December 15, 2013

THE POLISH DIASPORA: PART 6 FAMOUS POLISH BRAZILIANS

ZBIGNIEW HENRIQUE MOROZOWICZ(alias HENRIQUE DE CURITIBA)

Famous Polish Brazilians - ZBIGNIEW HENRIQUE MOROZOWICZ(alias HENRIQUE DE CURITIBA)

"Henrique de Curitiba".Morozowicz' success was largely due to the influence of his parents, who emigrated to Brazil in 1873. His father enjoyed a successful career in dancing and choreography, and performed often at the prestigious opera house La Scala, in Milan, Italy. Henrique's interest in music was nurtured by his mother, who was a pianist. Her influence lead him to study music at the Curitiba Music and Arts School from which he graduated in 1953. He played the organ at the city cathedral but soon relocated to Sao Paulo to study piano and composition at the Escola Livre de Musica. In 1960 he traveled to Poland to embark on further studies. In 1981 Henrique earned his Master's Degree at Cornell University, and under the guidance of his mentor of Karel Husa. Morozowicz had composed more than 150 works, many of them choral arrangements.

During the 1980s and 1990s he taught at the UFPR (Federal University of Parana) and UFG (Universidade Federal de Goiás). He once described his music as a blend of elements from Western and Brazilian ethnic cultures. The interpretation of his compositions are as fearless and powerful as are the Polish eople who have suffered centuries of invasions, massacres, and political repression. Morozowicz was a true Polish patriot.

Among his great works are Ja Vem a Primavera, Pingos d'agua, A minha cidade, Canto ao sol, Da importância de viver, Parábola, Romance, Filosofia, and Ante uma tarde bonita que finda, among many other wonderful compositions. Sadly he died in Curitiba on February 22, 2008

To read about the history of Polish in Brazil please click on the following link. It is a thesis written by Deloise Chagas Lima in the Graduate School at Florida State University: entitled, Henrique de Curitiba Morozowicz: A Biography and Discussion of Selected Vocal and Instrumental Works with Piano.





Henrique de Curitiba - Vocalize - Para orquestra de cordas (00:05:11m)




LETICIA WIERZCHOWSKI
 
Famous Polish Brazilians - LETICIA WIERZCHOWSKI
Leticia Wierzchowski is a popular Polish-Brazilian author who has written sixteen novels most centered on historical fiction, as well as writing children's literature.  Her stories weave elements set on a stage of war and revolution from her European heritage and that of life in her new home, Brazil.  She was born in Brasil and is the granddaughter of a Polish emigrant. Her most successful book is  A Casa das Sete Mulheres (House of the Seven Women)  (2002) which tells the story of the lives of women whose husbands joined the uprising in the Ragamuffin War in the mid-19th century.  House of Seven Women has been translated into five languages and adapted for television miniseries aired in 23 countries. 

 (Editors Note: The Ragamuffin War was the one of the bloodiest uprisings in the war for independence against the Brazilian empire.  The rebels, led by Generals Bento Goncalves da Silva, and Antonia de Sousa Neto fought with the support of Italian freedom fighter Giuseppe Garibaldi, but they failed to usurp the imperial powers and surrendered in 1945.)



Motobrás - Dia da Mulher_Letícia Wierzchowski (00:00:16sec)
http://www.leticiawierzchowski.com.br/


Leticia Wierzchowski has writted other books such as:
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O dragão de Wawel e outras lendas polonesas
The Wawel Dragon and Other Polish Tales
(Stories about Polish culture)

Uma ponte para Terebin
A Bridge to Terebin
(The story of Jan Wierzchowski, her grandfather, who emigrated to Brazil just before World War II broke out.)

Cristal Polônes
Polish Crystal

O Anjo e o Resto de Nós
The Angel and the Rest of Us (1998)

Prata do Tempo
Time Silvery (1999)

eu@teamo.com.br
I@loveyou.com.br (1999)

O Pintor que Escrevia
The Painter Who Writes ( 2003)

Um Farol no Pampa
A Lighthouse on the Pampa (2004)

De um Grande Amor e uma Perdição Maior Ainda
A Great Love and A Great Doom (2007)

Os Aparados - 2009
Children books

Todas as Coisas querem ser Outras Coisas
All the Things who want to be Other Things (2006)

O Menino Paciente
The Patient Boy (2007)

Era uma Vez um Gato Xadrez
Once there was a Checkered Cat (2008)



PAULO SZOT

Famous Polish Brazilians - PAULO SZOT
Paulo Szot has stolen the hearts of music aficiandos around the world, and has garnered the reputation of being quite a heart throb, often referred to as a "Barihunk".  Were it not for a knee injury he suffered at the age of 21, the world would never know his great talent and remarkable baritone voice.

