On Thursday, June 16, 2022, project associate Nada Bezić was a guest on the show “Nepregledno blago” edited by Vesna Jurić Rukavina on Radio Sljeme. She presented Irma Polak, the Croatian-Slovenian operetta queen who eventually became the “manager of the gramophone salon”, i.e. the record shop of the Edison Bell Penkala company in Oktogon, Zagreb. There, she would often deal with the EBP records of her husband, the famous Aleksandar Aca Binički…
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Few people actually know about Irma Polak. From the age of 16, she performed in the theater, first in Ljubljana and Vienna, and from 1901 in Zagreb at the Croatian National Theater. As a soprano, she performed about 40 operatic and 80 operetta roles, becoming a famous operetta singer. Her husband was Aleksandar Binički, director, actor and opera singer, member of the Opera of Croatian National Theater. In 1920, they founded the Pick cabaret.
(Nada Bezić, Nepregledno blago)