Bogdan Paprocki

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Bogdan Paprocki

Bogdan Paprocki (born September 23, 1919 in Toruń , † September 3, 2010 in Warsaw ) was a Polish opera singer (tenor).


Paprocki studied first at the Lublin Conservatory and then in Warsaw with Ignacy Dygas . In 1946 he made his debut in Verdi's La traviata as Alfredo alongside Barbara Kostrzewska as Violetta at the Silesian Opera in Bytom. In 1957 he became a member of the ensemble of the Warsaw National Opera , where in thirty years he sang around 2500 parts in operas and concerts.

Stanisław Moniuszko's operas were particularly important in his repertoire . He sang Stefan in Das Gespensterschloss 250 times and Jontek in Halka 248 times . He was also known as an interpreter of classical French, Italian and Russian opera literature. Concert tours have taken him to Kiev, Leningrad, Tbilisi and Moscow, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden, Leipzig, Essen and Wiesbaden, Prague, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofía and Zagreb, London, Chicago and México, to Canada, Israel, Korea and China.

Paprocki turned down an offer from the New York City Opera for an engagement in 1959 because he did not want to leave Poland. In 1984 he went on a tour through West Germany with the ensemble of the Warsaw Opera, where he sang Shuiski in Boris Godunow . On his 90th birthday in 2009 he was honored on the stage of the Silesian Opera in Bytom, where he had made his debut 63 years earlier. He died shortly before his 91st birthday the following year.

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