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

She is a winner and finalist of 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), distinction at the XVI Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition in Now Sącz (2015), finalist and Ada Sari Prize for the best coloratura soprano at the IX International Moniuszko Vocal Competition (2016), and Award in memory of Dame Joan Sutherland at the II International Éva Marton Singing Competition (2016) given by conductor Richard Bonynge. In 2018 she has won the Second Prize at the I Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition.

In 2008 Sylwia Olszyńska took part in the Oper in der Scheune project at the International Oper-Oder-Spress Festival in Beeskow in Germany, where she performed the parts of Erster Knabe in Die Zauberflöte and the title role in Rusalka. A year later she made her stage debut with the part of Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the XV Iubilaei Cantus Music Festival in Nowy Sącz. In 2009 at the Kraków Philharmonic she sung the soprano part in a world premiere of The Armed Man-A Mass for Peace composed by an English modern composer Karl Jenkins.

Since 2011 Sylwia Olszyńska cooperates with Capella Cracoviensis, with whom she recorded the prestigious Te Deum: Charpentier & Lully conducted by Vincent Dumestre (Paris – Versaille 2013). In 2011 in Wrocław, together with Chamber Orchestra Orfeusz, she sung the world premiere of pieces by two American composers: John Sarkissian (The Lovers’ Garden) and Dosia McKay (Farewell Dream Garden). In 2013 she performed the part of Despina in Cosi fan tutte and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte at the International Festival Aix-en-Provence. In 2015 at the Kraków Philharmonie she sung the part of Clarice in Il mondo della luna.

Since July 2015 she cooperates with the Chamber Opera in Kraków, where she performed in Misterium Stabat Mater Pergolesi/Vivaldi and La festa di carnevale Monteverdi/Händel/Rameau/Gluck. In 2016 she sung the part of Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas at the Grand Theatre in Poznań and made her debut at the Wrocław Opera as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.

In the 2017/2018 season she returned to the production of Die Zauberflöte in Wrocław. As Pamina she debuted at the Polish National Opera in Barrie Kosky’s staging for Komische Oper, Berlin, and at the National Miskolc Theatre in Hungary. Ms Olszyńska was also invited to perform with song concerts at the Hungarian National Philharmonic. Furthermore she debuted in the part of Mimi in La bohème at the Immling Festival in Germany. Her engagements in the 2018/2019 season include the role of Pamina at the Polish National Opera and the part of Diane in J. P. Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie at the Opera Rara Festival in Krakow, as well as debuts in the part of Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica at the Inauguration of Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Festival at The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice and as the title character and the role of Desirée in a world premiere of Albin Fries’ opera Nora taking place at the Bartok Opera Festival in Hungary.

Miss Olszyńska worked with such known conductors as: Lorenzo Coladonato, Jan Tomasz Adamus, Jan Baryła Rafał, Jacek Delekta, Vincent Dumestre, Paul Esswood, Paul Goodwin, Czesław Grabowski, Mark Hindley, Maciej Koczur, Agnieszka Kreiner, Nicolas Kruger, Piotr Sułkowski, Paweł Szczepański, Maciej Tworek, Grzegorz Wierus; and directors: Leah Hausman, Monika Rasiewicz, Anke Rauthmann, Daniel Stachuła, Cezary Tomaszewski, Alina Towarnicka.

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

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


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
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
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