Victor Brégy

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Wiktor Brégy , also Wictor Brégy (born September 3, 1903 in Kiev , † May 19, 1976 in Warsaw ) was a French - Polish opera singer ( tenor ), opera director and vocal teacher .


Brégy spent his childhood in Manchuria and Siberia. He attended high school in Kiev and from 1920 in Warsaw and studied from 1923 to 1925 law at the University of Warsaw . At the same time he took singing lessons from Adela Wilgocka . From 1925 to 1927, as he was a French citizen through his father, he did his military service in the French army. After returning to Poland, he continued his vocal training with Maria Łubkowska .

At the same time he received an engagement as first tenor at the Warsaw Opera , where he sang more than twenty leading roles and was particularly successful as "Almaviva" in Rossini's Barber of Seville . In 1931 he made his debut at the Opéra-Comique in Paris as "Gérald" in Delibes ' Lakmé , where he was engaged until 1933. He then made guest appearances in the opera houses of Bern, Zurich and Basel, performed at the Vienna State Opera in 1933 and from 1935 to 1936 at the Vienna Volksoper .

When the Second World War broke out, Brégy stayed in Warsaw and gave singing and foreign language lessons there. As a French citizen, he was arrested in 1940 and first taken to the Pawiak prison in Warsaw , then to the Stutthof concentration camp in 1944 and then to the Graudenz fortress . From there he managed to escape. He lived underground in Cracow until the end of the war .

After the war, Brégy only appeared sporadically as a singer. In 1945 he took over an opera singing class at the Fryderyk Chopin Music School and in 1948 became director of the Warsaw Opera . In 1950 he founded the Opera Studio in Gdansk, from which the Polska Filharmonia Baltica emerged . From 1957 he taught at the Higher State Music School (renamed the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in 1979 and in 2008 the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music ). In 1974 his textbook Elementy techniki wokalnej was published .


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