Tadeusz Wroński

Thaddeus Ziembinski Wronski (born Tadeusz; 13 September 1887 – 24 May 1965) was a Polish-American opera singer, theatrical manager, teacher, and innovator. He dedicated much of his life to innovative approaches to teaching singers.

Born in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland, he studied in Warsaw, Milan, and Paris under Vincenzo Maria Pintorno, Maria Maddalena Fratini, André Caplet, Édouard de Reszke, and Jean de Reszke. He first went to the United States in 1911 and immigrated in 1913. As a baritone, he initially sang for the Boston Opera, but, he did not abandon his native land, Poland. He worked with Ignacy Jan Paderewiski to raise over $500,000 for Poland and recruited men for the Polish army during World War I. He became the head of the National Recording Studio launching his lifelong work to improve singing through the use of phonographic technology. In 1921, he returned from a trip to Poland and planned to open a studio in New York City. In that same year, he published The Singer And His Art.

He moved to Detroit initially as a teacher, but, he became the director of the Detroit Civic Opera from 1928 to 1938. His production of Aidia in 1930 incorporated the use of African American actors, a dramatic move for that era. In 1938, the Detroit company began to struggle financially and he resigned moving to Los Angeles in 1939. In California, he pursued his hope to improve American singing through recording technology. He prepared a set of recordings of commonly sung pieces without the voice. This “music minus one” approach gives singers an opportunity to develop their skills without the need for a live accompanist or group. Eventually moving to San Diego, he died in 1965 in San Diego. He had one son.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1887, Died 1965

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1924

Roles Represented in DAHR: baritone vocal, arranger, speaker

Notes: Name appears in Victor ledgers as Thaddeus Wronski.

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 183 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-16675 10-in. 10/19/1915 Na wschod patrzac Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-16676 10-in. 10/19/1915 O Gwiazdeczko Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-16677 10-in. 10/19/1915 Dziewcze teraz czas Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-16678 10-in. 10/19/1915 Nie wydrzecie Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-16679 10-in. 10/19/1915 Piosnka o Pocalunku Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-16680 10-in. 10/19/1915 Szynkareczko Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-16684 10-in. 10/21/1915 Polonez Kosciuszkowski Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-16691 10-in. 10/21/1915 Lecz zolnierz stalym ma być Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-16692 10-in. 10/21/1915 Haslo Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-16693 10-in. 10/21/1915 Marsz Sokolów Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-16694 10-in. 10/21/1915 Hymn Polski Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-16695 10-in. 10/21/1915 Nasz Chlopicki Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-29583 10-in. 3/6/1924 Matko nie opuszczaj nas Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-29584 10-in. 3/6/1924 Dreczy lud biedny Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-29595 10-in. 3/11/1924 Bili się raz dwaj cyganie Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-29596 10-in. 3/11/1924 Jeszcze raz Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-29638 10-in. 3/10/1924 Czemuź ty dziewczyno Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-29639 10-in. 3/10/1924 Za niemen het precz Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-29640 10-in. 3/10/1924 Jedzie jedzie na kasztance Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-29641 10-in. 3/10/1924 Przywędrował niedźwiedź kudłaty Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-30154 10-in. 6/3/1924 W Warszawaie w noc powstanie Polski Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with violin and piano vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-30155 10-in. 6/3/1924 W Polskiej wsi Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-30156 10-in. 6/3/1924 W Polskiej wsi Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-30157 10-in. 6/3/1924 Niemowa muzyk Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with accordion vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-30228 10-in. 6/2/1924 Moje słoneczko Tadeusz Wroński Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 183 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wroński, Tadeusz," accessed July 23, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100898.

Wroński, Tadeusz. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100898.

"Wroński, Tadeusz." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 23 July 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100898

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