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Following the Voice. In Search of Marcella Sembrich

documentary, 75 min, in development

  • director : Radka Franczak
  • producer: Katarzyna Ślesicka
  • produced by: Film Frame (Fundacja Filmowa im. Władysława Ślesickiego) / PL
  • partners: Otter Films / PL; C41 Media / USA; Trailer and More / PL
  • support: Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej

Her talent was discovered and brought to the world by Franz Liszt. She conquered the greatest opera stages, performed in front of audiences of thousands, sang before almost all European Royalty. Among her closest friends were Otto von Bismarck, Tsar Alexander II of Russia, Puccini, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Caruso, Mark Twain, Clara Schuman.

Marcella Sembrich came from a poor Polish village family living in a region that today belongs to Ukraine. Then Dresden became her home town, and after that – Berlin. She escaped war in Europe, at the last moment, taking almost nothing with her to New York and leaving her children. She became the star of the Metropolitan Opera and remained so for 25 years.

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