Obituary: Distinguished Teacher & Soloist Helena Łazarska Dies at 88

By Chris Ruel

Professor Helena Łazarska passed away on October 28, 2022, at 88 years of age. Łazarska is a former Head of the Vocal Department at the Krakow Academy of Music.

Łazarska began taking singing lessons in Krakow and graduated from the Krakow Academy of Music after studying under Prof. Erazma Janowicz-Kopaczynska.

Her eight-year career was filled with Mozart, playing the roles of Pamina, Zerlina, Elvira, Susanna, Countess, and Ilia at the Silesian Opera.

Łazarska’s admiration for Mozart’s music continued during her teaching career as she became a full professor at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg. Other teaching highlights include positions at conservatories in Katowice, Gdansk, and Krakow. Her last academic position was on the vocal faculty at Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, a job she held since 1991.

As a member of juries, she adjudicated in competitions worldwide and even established her own, the Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition, in 1985.

Łazarska was the recipient of the Officer’s Cross of the Polonia Restituta in 1999. In 2008, she was awarded a Glory Artis of the highest class in recognition of her significant contribution to Polish culture.