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Biography

Mezzo-soprano, Joanna Motulewicz, graduated from Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw with distinction in the class of Professor Jolanta Janucik in 2011. She is finalist and winner of various competitions, amongst them: the Third Prize and the Prize for the Best Alto Voice in the International Competition “Cantate-Bach” in Greifswald, Germany (2011), winner of the Special Prize for the best performance and interpretation of J.S. Bach works during 10th Duszniki Zdrój Vocal Competiton (2010). Since 2005 she has been cooperating with Early Music Ensemble “La Tempesta” under the baton of Jakub Burzyński. The Ensemble performs all over Poland and has recorded several CDs with various pieces from the late baroque. In 2013 she became a student of Opera Academy at the Polish National Opera.

As a soloist at the Podlasie Opera in Białystok since 2012, she performed the roles of Carmen, Flora in La traviata, Jadwiga in The Haunted Manor, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Third Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Fruma Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof and Lucja in Ch. William’s musical Korczak. Since 2013 she has been associated with Michael Vaccaro’s Opera Classica Europa where she performed under the baton of Hans Richter the part of Fenena in Nabucco.

In 2015 Ms. Motulewicz had her German debut as Bronka in Die Passagierin at the Oper Frankfurt am Main where she also appeared in 2016 in Il trittico and The Cunning Little Vixen. In 2015/2016 season she debuted as Martha in The Haunted Manor directed by David Pountney at the Polish National Opera. In season 2016/2017 she came back there as Larina in Eugene Onegin. In 2017 she made her debut at the Festival of Baroque Operas Dramma per musica in Warsaw as Selinda in Farnace.

In the 2017/2018 season Ms. Motulewicz has sung the parts of Larina with the Polish National Opera at the Dubai Opera, Bronka in Die Passagierin at the Oper Frankfurt am Main and Mercedes in a premiere production of Carmen at the Polish National Opera.

Artist’s engagements in the 2018/2019 season include her come back to the parts of Larina and Mercedes at the Polish National Opera, as well as debuts as Bradamante in Alcina at the Festival of Baroque Operas Dramma per musica in Warsaw and as the Old Lady in Candide at the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk. In the following, 2019/2020 season, Joanna Motulewicz will debut on the stage of the Graz Opera with the part of Bronka in Die Passagierin and in the part of Euryclée in a premiere production of G. Fauré’s opera Penélopé at the Oper Frankfurt am Main.

Ms. Motulewicz worked with recognised conductors including Andriy Yurkevych, Christoph Gedschold, Leo Hussain, Łukasz Borowicz, José Maria Florêncio, Johannes Debus, Mieczysław Dondajewski, Christoph Campestrini, Czesław Grabowski, Michał Klauza, Jochen A. Modeß, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Mieczysław Nowakowski, Jakub Hrusa, Tomasz Tokarczyk, Hans Richter, Tadeusz Wicherek, Jakub Burzyński, Adam Banaszak.

Updated April 2019
∗ This biography can be edited only by Studio Kultura

Opera Repertoire

G. Bizet, Carmen, Carmen, Mercedes
J. Bock, Fiddler on the Roof, Fruma Sarah
L. Bernstein, Candide, Old Lady
G. F. Händel, Alcina, Bradamante
G. F. Händel, Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Sesto
G. Fauré, Penélopé, Euryclée 
L. Janáček, Příhody lišky Bystroušky, Revírníková
J. Massenet, Werther, Charlotte
S. Moniuszko, The Haunted Manor, Jadwiga, Marta
W. A. Mozart, Die Zauberflöte, The Third Dame
W. A. Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro, Cherubino
G. Puccini, Suor Angelica, La badessa
G. Puccini, Gianni Schicchi, Ciesca
G. Rossini, L’Italiana in Algeri, Isabella

J. Strauss, Die Fledermaus, Prince Orlofsky
T. Szeligowski, Bunt Żaków, Katarzyna
P. Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin, Olga, Larina
P. Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades, Polina
M. Weinberg, Die Passagierin, Bronka
Ch. Wiliams, Korczak, Lucy
G. Verdi, La traviata, Flora
G. Verdi, Nabucco, Fenena
G. Verdi, Rigoletto, Maddalena
A. Vivaldi, Farnace, Selinda

Oratorio Repertoire

J.S. Bach, Cantatas BWV 35, 76, 82, 97, 167, 169, 170, 232, 243, 244, 245, 248
L. v. Beethoven, Symphony No. 9
L. v. Beethoven, Missa Solemnis
D. Buxtehude, Mebra Jesu Nostri
M. Duruflé, Requiem
A. Dvorak, Stabat Mater
G. F. Händel, Messiah
G. F. Händel, Lungi da me pensier Tiranno
J. Haydn, Stabat Mater
A. O. Ivančić, Vesperae
A. O. Ivančić, Lytaniae ex C
G. Mahler, Kindertotenlieder
G. Mahler, Rueckert- Lieder
F. B. Mendelssohn, Elias
S. Moniuszko, I Litania Ostrobramska
S. Moniuszko, II Litania Ostrobramska

W. A. Mozart, Coronation Mass
W. A. Mozart, Missa brevis et solemnis
W. A. Mozart, Requiem
K. Penderecki, Credo
G. B. Pergolesi, Stabat Mater
S. Prokofiev, Alexander Nevski
G. Rossini, Petite messe solennelle
G. Rossini, Stabat Mater
C. Saint-Saëns, Oratorio de Noël
K. Szymanowski, Stabat Mater
M. Tippet, A Child of Our Time
R. Wagner, Wesendonk- Lieder
A. Vivaldi, Gloria
A. Vivaldi, Stabat Mater
G. Verdi, Requiem

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