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Biography

Sylwia Olszyńska, Polish lyric soprano, graduated with distinction from the Music Academy in Kraków under the tutelage of Professor Monika Swarowska-Walawska and holds a doctorate degree from the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice under the tutelage of Professor Henryka Januszewska-Stańczyk.

She is a winner and finalist in numerous competitions, amongst them: Grand Prix at the International Vocal Course at the Oper Oder-Spree Festival (2008), the First Prize at the XI Imrich Godin International Vocal Competition (2008), finalist and Ada Sari Prize for the best coloratura soprano at the IX International Moniuszko Vocal Competition (2016), the Award in memory of Dame Joan Sutherland given by conductor Richard Bonynge at the II International Éva Marton Singing Competition (2016) and the Second Prize at the I Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition (2018).

Sylwia Olszyńska has been invited to participate in numerous festivals, amongst them, the International Oper-Oder-Spress Festival in Beeskow, where she performed the title role in Rusalka (2008), as well as the International Festival Aix-en-Provence with the parts of Despina and Papagena (2013).

The artist performed premieres of modern pieces, such as The Armed Man-A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins, The Lovers’ Garden by John Sarkissian and Farewell Dream Garden by Dosia McKay.

In 2016 Sylwia Olszyńska made her debut at the Wrocław Opera as Pamina, a production to which she has returned in the 2017/2018 season. The same season, the role of Pamina brought her stage debuts at the Polish National Opera in Barrie Kosky’s staging of Die Zauberflöte, at the National Miskolc Theatre in Hungary and at the Hungarian State Opera. Furthermore she debuted in the part of Mimi at the Immling Festival. In the 2018/2019 season she debuted in the parts of Diane in Hippolyte et Aricie at the Opera Rara Festival, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica at the Inauguration of Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Festival and the title character as well as Desirée in a world premiere of Albin Fries’ opera Nora taking place at the Bartok Opera Festival.

Highlights in Ms. Olszyńska’s 2019/2020 season include debuts in the parts of Zelma and Marietta in L. Różycki’s Casanova at the Polish National Philharmonic, Sophie in Werther at the Polish National Opera, where she will also return as Pamina.

Miss Olszyńska worked with such known conductors as: Lorenzo Coladonato, Ádám Cser, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jan Tomasz Adamus, Alexis Kossenko, Vincent Dumestre, Paul Esswood, Mark Hindley, Maciej Koczur, Nicolas Kruger and directors: Sjaron Minailo, Leah Hausman, Ferenc Anger, Monika Rasiewicz, Anke Rauthmann, Cezary Tomaszewski.

Since 2012 Sylwia Olszyńska is working as a singing teacher at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice.

Updated September 2019

∗ This biography can be edited only by Studio Kultura

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Opera Repertoire

G. Bizet, Carmen, Frasquita
J. Bock, Fiddler on the Roof, Hodel
G. Donizetti, Don Pasquale, Norina
A. Fries, Nora, Nora, Desirée
Ch. W. Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice, Amor
G. F. Händel, Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Cleopatra
J. Haydn, Il mondo della luna, Clarice
K. Kurpiński, Zamek na Czorsztynie, Wanda, Łucja
T. Lind, T. Jervidal, St Francis of Assisi-God's Troubadour, Pica, Agnes
J. Massenet, Werther, Sophie
S. Moniuszko, The Haunted Manor, Hanna
S. Moniuszko, Verbum nobile, Zuzia

W. A. Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro, Barbarina, Zuzanna
W. A. Mozart, Die Zauberflöte, Pamina
W. A. Mozart, Cosi fan tutte, Despina
W. A. Mozart, La clemenza di Tito, Servilia
G. Puccini, La bohème, Musetta, Mimi
G. Puccini, Suor Angelica, Suor Genovieffa
G. B. Pergolesi, La serva padrona, Serpina
H. Purcell, Dido and Aeneas, Belinda, First Witch, Second Woman
J-P. Rameau, Hippolyte et Aricie, Diane
G. Rossini, L'inganno felice, Isabella
L. Różycki, Casanova, Zelma, Marietta
J. Stefani, The Cracovians and the Mountaneers, Basia

Oratorio Repertoire

J. S. Bach, Cantatas BWV 49, BWV 176
J. S. Bach, Magnificat
J. S. Bach, Mass in G major
H. J. Botor, Caritas
J. Brahms, Deutsches Requiem
B. Britten, Rejoice in the Lamb
G. Carissimi, Jephte
M-A. Charpentier, Sacrificium Abrahae
M-A. Charpentier, Te Deum
G. G. Gorczycki, Completorium
J. Haydn, Die Shöpfung
G. F. Händel, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne
K. Jenkins, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
F. Liszt, Christus

G-B. Lully, O lachrymae
G-B. Lully, Te Deum
A. Melani, Golia abbattuto
W. A. Mozart, Coronation Mass
W. A. Mozart, Requiem
W. A. Mozart, Great Mass in C minor
G. B. Pergolesi, Stabat Mater
G. O. Pitoni, Missa pro Defunctis
H. Purcell, Birthday Ode for Queen Mary
A. Scarlatti, 7 Arias for soprano, trumpet and basso continuo
J. B. Schiedermayer, Requiem
A. Vivaldi, Gloria
A. Vivaldi, Magnificat
J. D. Zelenka, Missa Fidei

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