura

Picture of Jan Kiepura
I wish to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the pictures.
Picture of Kiepura
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the picture.
Jan Kiepura sings Turandot: Nessun dorma

Jan Kiepura sings Mein Herz ruft immer nur nach Dir, oh Marita
In RA Format

Jan Kiepura singsRigoletto: La donna é mobile
In RA Format

Jan Kiepura singsCarmen: La fleur
In RA Format

Jan Kiepura singsIl Trovatore: Di quella pira, Korngold's version
In RA Format
I would like to thank Thomas Silverboerg for the recordings.
Jan Kiepura was born on May 16th 1902 in Sosnowiece, Poland. Kiepura first studied law, then voice in Warsaw. His teachers were Waclaw Brzezinski and Tadeusz Leliva. Later Kiepura studied with Garbin in Milano. After singing in the chorus at the Wielki, Kiepura made his debut in Lvov in 1924 as Faust. After singing in Warsaw and Poznan, he auditioned for Franz Schalk which led to his debut at the Staatsoper on September 21st 1926 in Tosca with Jeritza and Duhan. Kiepura had a tremendous success and Schalk entrusted him with Calaf for the second premiere of Turandot on October 15th 1926 with Nemeth and later with Jeritza. Out of the 33 performances of Turandot in Vienna during the first season, Kiepura sang Calaf 11 times. Kiepura remained a guest artist and never became a member of the Staatsoper. On October 29th 1927, Kiepura created the main male role in Korngold's Das Wunder der Heliane in which Lotte Lehmann was his partner. After Vienna, Kiepura sang in Milano (Scala in Tosca, Manon Turandot, Le Preziose Ridicole etc), Paris (Opéra and Opéra Comique), Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, Brussels, Budapest, Prague, Havana, S. Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Chicago (American debut in 1931). In the 1930s, Kiepura turn more and more to movies, which made him very popular. Kiepura appeared in a total of 19 movies. Kiepura often appeared with his wife the soprano Marta Eggerth, whom he married in 1936. From 1938-42, Kiepura sang at the MET, where he made his debut as Rodolfo on February 19th 1938. At the MET, Kiepura sang also in Carmen, Manon, Tosca, and Rigoletto. Following that, Kiepura sang for many different American Opera houses, appeared in movies, and performed in a production on Broadway of Lehár's Lustige Witwe for three years. After an absence of nearly 20 years, Kiepura returned to Vienna to appear in Lehar's Zarewitsch. Kiepura died suddenly from a heart attack on August 15th 1966. His songs were specially written for him by such composers as Robert Stolz, Kaper/Jurman and Misha Spoliansky. His success in movies created a cult-like followings. Thankfully, Kiepura's voice can be heard on several CDs:

Jan Kiepura, Volume 1 by Pearl (GEMM CD 9976)
This CD contains many unpublished items (Rigoletto/1938 concert, Rigoletto/1935 from a film, Les pecheurs de perles/1940 home recordings, Processional a Korngold'song/1935, polish songs from 1942 and a 1935 Di quella pira with a special chorus accompaniment by Korngold), songs by Kaper/Jurman, Stolz, Spolianski, Rossini and Wieniasky arranged by Kiepura and Operatic arias recorded for Parlophon and Columbia.

Marta Eggert/Jan Kiepura Ich sing mein Lied heut' nur fuer dich by ZYX Music (PD5017-2)
Songs from films exclusively. It is a new release,

Lebendige Vergangenheit Jan Kiepura (89138)
Arias and songs recorded for Odeon recorded from 1926 to 1937 including Rigoletto, Tosca with Lehmann, Turandot, Aida, Il Trovatore, La Bohčme, and Martha. It contains some of Kiepura's earliest recordings.

Martha Eggerth/Jan Kiepura Die Stars von Buehne und Film by EMI (CDM 764660 2)
Arias, duets from Operas and Hits from their movies.

Jan Kiepura My song for You Pearl (GEMM CD 9079)
It contains mostly arias, duets from films (La Traviata, Werther, Turandot, Land of smiles, songs). The three duets with Martha Eggerth are a first.

I wish to thank Mr. Marjan Kiepura for his help.

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