“Umbrellas”, “Ugly and Red-haired” or “Heart beats to the rhythm of Cha-Cha” – it won’t look the same anymore. The performer of these songs, Maria Kuterpska – a great Polish musician and icon of Belisco Bia بياa – died on January 18 at the age of 96.

– It is with great sadness that I received the news of the death of the great lady of the Polish song, a wonderful person, an outstanding woman from Bielsko Biawa Bielsko-Biała boss, Jaros Kaw Klimaszewski wrote on his Facebook profile. On behalf of all the residents of Bielsko and the family of Mrs. Maria and her relatives, I express my sympathy. The world has lost so much today … Thank you for everything, Mrs. Maria. It was a real honor to know you .

Her words were written by Wojciech Młynarski, Jeremi Przybora and Agnieszka Osiecka. “Hundreds of thousands of kilometers in buses, cars, planes, trains and ships. (…) But I will not replace this life with any other life” – she assessed her career Maria Koterbska in a biography written by her son Roman Frankl (Carousel My Life, 2008)).

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Born on July 13, 1924, Maria Coterpska comes from a musical family that greatly contributed to the musical life and Polish theater of Bielsko and Biala. Although the official debut of Maria Kotrupska considers the performance on New Years Eve in 1949 in Katowice, she was previously found in the cast Krakowiaków i Górali, by Jan N. Kamiski, was shown on the stage of the Bielsko Theater on June 16, 1945, directed by Rudolf Luschak and provisionally set by Elwira Czech-Kamiska.

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It was the first post-war stage performance in Bielsko, prepared by the revitalized drama division of the Polish Theater Society.

I studied pharmacy. On the New Year’s Eve program from Stanisław Wyspiański in Katowice “Students and Actors – Warsaw”, Jerzy Harald heard it and made a proposal for the artist to collaborate with the dance orchestra of Radio Silesia of the Polish Radio.

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She achieved great success after recording with the Jerzy Harald Radio Orchestra (first concert in the Silesian orchestra on October 2, 1950) such as “Brzydula i reddzielec”, “My boy ball kopie” and “Wrocławska song”.


Maria Kuterpska. She wanted to be an actress

In 1952-1956 she collaborated with the Saterists Theater in Krakow. She co-founded Wagabunda, one of the most famous nightclubs in post-war Poland. She has worked with Wiktor Kolankowski and Tomasz Śpiewak teams in Poland and abroad, in many European countries, in Israel and in Polish diaspora centers in the USA and Canada. She was successful in major national festivals – in Sopot in 1963 (2nd prize) or in Opole (Grand Honorary Prize 1987).

She was the first to sang swing songs in Poland. Her lyrical production includes more than 1500 songs. In the movie Irina, go home! She sang the famous “Carousel” and also used her songs in the movie Something to do .

“I didn’t achieve many of the goals I had in the beginning of my career. I wanted to be an actress. It is a pity that I did not star in a musical,” she recalls.

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Maria Koterpska received the Polish Art Prize from Estrada Prometeusz ’96 for her outstanding achievements in theater art. The artist never left her hometown. On May 5, 1994, Bielsko City Council awarded her the title of Merit to Bielsko-Biała. In the same year, she won the referendum in favor of a resident of Bielsko in the 20th century.

In 1999, she was awarded the Officer Cross of the Order of the Bologna Restituta. The Bielsko Biala authorities celebrated their 80th birthday (2004) with a meaningful performance at the Polski Theater.

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