Internationally recognized Polish dramatic mezzo-soprano. In her career, Małgorzata Walewska has headlined in over 30 major Opera houses in the world.

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Biography

Małgorzata Walewska graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw under the tutelage of Professor Halina Słonicka. In 1991, during her studies, she made her operatic debut at the Polish National Opera performing the role of Aza in Manru. In 1992, she was finalist and laureate of many international vocal competitions: Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas, Luciano Pavarotti in Philadelphia, Belvedere in Vienna and Stanisław Moniuszko 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, followed by performances of Carmen, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Pierotto in Linda di Chamounix and was invited to share the stage with artists such as Luciano 
Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. In 1999, Małgorzata Walewska collaborated with Semperoper 
in Dresden, where 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 and then as Amneris in Aida and for the first time as
 Azucena in Il trovatore. She was invited to return to Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2007 where she performed in Cassandra and again in 2011 in Samson et Dalila.

In 2005, Ms. Walewska made her Metropolitan Opera stage debut in the title role of Dalila in Samson et Dalila, together with the tenor José Cura and was invited to return
 to the Metropolitan Opera to perform Amneris and Dalila again. Shortly after,
 she performed for the first time in Japan at the New National Theater in Tokyo as Eboli in Don Carlos. In 2009, Małgorzata Walewska made her debut 
engagement at the Royal Opera House in London in the role of Azucena.
 In 2012, she made her first appearance at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City 
as Amme in Die Frau ohne Schatten and in the same year, she performed at the Grand Théâtre de Genève 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 she sung the part of the Widow in premiere production of Goplana by W. Żeleński at the Polish National Opera, a production awarded with the Opera Award for rediscovered work. Later that season she returned to the Grand Theater in Poznań as Kundry in R. Wagner’s Parsifal.

In the 2017/2018 season Małgorzata Walewska has recorded W. Kilar’s Missa pro pace with Podlaska Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the part of Jochebed, the mother of Moses in A. Rubinstein’s religious opera Moses with Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the baton of Michail Jurowski. At the end of the season she will record M. Karłowicz’s songs with the Szczecin Philharmonic. She sung the part of Zofia at The Man from Manufaktura International Opera Composition Competition at the Grand Theatre in Łódź. In this season she will also come back as Kundry and Carmen to the Grand Theatre in Poznań and the Widow in Goplana to the Polish National Opera.

Małgorzata Walewska has enjoyed collaborations with many leading conductors including such renowned Maestri as: Marco Armiliato, Seymon Bychkov, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Asher Fish, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Jordan, Vladimir Jurowski, Marko Letonja, 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, Opera de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Grand Théâtre Luxemburg, Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, Graz Opera, Washington National Opera, Baltimore Opera and Herodion Theatre in Athens.

In addition to her operatic career, Ms. Walewska performs in concerts and gives numerous recitals accompanied by piano or harp. She sings selection of songs by G. Fauré, F. Schubert, S. Moniuszko, K. Szymanowski, F. Chopin, P. Tchaikovsky as well as cycles 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 of 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 2015, Małgorzata Walewska was nominated Artistic Director of the Ada Sari International Festival and Vocal Artistry Competition held 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, in recognition of her tremendous contribution to Polish culture.

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Opera Repertoire

B. Bartok, A Kékszakállú Herceg Vára, Judit
G. Bizet, Carmen, Carmen
H. Berlioz, La damnation de Faust, Marguerite
V. Gnecchi, Cassandra, Cassandra
P. Mascagni, Cavalleria rusticana, Santuzza
J. Massenet, Werther, Charlotte
S. Moniuszko, The Haunted Manor, Chamberlain's wife
C. Monteverdi, L'incoronazione di Poppea, Arnalta
I. Paderewski, Manru, Aza
A. Ponchielli, La Gioconda, La Cieca
C. Saint-Saëns, Samson et Dalila, Dalila
R. Strauss, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Die Amme

I. Stravinsky, Oedipus Rex, Jocasta
P. Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin, Olga
P. Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades, Polina, Countess
G. Verdi, Aida, Amneris
G. Verdi, Don Carlos, Princess Eboli
G. Verdi, Falstaff, Mistress Quickly
G. Verdi, Il trovatore, Azucena
G. Verdi, Nabucco, Fenena
G. Verdi, Rigoletto, Maddalena
G. Verdi, Un ballo in maschera, Ulrica
R. Wagner, Parsifal, Kundry
W. Żeleński, Goplana, The Widow

Oratorio Repertoire

J. S. Bach, Magnificat
L. v. Beethoven, Symphony No. 9
H. Berlioz, La mort de Cléopâtre
A. Bruckner, Te Deum
G. Mahler, Symphonies No. 2 and 3
W. A. Mozart, Coronation Mass

G. B. Pergolesi, Stabat Mater
G. Rossini, Stabat Mater
G. Rossini, Petite Messe Solennelle
A. Schnittke, Faust Cantata
G. Verdi, Messa da Requiem

 

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