Bernard Ładysz

One of Poland’s most eminent opera singers. He started his voice education in Vilnius, and continued it with Wacław Filipowicz at Warsaw’s Higher School of Music. In 1946–1950 he was a soloist in the Representative Artistic Ensemble of the Polish Armed Forces; in 1950–1979 he sang at Warsaw Opera and Teatr Wielki.

He won the highest prize in the Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli (1956). Ładysz scored successes in major opera houses worldwide. He was the first Polish artist to sing the solo part in a Columbia Records recording of an opera (Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, featuring Maria Callas). Also for Columbia he recorded an LP of operatic arias by Verdi and Russian composers. In his repertoire, he had such contemporary Polish compositions as Karol Szymanowski’s King Roger and others. He sang in the world premieres of Krzysztof Penderecki’s St Luke Passion, Utrenya, and The Devils of Loudun. He also appeared in feature films (such as, among others, Wajda’s The Promised Land) and in musicals (Fiddler on the Roof).

His prestigious accolades include: The Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis (2006), The Golden Fryderyk (2016), as well as an honorary doctorate of Warsaw’s Fryderyk Chopin Academy (now – University of Music, 2008).
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