Ada Sari Festival kicks off
PR dla Zagranicy
Nowy Sącz, in southern Poland, hosts the Ada Sari Festival, which attracts international talent in memory of the Polish-born opera singer.
The famous Argentinian singer and conductor Jose Cura has directed the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, the Polish Radio Choir and the Górecki Chamber Choir in the performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony ‘The Resurrection’.
The concert, held in the Holy Cross Church in Nowy Sącz, inaugurated the Ada Sari Festival, dedicated to the great Polish soprano who spent her childhood in the nearby Stary Sącz, where her father served as mayor.
The focal point on the festival programme is a vocal competition which has been entered by 70 young singers from 11 countries (Poland, Belarus, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Britain, India, the United States, Turkey and China).
Founded in 1885, the Ada Sari Vocal Competition is held every two years.
Born in 1886, Ada Sari studied music in Kraków, Vienna and Milan. After making her professional debut in Rome in 1909, he developed a spectacular career which included performances in some of the most prestigious venues in Europe (The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ at La Scala in 1923 at the invitation of Toscanini), the United States (Carnegie Hall) and South America. She returned to Poland in 1934 and sang at the Grand Opera in Warsaw.
During the Second World War, she directed an underground opera studio in Warsaw and started teaching. After the war she continued to perform in operas and on the concert stage for two years, after which she devoted herself exclusively to teaching.
She died in 1968, at the age of 82.
For more information about the festival, click here. (mk/rg)