Malgorzata Walewska dramatic mezzo-soprano.
Malgorzata Walewska is one of the world’s leading dramatic mezzo-sopranos, enjoying an international operatic career. Born in Poland, she graduated from the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw under the tutelage of Professor Halina Slonicka. In 1991 during her studies, she made her operatic debut on stage at the Polish National Opera performing the role of Aza in Manru. M
algorzata Walewska dramatic mezzo-soprano.
In 1992 she was awarded first prize in the Alfredo Kraus International Competition in Las Palmas. She was a finalist of the Luciano Pavarotti Vocal Competition in Philadelphia as well as Belvedere Competition in Vienna. That same year she was a winner of two Best Mezzo-soprano awards in the Moniuszko International Competition in Warsaw. In subsequent years, Ms. Walewska was engaged by the Vienna State Opera where she debuted her role as Polina in The Queen of Spades. Performances of Carmen, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Pierotto in Linda di Chamounix followed. She was invited to share the stage with artists such as Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo.
In 1999, the artist collaborated with the Semperoper Opera House in Dresden. There she performed the roles of Ms. Quickly in Falstaff and Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera. That same year, she appeared at the Deutsche Oper Berlin once again as Ms Quickly followed by Amneris in Aida and for the first time Azucena in Il trovatore. She was invited to return to Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2007 to take part in Cassandra and again in 2011 as the title heroin in Samson et Dalila.
In 2005, Ms. Walewska made her Metropolitan Opera stage debut in the title role of Dalila in Samson et Dalila opposite tenor José Cura. She was invited to return to the Metropolitan Opera to perform as Amneris and Dalila again. Shortly thereafter, she performed for the first time in Japan at the New National Theatre in Tokyo as Eboli in Don Carlos.
The year 2009 was market for Malgorzata Walewska with her debut engagement at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in the role of Azucena, opposite tenor Roberto Alagna. In 2012, she made her first appearance at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City as Amme in Frau Ohne Schatten. The same year, at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, she performed in one of her favourite operas Samson et Dalila, under Maestro Michel Plasson. In 2015, she debuted her role as Kundry in Parsifal and performed the part of Countess in The Queen of Spades at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg.
In the beginning of the 2016/2017 season Malgorzata Walewska sang the part of the Widow in premiere production of Goplana by W. Żeleński at the Polish National Opera. The production has been awarded with the Opera Award in the Rediscovered Work category.
The following season she has recorded W. Kilar’s Missa pro pace with the Podlaska Philharmonic Orchestra and the part of Jochebed in A. Rubinstein’s religious opera Moses with the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the baton of Michail Jurowski. She has also performed Mistress Quickly in Falstaff at the Oper Köln in Germany, where she has returned a season later as The Auntie in a premiere production of Peter Grimes. The same season the artist performed the part of Zofia in the world premiere of The Man from Manufaktura composed by the winner of International Opera Composition Competition, Rafał Janiak, at the Grand Theatre in Łódź. She has also debuted in the part of The Old Lady in a premiere production of Candide at the Krakow Opera.
In the 2019/2020 season Malgorzata Walewska performed the Unknown, I Live with You installation at the Opera Rara Festival in Krakow and the Kurt Weill Fest in Dessau. The following season she started with performances at the Inauguration Gala concert of the Wrocław Opera.
The highlights of Malgorzata Walewska’s 2020/2021 season are her performances in the role of Bona in the premiere of Henryk Jarecki’s Barbara Radziwiłłówna at the Polish National Opera as well as appearances as Amneris in Aida at the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk.
Because of her successful career, Ms. Walewska has enjoyed collaborations with many premier conductors including such renowned Maestri as: Marco Armiliato, Seymon Bychkov, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Asher Fish, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Jordan, Vladimir Jurowski, Nicola Luisotti, Carlo Montanaro, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Stefan Soltesz, Carlo Rizzi, Massimo Zanetti, Andriy Yurkevych. She has headlined in over 30 major Opera houses in the world, including: Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Krakow Opera, Opera Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Grand Théâtre Luxemburg, Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, Graz Opera, Washington National Opera, Baltimore Opera and Herodion Theater in Athens.
In addition to her operatic career, Ms. Walewska performs in concert. Her repertoire includes the G. Verdi Messa da Requiem, G. Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle, G.B. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, the Ninth Symphony of L. van Beethoven, the Symphonies No. 2 and 3 of G. Mahler, W.A. Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and A. Bruckner’s Te Deum. Ms. Walewska gives numerous recitals accompanied by piano or harp. She sings the selection of songs by G. Fauré, F. Schubert, S. Moniuszko, K. Szymanowski, F. Chopin, P. Tchaikovsky as well as the cycle of Les nuits d’été by H. Berlioz and Wesendonck Lieder by R. Wagner. Since 2013, she has added to her repertoire French songs by R. Hahn.
Ms. Walewska’s discography continues to expand with her latest solo CDs with G.F. Händel’s arias, religious songs and organ pieces entitled Farny, Christmas carols Christmas Time and Panta Rhei (Dux) which followed a solo album presenting her most frequently performed opera roles on Sony Classical entitled Voce di Donna and Sony Music Poland CD Mezzo (songs and arias in contemporary arrangements).
In 2014, Malgorzata Walewska was nominated Artistic Director of the Ada Sari International Festival and Vocal Artistry Competition in Nowy Sacz (Poland). In October 2016, she has received the most prestigious decoration bestowed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, a Gloria Artis medal of the highest class, as a result of her tremendous contribution to Polish culture.
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