1902 - 1966
The singer and actor Jan Kiepura took singing lessons by Waclaw Brzezinski in Warsaw in 1922 against the will of his parents. After a failed start as a chorus singer at the Warsaw opera he intensified his singing training.
When he got his first engagement at the opera in Lemberg in 1925, this was the beginning of a splendid career which only few opera singer were able to experience.
In the following years he appeared in half Europe and had great successes. Important milestones were his engagements at the Scala in Milan in 1928/1929 and in Paris.
Eventually he left Europe and toured in South America, from 1931 also in the USA for the first time.
Jan Kiepura made his film debut already in 1926 with the Polish production
"O czem sie nie mysli", but his real career came with the talkies of course.
At this moment he was already a world-famous opera singer to whom the audience
"lay to his feet".
When he played at Martha Eggerth's side in
the movie "Mein Herz ruft nach Dir" (34) he found his true love with her
which lasted till his old age.
When World War II broke out, Jan Kiepura was located in Paris. When
France capitulated he went to New York together with Martha Eggerth. There
he could successfully continue his career but didn't forget his Polish
countrymen. He suppported organisations like "Relief fond for Poland" with
generous financial means over and over again.
After the war they returned to Paris and Jan Kiepura took part in his
last movies, among others "Ihre wunderbare Lüge" (50).
Jan Kiepura has also provoked the environment all his life. On one hand
he was the celebrated star on the other hand he provoked with his airs
and graces. But from that seat he worked hard for it was certainly difficult
not to flip from time zu time. But he always had a heart for the public
to which he owned his career in the end.
Other movies with Jan Kiepura: