An den schonen blauen Donau.. ADA SARI
coloratura soprano ADA SARI "Caro Nome" Rigoletto
Ada Sari was born Jadwiga Schayera in Wadowice, Poland on June 29,1886. Her father was Edward Szayera, a well-known
lawyer, her mother Frances. At three years of age, she moved with her family to Stary Sącz. Her father opened a law firm there and
eventually became mayor, serving for seventeen years. She began her music education soon after finishing primary school, and
studied music theory, singing privately in Cieszyn and Krakow. In 1905 she was accepted in a private music school in Vienna
operated by Countess Pizzamano. Two years later she studied with Antonio Rupnicek in Milan.
In 1909 Sari made her professional opera debut at the Teatro Nazionale in Rome, in the role of Marguerite in Charles Gounod's
Faust. For the next three years she appeared at major opera house in Italy, like the famed Scala, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, La
Fenice, and the Teatro della Pergola. From 1912 to 1914 she had enormous successes at the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, the
Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo, the Teatro Dal Verme, the Teatro Regio di Parma, the Teatro del Giglio,and the opera house in
Brescia. She was much admired in her role of Berthe in Giacomo Meyerbeer's
Le prophète and Arsena in The Gypsy Baron performed at the Teatro di San Carlo. She also performed Santuzza in Mascagni's
Cavalleria rusticana and Nedda in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.
Early in 1914 Sari was widely acclaimed for her title role as heroine in Jules Massenet's Thaïs, at the Great Theatre in Warsaw
where she also performed the title role of Tamara in Anton Rubinstein's The Demon with Mattia Battistini. By the spring of 1914 Sari
embarked on an extended concert tour of Russia with a troupe of Italian singers. They stayed in Moscow and Saint Petersburg for
performances at the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres as well as at Lemberg, Kiev, and Kraków.
In the midst of Sari's tour, World War I broke out and the soprano decided to accept a contract from the Vienna State Opera in the
autumn of 1914 since Vienna did not appear to be under any immediate military threat. Two years later she left to join a group of
singers at the opera house in Lviv. In 1917 she returned to the Great Theatre in Warsaw and performed roles such as Lucia,
Marguerite de Valois in Les Huguenots, and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
When World War I came to an end, Sari toured extensively in South America, mostly at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 1921
she embarked on a concert tour of North America, and made appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Auditorium
Building of Roosevelt University in Chicago. She was invited by Toscanini to portray the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute for
the opening of La Scala's 1923-1924 season.
Her voice had a broad resonance with a clear timbre and it made her one the leading coloratura sopranos of her generation. During
the first half of the 20th century she performed on the stages of the most famous opera houses and concert halls in Europe. Her
career took her to the best opera houses and concert halls in Europe. Her signature roles included Gilda in Rigoletto, Mimi in La
bohème, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Violetta in La traviata, and the title roles in Lakmé and Lucia di Lammermoor. Her
performances in North America and South America were highly acclaimed.
Sari was dubbed "The Queen of coloratur" and the "new Patti" by the Italian press and she enjoyed a great deal of popularity
among audiences everywhere she performed.. During her career she appeared opposite many famous singers, including Mattia
Battistini, Beniamino Gigli, Aureliano Pertile, Titta Ruffo, and Tito Schipa among many others. She collaborated with many well
known conductors like Sergei Koussevitzky, Tullio Serafin, and Arturo Toscanini, and also appeared with many great performers
such as Fritz Kreisler, Wilhelm Backhaus, and Pablo Casals.
For the next ten years, Sari gave a series of triumphant concert tours throughout Europe and North America, making regular
appearances in Poland. She moved back to Warsaw in 1934 and sang frequently at the Wielki Theatre. During the Second World
War, she directed an underground opera studio in Warsaw and after the end of the war she continued to perform in opera houses
in Wroclaw and Krakow, as well as giving concerts and broadcast. In 1936, she began teaching on the side and proved to be
excellent in this field as well. Many famous singers graduated from her class, such as Halina Mickiewiczówna de Larzac, Bogna
Sokorska, Urszula Trawińska-Moroz, and Maria Foltyn.
In 1947 she retured from the state and devoted herself to teaching for many years. She died at the age of 82 at a sanatorium in
Ciechocinek in 1968.