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Jan Kiepura

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This handsome Polish tenor became renowned both for the wonder of his voice and his characterizations for the concert stage and in films. Kiepura started his education by learning regulation in Warsaw, but quickly switched to tone of voice research with Waclaw Brzezinski and Tadeusz Leliwa, and later on Garbin in Milano. In 1924, Kiepura produced his debut in Lvov in Gounod’s Faust. He auditioned and was approved for the Vienna Staatsoper, producing his very effective debut on Sept 21, 1926, in Tosca. Kiepura sang Calaf in Turandot 11 instances during his first time of year and continued to be a guest designer, though he was under no circumstances a member from the Staatsoper. In 1927, he sang the business lead male part in Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane, posting the stage using the famous Lotte Lehmann. After Vienna, Kiepura sang in Milano (La Scala in Tosca, Manon, Turandot, Le Preziose Ridicole), Paris (both in the Opéra and Opéra Comique), Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, Brussels, Budapest, Prague, Havana, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and produced his American debut in Chicago in 1931. Within the 1930s, Kiepura started acting in films, which produced him extremely popular and even the thing of the cult pursuing. Kiepura made an appearance in a complete of 20 films, several of that have been made in alternative versions in various languages, such as for example his 1st two movies Die singende Stadt (1930) as well as the American edition City of Melody (1931), both in which Kiepura performed the function of Giovanni Cavallone. J’aime toutes les femmes and Ich liebe alle Frauen (I REALLY LIKE All the Females) had been both manufactured in 1935, and he was in La chanson d’une nuit as well as the German edition Das Lied einer Nacht (The Melody of Evening, 1932), where Kiepura made an appearance as Ferraro. Kiepura frequently appeared along with his wife, soprano Marta Eggerth, whom he wedded in 1936. After starring in Das Abenteuer geht weiter (THE EXPERIENCE Goes Forwards, 1939), aka Jede Frau head wear ein süsses Geheimnis (Every Wife Includes a Special Top secret), he ceased producing movies until he re-emerging by the end of the battle with four productions: Addio Mimí (1947), aka Her Great Lifestyle (U.S.A., 1950); Valse brillante (1948); Absender unbekannt (Sender Unidentified, 1950); and Das Property des Lächelns (The Property of Smiles, 1952). From 1938-1942, Kiepura sang at New York’s Metropolitan, where he made an appearance in La bohème, Carmen, Manon, Tosca, and Rigoletto. He also proved helpful in lots of American opera homes, appeared in films, and performed for 3 years within a Broadway creation of Franz Lehár’s operetta Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow). Two decades later, Kiepura came back to Vienna to surface in Lehár’s Zarewitsch (Czarina).

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Full Name Jan Kiepura
Died August 15, 1966, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality American, Polish
Spouse Marta Eggerth
Children Marjan Kiepura, Sharbek Kiepura
Parents Maria Kiepura, Franciszek Kiepura
Siblings Władysław Kiepura
Music Songs Brunetki, Blondynki, Tell Me Tonight, Ninon, Ninon, ach usmiechnij sie, Ob blond, ob braun, ich liebe alle Frau’n, Ich sing mein Lied heut nur für dich, Musisz W Te Noc Moja Byc, Signorina, My Song For You, O Marie, O Marie, With All My Heart, Di quella pira, Heute Nacht oder nie!, Mein Herz ist voller Sonnenschein, Tosca: E lucevan le stelle, Il Trovatore, Ich liebe dich, Ach so fromm, Le Bel Amour Que J'Ai Pour Toi, Weine Night, Oh Madonna, Mein Herz ruft immer nur nach Dir, oh Marita, O sole mio, Sie in der Nacht mein sein, Ob blond, ob braun, Sweet Melody of Night, Schenk mir Dein Herz heute Nacht, Mein Herz Ruft Nach Dir - Le bel amour que j'ai pour toi, Ninon, ah lächeln, Mein Herz Ruft Immer Nur Nach Dir, Martha: Ach so fromm, Turandot: O weine nicht Liu
Albums Opernarien, Songs aus Filmen, Brunettes, blondes... Brunetki blondynki..., Jan Kiepura (Collection "Les voix d'or"), Great Voices Of The Opera Vol. 4, Lebendige Vergangenheit - Jan Kiepura, The German Song: The Voice of Jan Kiepura, Songs, Immortal Voices of the Vienna Opera (Lebendige Vergagangheit), 44 Greatest Tenors of the Past, Récital (Mono Version), Unvergesslich, Das wahre Traumpaar, Vol.1, Das wahre Traumpaar, Vol.2
Movies The Charm of La Boheme, The Singing City, Valse brillante, A Song for You, Give Us This Night, Tout pour l'amour, My Heart is Calling, Thank You, Madame, My Song for You, My Heart Calls You, The Song of Night, The Land of Smiles, Tell Me Tonight, Her Wonderful Lie, Charm of La Boheme


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1 Brother of Singer Wladyslaw Ladis-Kiepura.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Das Land des Lächelns 1952 Sou Bawana Pantschur, Prinz von Javora
Absender unbekannt 1950
Valse brillante 1949 Jan Kovalski
Addio Mimí! 1949 René Lambertin
Another Experience 1939
Zauber der Boheme 1937 René Lambertin
Thank You, Madame 1936 Toni Kowalski
Give Us This Night 1936 Antonio Belizza
E lucean le stelle 1935
J'aime toutes les femmes 1935 Jean Morena / Eugène (as Jean Kiepura)
Ich liebe alle Frauen 1935 Jan Morena & Edi Jaworski
My Heart Is Calling 1935 Mario Delmonte
A Song for You 1934 Riccardo Gatti
Mein Herz ruft nach dir 1934 Mario Delmonti
Mon coeur t'appelle 1934 Mario Delmonti
Tout pour l'amour 1933 Ricardo Gatti (as Jean Kiepura)
Ein Lied für dich 1933 Riccardo Gatti, Opernsänger
La chanson d'une nuit 1933 Enrico Ferraro (as Jean Kiepura)
Be Mine Tonight 1932 Enrico Ferraro
Das Lied einer Nacht 1932 Enrico Ferraro
Farewell to Love 1931 Giovanni Cavallone
Die singende Stadt 1930 Giovanni Cavallone - Fremdenführer
O czym sie nie mysli 1926

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Valse brillante 1949 "Toujours plus belle", "L'amour chante en mon coeur"
My Heart Is Calling 1935 performer: "My heart is always calling you, oh Marita!", "You, me and love", "You, Me And Love", "My Heart Is Always Calling You"
Mein Herz ruft nach dir 1934 performer: "Mein Herz ruft immer nur nach dir, o Marita!", "Ich sing' mein Lied heut' nur für dich"
Mon coeur t'appelle 1934 "Mon coeur t'appelle" / performer: "Le bel amour"
Tout pour l'amour 1933 "Ninon... quand tu me souris", "O Madona!"
Ein Lied für dich 1933 performer: "Ninon" Ninon, Lach mir einmal zu, "Celeste Aida", "Oh Madonna!", "Di quella pira"
Das Lied einer Nacht 1932 performer: "Heute Nacht oder nie"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blick zurück im Film 1965 TV Series Himself
And on Earth, Peace 1961 TV Movie Himself, Singer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lieblinge unserer Eltern 1963 TV Series documentary Himself (1967)

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