Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa
Aleksandra Kurzak
President of the Competition

   “It was as if the heady days of the Bel Canto Revival, with Sills, Sutherland and Callas, were back again, eerie and unforgettable.” – wrote Theodore Deacon in Opera Magazine about Aleksandra’s Kurzak debut in the part of Lucia.

At age of only 27, being a soloist of the Staatsoper in Hamburg, she made her debuts at two worlds most prestigious opera stages: the Metropolitan Opera in New York (as Olympia) and Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London (Aspasia). Since that time she performs regularly on the most important stages of the world, including: MET (Blonda, Gilda, Gretel), ROH (Norina, Adina, Susanna, Matilde di Shabran, Donna Fiorilla, Rosina), Seattle Opera (Lucia), Wiener Staatsoper (Rosina, Adina, Susanna), Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (Cleopatra, Adela, Rosina, Donna Fiorilla), Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse (Gilda), Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Gilda, Susanna, recital), Theater an der Wien (Donna Anna, Amenaide), Palau de les Arts in Valence (Adina), Lyric Opera House in Chicago (Blonda), Berlin Staatsoper (Queen of the Night), Salzburger Festspiele (Ännchen, Donna Anna, recital), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (Carmina Burana), Teatro La Fenice in Venice (Donna Anna), Teatro Regio di Torino (Violetta), Teatro Real in Madrid (Susanna), Arena di Verona (Rosina), Los Angeles Opera (Fiordiligi).

   As first Polish singer in history Aleksandra Kurzak has signed an exclusive contract with DECCA. In August 2011 her first solo CD Gioia! was edited. She has also recorded Fryderyk Chopin’s Songs for the Fryderyk Chopin Institute – this CD was awarded the prestigious  Diapason d'or du mois given by the French magazine Diapason.

   She has two times received the scholarship of the Polish Minister of Culture, as well as the scholarship of Aleksander Gudzowaty foundation Crescendum Est – Polonia. She has also received Prizes from the President of Wrocław, the Silesian Governor and the Minister of Culture. 

   In 2009 she received a PhD in Music.

   She is a laureate of singing competitions in Warsaw, Helsinki, Barcelona and Canton.

  Aleksandra Kurzak has collaborated with such conductors, as Maurizio Benini, Ivor Bolton, Bruno Campanella, James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Riccardo Frizza, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Rene Jacobs, Nicola Luisotti, Sir Charles Mackerras, Ingo Metzmacher, Daniel Oren, Antonio Pappano, Carlo Rizzi.

   In the close future Aleksandra Kurzak will appear as Violetta in Warsaw, Frankfurt and the Staatsoper in Berlin, Marie in La fille du regiment and Violetta in the Vienna Staatsoper, Julia in Arena di Verona, Gilda in New York’s MET, San Francisco, Warsaw, Zurich and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Lucia and Violetta in Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Adina in ROH Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Elvira in Puritani in Bilbao and Adele in  Le comte Ory in Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.

updated: June 2012

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