Szot was born in Brazil of Polish parents who emigrated after the end of World War II. A prodigy at the age of five, he began his musical training in earnest, quickly progressing to violin and classical ballet.  After his knee injury put an end to his dancing ambitions, he embarked on a career in singing, upon the encouragement of his instructor-mentor.

Famous Polish Brazilians - PAULO SZOT 

Paulo Szot made his operatic debut in 1997at the famous Metropolitan Opera.  A year later he made his Broadway debut in South Pacific, performing the role of Emile De Becque - it won him the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, and he was bestowed with a string of other awards, honours, and nominations.  Having won a Tony is impressive, but only more so because Szot is the first Brazilian, that is Polish-Brazilian, to achieve such a lofty honour.

He studied at the prestigious Jagiellonian University in Poland and began singing professionally in 1990.   He performed at the Municipal Theatre of Sao Paulo, New York City Opera, Palm Beach Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, Opera de Marseille, and Vlaamse Opera, among others.He also performmed at La Scala in Miln, Italy.  Among his operatic performances were L'elisir d'amore, La Boheme, Don Giovanni, Cavalleria rusticana, I Pagliacci, Carmen, Cosi fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Maria Golovin, The Nose.





paulo szot (00:04:13m)


Awards and Nominations

Best Vocal Performance  (2000)
Premio Carlos Gomes

Best Actor in a Musical (2008)
Winner of the Theatre World Award

Best Actor in a Musical (2008)
Winner of Drama Desk

Best Actor in a Musical (2008)
Winner Outer Critics Award

Best Actor in a Musical (2008)
Winner Tony Award

Medal Zasłużony Kulturze (Medal for Merit to Culture)
"Gloria Artis" Highest Honorary Mention

Jornal Globo
Winner Prêmio Faz Diferença

Best Actor in a Musical (2012)
Nomination of Laurence Olivier Award



STAGE PRODUCTIONS

1996
Teatro Paulo Eiró- São Paulo        The Barber of Seville

1997
Sesc Ipiranga- São Paulo Gianni Scchicchi
Teatro Municipal de Santo André  The Barber of Seville

1998
Teatro Alfa Real- São Paulo          La Bohème
Teatro Municipal de São Paulo     Carmen
Teatro Municipal de São Paulo     La Bohème
Festival Ópera de Manaus             L’Elisir d’Amore

1999
Teatro Alfa Real- São Paulo          Don Giovanni
Teatro São Pedro-SP                     The Barber of Seville
Municipal de São Paulo                 Don Giovanni
Teatro São Pedro de Porto Alegre  The Barber of Seville
Teatro Amazonas                             O Guarani

2000
Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro         Carmen
Teatro Alfa Real- São Paulo                    Cavaleria Rusticana
Teatro Alfa Real- São Paulo                    I Pagliacci
Teatro Rio de Janeiro                               Die Fledermaus
Teatro Municipal de São Paulo                 Cavaleria Rusticana
Teatro Municipal de São Paulo                 I Pagliacci

2001
Municipal do Rio de Janeiro           Tanhäuser
Teatro Alfa- São Paulo                   Carmen
Teatro Municipal de São Paulo      Carmen
Teatro Amazonas                           Don Giovanni
Teatro Amazonas                           La Bohème
Teatro Municipal de São Paulo     Hansel and Gretel

2002
Teatro Amazonas                Manon
Teatro Alfa - São Paulo       Manon
Teatro Amazonas                I Pagliacci

2003
Teatro Municipal de São Paulo  Hansel and Gretel
Teatro Amazonas                 Cavaleria Rusticana
Teatro São Pedro- SP         Don Pasqual
Teatro Municipal de Santo André  Don Pasquale
Porto Alegre                          Merry Widow
New York City Opera            Carmen
Michigan Opera                    Don Giovanni

2004
New York City Opera           Le Nozze di Figaro
Palm Beach Opera              Carmen
Ópera de Marseille              Eugene Onegin
Teatro Sérgio Cardoso        Orfeo

