On February 24 the Kosciuszko Foundation presents “Donna,” a concert featuring Metropolitan Opera singers Edyta Kulczak, mezzo-soprano and Dísella Làrusdóttir, soprano, accompanied by Tadeusz Domanowski, piano. The concert is dedicated to a legendary Polish opera singer Marcella Sembrich-Kochańska on her 160 Birthday Anniversary. A wine reception will follow the concert.
Marcella Sembrich (1858-1935) was born into a poor family in a small village in partitioned Poland, and died in NYC as a star, a millionaire and a great philanthropist. She was a good friend of Caruso, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Schubert, Bismarck, Twain, Modrzejewska, Paderewski, and Sienkiewicz. Her talent was discovered by Franz Liszt who told her: “sing, sing for the world ‘cause you have a voice of an angel.” Over the course of her life, Sembrich conquered the world’s biggest stages, and crowned heads of Russia, England, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Austria, and other European countries admired her voice. She was a leading artist during the first season of the newly founded Metropolitan Opera and remained its star for 25 years. Marcella Sembrich was a great Polish patriot involved in the fight for the Polish cause during WW I and was one of the first supporters of the Kosciuszko Foundation.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
Donna Concert feat. Edyta Kulczak, mezzo & Dísella Làrusdóttir, soprano
The Kosciuszko Foundation
15 E 65th Street, NYC
Info & Tickets: www.thekf.org
[Sources: press release, thekf.org]