Exclusive Representation in Poland

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Biography

Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk graduated with honors from the vocal department at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław in the singing class of professor Danuta Paziuk-Zipser. She perfected her skills at the University of Music in Vienna. Awarded many times, Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk received, among others: First Prize at the Solomiya Krushelnytska International Vocal Competition in Lviv, Special Prize at the International Singing Competition of Toulouse, First Prize and Special Prize at the Stanisław Moniuszko International Vocal Competition in Warsaw, as well as the First Prize at the the Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition in Łódź. Moreover, she received the Special Award at the Toti dal Monte International Competition for Opera Singers in Treviso and the Audience Award at the International Vocal Competition in Malmӧ.

Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk’s professional opera debut took place at the Wrocław Opera where she performed the part of Gilda in Rigoletto. She made her international debut with the role of Cunegunde in Candide at theaters in Lucca, Ravenna, Livorno and Pisa. At the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, she made her stage debut as the Tsaritsa of Shemakha in The Golden Cockerel, and then appeared as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte and as Le feu, La princesse and Le rossignol in L’enfant et les sortilèges. At the opera in Bonn, she appeared in the title role in Lakmé.

The artist’s permanent cooperation with the Polish National Opera began in 2015 with the role of Gilda. In the 2016/2017 season, she performed the following parts: Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Opera de Toulon, Gilda and Amina in La sonnambula at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste and Sigismondo in Arminio at the International Händel Festival in Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. In the 2017/2018 season, she appeared as Violetta Valery in La traviata at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and in the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste. Performing on one stage with Anne Sophie von Otter, she sang the part of Cunegunde in Candide at the Warsaw National Philharmonic at the end of the season, and afterwards alongside José Cura she performed there in the New Year’s concert. She also made her debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in the title part of the opera The Golden Cockerel.

In the following season, the Polish soprano played one of her favourite roles – Gilda at the opera theaters of Novara, Sassari, Warsaw, Poznań and Wiesbaden. She also made her stage debuts in Tokyo (Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall) and in Zurich (Tonhalle and Opernhaus). In the male role of Primislao in Gismondo, re di Polonia she performed at the Theater an der Wien, at the International Festival of Early Improvised Music All’Improvviso and at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. As Morgana in Alcina, she participated in the Händel Festival in Karlsruhe in 2018, 2019.

In the 2019/2020 season Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk performed, among others in the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, the Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Concert Hall of the Berlin University of the Arts, the Poznań Philharmonic (performing the song cycle by R. Strauss, Op. 68 for soprano and orchestra), the National Philharmonic (concert performance of L. Różycki’s opera Casanova) as well as at the Polish National Opera and the Zurich Opera (as Fiakermilli in Arabella, a new production by Robert Carsen).

As a soloist of the Wrocław Opera in the years 2008-2017 she performed many leading roles, just to name a few: Violetta in La traviata, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gilda in Rigoletto, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Sophie in the Der Rosenkavalier, Nannetta in Falstaff, Adina in the L’elisir d’amore, Hanna in The Haunted Manor, Angel in the Angels in America.

She has sung under the baton of such conductors as: Jordi Bernàcer, Patrick Fournillier, Vassily Sinaisky, Péter Eötvös, Elio Boncompagni, John Axelrod, Stefan Blunier, Christopher Moulds, Jacek Kaspszyk, Andriy Yurkevych, Francesco Bottigliero, Łukasz Borowicz, Tadeusz Kozłowski, Tadeusz Strugała, Ewa Michnik, Pavel Klinichev, Marek Pijarowski, Michał Klauza, Jan Miłosz Zarzycki, Sławomir Chrzanowski, Paweł Przytocki.

Among the artist’s engagements in the 2020/2021 season, it is especially worth mentioning Norina in Don Pasquale at the Zurich Opera House and at the Grand Theatre in Łódź, Gilda at the Polish National Opera as well as the title role in the opera The Fairy-Queen at the Budapest State Opera.

The artist has made many recordings. Her discographic output includes: Leonardo Vinci’s opera Gismondo, re di Polonia / Zygmunt, Król Polski, which is enjoying increasing popularity and excellent reviews (3 CD Parnassus Arts Productions 2020), award winning Armino (2 DVD C MAJOR UNITEL 2018), Musica Sacromontana – Józef Zeidler – Missa D major nominated to the Fryderyki 2019 award (DUX 2018) as well as Widma S. Moniuszko – winner of the Fryderyk 2019 Award (CD Accord 2018).

In the 2019/2020 artistic season, Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk acted as the Representative for Artistic Director of the Wrocław Opera. Since 2012, he has been working as a singing teacher at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. In September 2019, she received a postdoctoral degree.

Updated December 2020
∗ This biography can be edited only by Studio Kultura

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Opera Repertoire

V. Bellini, La sonnambula, Amina
L. Bernstein, Candide, Counegounde
L. Delibes, Lakmé, Lakmé
G. Donizetti, Don Pasquale, Norina
G. Donizetti, L'elisir d'amore, Adina
G. Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lucia
P. Eötvös, Angels in America, Angel
G. F. Händel, Alcina, Morgana
G. F. Händel, Arminio, Sigismondo
J. Haydn, La vera costanza, Baronessa
E. Knapik, La liberta chiama la liberta, First Friend
Z. Krauze, The Trap, Otla
S. Moniuszko, The Haunted Manor, Hanna
W. A. Mozart, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Konstanze
W. A. Mozart, Die Zauberflöte, Pamina
W. A. Mozart, Der Schauspieldirektor, Mademoiselle Silberklang
W. A. Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro, Susanna
J. Offenbach, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Olympia
G. B. Pergolesi, La serva padrona, Serpina

H. Purcell, The Fairy-Queen, The Fairy-Queen
M. Ravel, L'enfant et les sortilèges, Le feu, La princesse, Le rossignol
N. Rimsky-Korsakov, The Golden Cockerel, Tsaritsa of Shemakha,
The Golden Cockerel
G. Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rosina
G. Rossini, Il signor Bruschino, Sofia
L. Różycki, Casanova, Fatma, Laura
J. Strauss, Die Fledermaus, Adela
R. Strauss, Arabella, Fiakermilli
R. Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos, Najade
R. Strauss, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Der Hüter der Schwelle
des Tempels
R. Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier, Sophie
P. Szymański, Qudsja Zaher, Qudsja Zaher (Astrid)
G. Verdi, Falstaff, Nannetta
G. Verdi, La traviata, Violetta Valéry
G. Verdi, Rigoletto, Gilda
G. Verdi, Un ballo in maschera, Oscar
L. Vinci, Gismondo re di Polonia, Primislao

Oratorio Repertoire

J. S .Bach, Matthäus-Passion
L. v. Beethoven, Symphony no. 9
A. M. Bononcini, La decollazione di San Giovanni Battista
F. Bottigliero, Kantata Tumska
G. Fauré, Requiem
J. Haydn, Die Schöpfung
S. Moniuszko, Widma

W. A .Mozart, Große Messe in c-Moll
W. A. Mozart, Krönungsmesse
W. A. Mozart, Requiem
C. Orff, Carmina Burana
G. Rossini, Petite messe solennelle
F. Schubert, Messe Nr. 5
K. Szymanowski, Stabat Mater
J. Zeidler, Missa ex D

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