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Enzo Leliva (Tenor) (1875 Teplik, Ukraine – Warsaw, Poland 1929)




His real name was Tadeusz Kopystcynski. He studied at first medicine at the University of Kiev, then law at the University of Warsaw. He received at the same time singing lessons from Mrs. Massini, later from A. W. Aleksandrowicz, also he studied with Jean de Reszke in Paris and with Augusto Brogi in Italy. In 1901 Leliva made his debut at the opera house in Saratov, afterwards he sang in Kiev. The violinist Stanislaw Barcewicz helped him to appear at the Grand Theatre, Warsaw, where he made his debut in 1902 as Radames in ‘’Aida’’ and appeared in this opera house up to 1904. He performed here among other things in ‘’Rigoletto’’, ‘’La Traviata’’, ‘’La Gioconda’’, ‘’La Favorita’’, in Tchaikovsky’s ‘’The Queen of Spades’’ and in the title roles of the operas ‘’Mazeppa’’ of  A. Mьnchheimer and ‘’Chopin’’ of Orefice. During his engagement in Warsaw he made guest appearances in Lviv and Vilnius. By the invitation of the composer Ruggiero Leoncavallo, who had heard him in Warsaw, Leliva went in 1904 to Italy where he sang the role of Millo Dufresne in Leoncavallo’s opera ‘’Zaza’’. For the first time he appeared in this opera at the Teatro Lirico in Milan. In 1905 he guested at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples as Henning in the Italian premiиre of Leoncavallo’s ‘’Roland von Berlin’’, afterwards in Turin, Palermo and at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. In 1905 he performed at the Teatro Lirico in Milan as Jontek in the Italian premiиre of the Polish national opera ‘’Halka’’ of Moniuszko. He guested during his stay in Italy further in Poland and also in 1906 at the opera houses of St. Petersburg and Kiev. In 1907 he appeared at La Scala as Radames in ‘’Aida’’ and guested the same year in Mexico City. In 1908 he guested in Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon, then also at the Teatro Colуn in Buenos Aires. In 1909 he appeared at Covent Garden as Pinkerton in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’ and as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’ together with the famous soprano Emmy Destinn. In 1909 he sang for the first time in the USA, namely at the Boston Opera House (among other things as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’ and as Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’), then also in Chicago and New York. From 1910 to 1912 he was to be heard, primarily, in his Polish native country and in Russia. Then he went in 1913 again to Italy (Teatro Comunale. Bologna, Teatro Carlo Felice. Genoa), however, came back with outbreak of the First World War in 1914 to Poland and sang in Warsaw, later in Kiev, but primarily in concerts. In 1919 he finished his career in Kiev appearing last time in ‘’Halka’’ of  Moniuszko. Since 1922 he worked as a singing teacher in Warsaw. One of his pupils was the famous tenor Jan Kiepura. In Russia and Poland he sang adopting the stage name Tadeusz Leliwa, in Italy and abroad under the stage name Enzo Leliva.

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Milano Teatro Lirico Zaza (Millo)
1906 San Pietroburgo Teatro Aquarium Ugonotti (Raoul)
1906 Brescia Teatro Grande Tristano e Isotta (Tristano)
1906 Torino Teatro Regio Loreley (Walter)
1906 Torino Teatro Regio Dannazione di Faust (Faust)
1906 Palermo  Teatro Massimo Loreley (Walter)
1907 Cittа del Messico  Teatro Arbeu Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1907 Cittа del Messico Teatro Arbeu Tannhauser (Tannhauser)
1907 Cittа del Messico Teatro Arbeu Ugonotti (Raoul)
1908 Genova  Politeama Genovese Pagliacci (Canio)
1909 Boston Opera House Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1909 Boston  Opera House Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1909 Boston  Opera House Pagliacci (Canio)
1910 Chicago  Auditorium Carmen (Don Jose)
1910 Chicago  Auditorium Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1910 Chicago  Auditorium Pagliacci (Canio)
1910 Pittsburgh  Teatro Nixon Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1910 St. Louis Teatro Odeon Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1910 St. Louis Teatro Odeon Pagliacci (Canio)



Chopin: Duet with Tadeusz Leliwa Gramophone 2-24031 7082L

Rigoletto: La donna e mobile Columbia 85244
Don't tempt me (Glinka) with Hanna Skwareka Odeon 97628
Halka: Szumia jodly Odeon 304173
Chopin: Sera ineffabile with Irene De Bohus Fonotipia 39119 XPh 105
Chopin: Kolysanka with Vera De Lutze Fonotipia 39118 XPh 79
Aida: Gia I sacerdoti adunansi with Elisa Petri Fonotipia Unpubl.  XPh 3700
Gli Ugonotti: Bianca al par Fonotipia 39926  Ph 2278
L’Ebrea: Rachele, allor che Iddio Fonotipia 92410 XPh 3609
Lohengrin: Di non t'incantan Fonotipia 92412 XPh 3612
Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Dall'alba tinto Fonotipia 92413 XPh 3707
Un Ballo in maschera: Ma se m'e forza perderti Fonotipia 92411 XPh 3727
Pique dame: Perdona a me Fonotipia 92417  XPh 3676
Pique dame: Mistero Fonotipia 92414 XPh 3738
Pique dame: Ma se il tuo cuore Fonotipia 92416 XPh 3724
Pique dame: Perdona a me Fonotipia 39928 XPh 2275
Pique dame: Cos'e la vita? Fonotipia 92415 XPh 3743
Roland von Berlin: Io son il re della ballata Fonotipia 39061 XPh 107
Figlia di Jorio: Rinverdisca per noi Fonotipia 39927 XPh 2277
Manru: Come al sol cocente Fonotipia 39034 XPh 77
Chopin: Si, date fiori Fonotipia 39033 XPh 76
Chopin: Tak, gloscie chwale Fonotipia 39034 XPh 77
Chopin: Io sono un fior esala Fonotipia 39073  XPh 104
Stelle cadenti (de Leva) Fonotipia 39126 XPh 148-2
Fiori di campo (de Leva) Fonotipia 39132 XPh 146
Krakowiak (Moniuszko) Fonotipia 39133 XPh 142



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