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Janina Korolewicz–Wayda (Waydowa, Giannina Wayda) (Warsaw 1875 – Warsaw 1955)




Like many other Polish singers, she studied with Professor Wysocki in the Conservatory of Lwow and, in 1893, began a brilliant career at the Warsaw Opera. She travelled widely: Covent Garden (Autumn seasons 1904 and 1906), Chicago (November and December 1910) and, having shared with Nellie Melba the performances of the role of Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’ at Covent Garden, she was chosen to participate in the 1911 tour of Australia which Mme Melba organized with one of the leading Melbourne impressarios. There were excellent singers in the company, including John McCormack and Eleonora de Cisneros as well as Mme Wayda and the diva herself, and the tour was a great success despite internal quarrels of all kinds. She was twice director of the Warsaw Opera: 1917-19 and 1934- 36. She had a repertoire of over seventy operas, beginning with the coloratura roles of her youth and continuing into the repertoire of the dramatic soprano: Aida, Elisabeth (Tannhauser) and Brunnhilde, as well as a large concert and oratorio repertoire. She was a close friend of Enrico Caruso.

Chronology of some appearances

1903 Cracovia  Teatro Nazionale Tosca (Tosca)
1904 Padova  Teatro Garibaldi Lohengrin (Elsa)
1905 Odessa  Teatro Principal Otello (Desdemona)
1905 Odessa Teatro Municipale Pagliacci (Nedda)
1905 Odessa  Teatro Municipale Tannhauser (Elisabetta)
1911 Sidney Her Majestic's Lohengrin (Elsa)
1911 Sidney  Her Majestic's Lohengrin (Elsa)
1911 Sidney Her Majestic's Tosca (Tosca)



Sad song (Zarzycki) G&T 23229 1821B
Tosca: Vissi d'arte Nicole 15635 1965-M
Lohengrin: Aurette a lui si spesso Nicole 15638 1970-K
Aida: Ritorna vincitor! Gramophone 0223004 326m
Hrabina: Song of the fighters Gramophone 023038 322m
Halka: Like the shrub in the whirlwind 2-23323 7018L
The guelder rose grew (Komorowski) Gramophone  2-23328  7085L
Chopin: Duet with Tadeusz Leliwa Gramophone 2-24031 7082L
La Juive: Pour lui, pour moi, mon pere Favorite


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