Marjan’s Musical Soirees Spotlights Tenor Jan Kiepura

By Afton Wooten

The Marjan’s Musical Soirees podcast released a new episode focusing on the Polish tenor Jan Kiepura (1902-66).

The podcast features the late tenor’s son, pianist Marjan Kiepura, and is hosted by Jane Knox-Kiepura. The duo will recount Kiepura’s opera career in this episode.

Kiepura was one of the most well-known tenors and film stars in the 20th century. He made his debut at the Lvov Opera in 1924 in Moniuszko’s “Halka” before going on to perform on opera stages throughout Europe and the Americas. He graced the stages of Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, Paris Operas, and the Metropolitan Opera, where he frequented lead tenor roles in “Tosca,” “Rigoletto,” “Carmen,” “Manon,” and “Aida,” among others.

In addition to his operatic career, Kiepura appeared in 19 films. Alongside his wife Hungarian soprano and film star Marta Eggert (1912-2013), Kiepura featured in the film adaptations of Franz Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” and “Zarewitch” and the operetta “Polonaise.”

The husband and wife team began Marjan’s Musical Soirees” podcast in 2021. Episodes feature performances by both Marjan and Jane, as well as histories and insights to classical music and opera.