2005
New York City Opera            L’elisir d’Amore
Festival de Campos do Jordão  Rita
Opera de Marseille              Dido and Aeneas
Opera de Toulon                  Don Giovanni
Opera de Bordeaux             Don Giovanni

2006
Opera de Marseille                Cosi Fan Tutte
Opera de Marseille                Maria Golovin

2007
Opera de Nice                       Cosi Fan Tutte
Boston                                    Le Nozze di Figaro
Spoleto Opera Festival - Italy  Maria Golovin
Liceo de Barcelona                 Le Portrait de Manon
Vlaamse Opera- Antwerp       Le Nozze di Figaro

2008
Vlaamse Opera - Ghent                    Le Nozze di Figaro
Lincoln Center Theater- New York    South Pacific
Opera de Marseille                            Merry Widow

2009
Lincoln Center Theater - New York          South Pacific

2010
Metropolitan Opera New York                   The Nose
Lincoln Center Theater - New York           South Pacific

2011
Metropolitan Opera New York    Carmen
Opera Garnier de Paris              Cosi Fan Tutte
Barbican - London                      South Pacific
San Francisco Opera                 Carmen
Oxford                                        South Pacific

2012
Metropolitan Opera House New York      Manon
Aix En Provence Festival                         Le Nozze di Figaro
Washington Opera                                   Don Giovanni

2013
Opera di Roma                     The Nose
Teatro Alla Scala                  A Dog's Heart
Metropolitan Opera              The Nose
Metropolitan Opera              Die Fledermaus






ALESSANDRA CORINE AMBROSIO

Famous Polish Brazilians - SuperModel Ambrosio
Alessandra began modelling classes at the tender age of 12 and within three years was modelling professionally for Dilson Stein.  Her career skyrocketed when she competed in Brazil's Model Look landing her a photo cover for Brazilian Elle Magazine, followed by a string of dream jobs: photo ads for Guess, Revlon, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and many others, as well as runway modelling for Prada, Chanel, and Oscar de la Renta, just to name a few.

Ambrosio has made numerous appearances on television talk shows, as had a cameo role in the movie Casino Royale (Tennis Girl#1).
In 2004 she launched her label of swimwear called Alessandra Ambrosio by Sais (a division of Rosa Cha).  In its first month on the market, her label sold 10,000 units.


Famous Polish Brazilians - SuperModel Ambrosio

But she is best known for being one of the Victoria Secret Angels, and is the first spokesmodel for the company's PINK line.  Ambrosio is the symbol behind the Brazialian sportswear label Colcci and appeared in a very hot, very sexy ad with Ashton Kutcher.  

Forbes Magazine ranked Ambrosio Number 5 on the list of The World's Top-Earning Models.  Her annual earnings (for the year 2010-2011) was estimated to be $ 5 Million Dollars! 
Ambrosio also appeared in the Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics, as part of the Brazilian contingent in the handover ceremony.




Before I Was a Supermodel: Alessandra Ambrosio (00:01:38m)


Alessandra also devotes her time as ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Ambrosio was born in Erechim, Brazil. Though her parents are Italian, and Polish-Brazilian, she is still the pride and joy of Polish fans everywhere!





ANSELMO VENDRECHOVSKI JUNIOR

Famous Polish Brazilians - ANSELMO VENDRECHOVSKI JUNIOR

In Brazil football is a religion, and where top players are worshiped as national heroes. All the more true when Anselmo is playing.  He is a Brazilian football player whose great-grandparents were Polish.  Poland -  the second country where football reigns Supreme. What a great heritage!

Juninho, as he is affectionally called plays for Liga MX club Tigres de la UANL.    He is central defender and his ability to score goals is nothing less than sublime.   Previously he played for the Sao Paulo team, but in 2009 signed back with club Botafogo.  However, Tigres would have none of that and offered him a more lucrative contract.  Since then he plays for Tigres.   His first goal was scored against Santos, 1-0 on a free kick in the 8th minute!

Anselmo has received many honours in his career, such as:
Famous Polish Brazilians - ANSELMO VENDRECHOVSKI JUNIOR
Club Tigres UANL
Primera Division de Mexico
Winner 1.  Apertura 2011

Club Coritb
Parana Stte League
Winner 2:  2003, 2004

Club Botafogo
Taco Rio
Winner 1:  2007
Taca Guanabara
Winner 1:  2009

Club Sao Paulo
Brazilian Serie A:
Winner 1:  2008





Juninho - Defender (00:54:25m)





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