Łukasz Goik – born in Tarnowskie Góry, is a graduate of the Jagiellonian Univeristy in Cracow (Institute of Culture, Chair of Culture Management) and the Higher School of Banking in Poznań (faculty of Banking and Finance, major in European Studies and Financial Consulting).
He has been affiliated with the Silesian Opera since 2004, initially as an audience service employee and coordinator of artistic work, and since 2011 - as a deputy manager of events and advertisement department. In 2012 he became the deputy director of the Opera. In 2008 and 2012 he was the assistant of the Director of the 2nd International Adam Didur Opera Singers’ Competition. He supervised and coordinated the first co-production of the Silesian Opera, - the première of “Maria Stuarda” by . G. Dionizetti directed by Dieter Kaegi (i.e. the cooperation of three theatres (Teatr Wielki in Poznań, Teatr Wielki in Łódz and the Silesian Opera) .
In 2008 -2009 he worked as a financial consultant in Katowice and from 2009 he was the manager of branch office of “Phinance S.A.” where he organised and managed key project - the creation of the new customer service department and specialist department in Silesia. He participated in numerous trainings for managerial staff. He completed certified Centre of Financial Planning, he took part in numerous workshops and trainings in the field of culture (i.a. “Managing Cultural Institution”, “Manager of Culture” organised by Centre of European Law) and small and medium sized enterprises. He is a co-organizer of numerous events and projects outside of the regular repertoire of the Silesian Opera, incl. “Adam Sztaba & Oberschleisien symphonically with the Silesian Opera Orchestra” as well as charity events. He is actively involved in education projects both of the Silesian Opera as well as other educational institutions. He supports many associations and public benefit organisations.
In 2016 he was awarded the Honorary Gold Medal for working actively to promote the development of the Commercial Self-government (medal awarded by Industrial and Commercial Chamber in Tarnowskie Góry) and with Bronze Medal for his services aimed at promoting culture.
A graduate of the Academy of Music in Katowice and the Postgraduate Studies in the field of Voice Emission of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. She completed postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Organisation and Management of the Silesian University of Technology. She was qualified for adjunct in the Academy of Music in Warsaw as regards supervising vocal and vocal-instrumental bands. She is a professor at the Academy of Music in Katowice. She supervises numerous choirs and vocal bands. She is a co-author and artistic director of the “Musica pro Europa” International Musical Workshop. Her artistic output has been recorded and broadcast on radio and TV. She co-operates with many world known instrumentalists, vocalists and conductors. Her artistic work has been appreciated and she has received numerous prizes. She is a juror of choir competitions.
Soloist of the Silesian Opera ballet He is a graduate of the Ballet School in Bytom and of the Higher School of Skills in Kielce. He has been co-operating with the Silesian Opera since 1988. He danced all leading roles in such ballets as: Snow White (Prince), Coppelia (Franz), Nutcracker (Prince, Drosselmajer), Cindarella (Prince) , Pan Twardowski (Devil), Waltz dream (Boy), Ferdinand the Bull (leading role), Peter and the Wolf (Peter), Don Quichotte (Basil).
A graduate of the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Ballet School in Bytom. Soloist of the Silesian Opera ballet She was in semi-finals of the Prix de Lausanne and Vaganova Prix in Saint Petersburg. She was granted the scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Scholarship of the President and the First Lady of the Republic of Poland, Scholarship for Education in the National Ballet School of Canada. She is a teacher of classical dance in the Ballet School in Bytom. In 2016 she was awarded the honorary badge for great service to the Polish culture awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, in 2017 she received the award of Centre of Artistic Education for her teaching achievements.
Franck Chastrusse Colombier graduated from the École Normale de Musique de Paris with major in Orchestra Conducting. He also received education in this area at Accademia Chigiana.
He was educated by Georges Prêtre (Teatro la Fenice, Opera de Paris et Orchestre National e France) and Maurizio Arena. At 22 he made his debut with Rigoletto in Orvieto which resulted in invitations to other productions, such as Traviata, Trovatore, Madama Butterfly, Barbiere di Siviglia. He also collaborated with the Massa Opera as an assistant conductor. He had the honor of assisting Alain Guingal (Opéra d’Avignon et Orchestre National d’Ile de France). Franck Chastrusse Colombier is a laureate of the European Union Young Conductors Competition and received the 1st Prize at the Luigi Mancinelli International Competition (2014). He had the honor of working together with such great artists as Leo Nucci (Théâtre des Champs Elysées) and Olga Borodina (Opera de Massy). He is a cocreator and the artistic director of the Opera Bus project at the Opera de Massy (a partner of which is the Erasmus programme). At 28 Franck Chastrusse Colombier became the artistic director of the Paris Symphony Association Orchestra being the youngest director in its history. He conducted Carmen in the Wrocław Opera, concerts at Opera de Massy (Concert Offenbach), also in Ireland (Die lustige witwe) and Shanghai (Beethoven concert).
Piotr Wacławik - born in 1996 in Katowice. In the 2019/20 season he became a resident conductor at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic - European Art Centre in Białystok. He was also selected by the means of a competition for the Assistant Conductor position in the Silesian Opera. He is currently a student of the last year of Major studies at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in the prof. dr hab. Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk's Symphony-Opera Conducting class of and dr Krzysztof Firlus' viola de gamba class. In summer 2019 he received a scholarship at the Aspen Music Festival and School where he improved his conducting skills for two months under the guidance of the artistic director of the festival - Robert Spano who awarded him with the main prize - Robert Spano Conductor Prize being an invitation for the next season. During the festival he was also selected from 12 contestants to participate in masterclasses with Leonard Slatkin.
Piotr Wacławik jest laureatem wielu nagród i wyróżnień. W maju 2019 otrzymał I Nagrodę na V Atlantic Coast International Conducting Masterclass and Competition, w sierpniu 2018 r. I Nagrodę na międzynarodowym konkursie dyrygenckim London Classical Soloists, w marcu 2017 r. II Nagrodę oraz Nagrodę Orkiestry Symfonicznej na II Ogólnopolskim Konkursie Studentów Dyrygentury im. Adama Kopycińskiego we Wrocławiu (będąc najmłodszym uczestnikiem konkursu). W marcu 2019 r. był finalistą Athens International Conducting Masterclass and Competition, gdzie w drodze konkursu zajął 3 miejsce. Współpracował z Orkiestrą Symfoniczną Tonhalle w Zurichu w ramach międzynarodowych kursów dyrygenckich z Davidem Zinmanem. Jako dyrygent zadebiutował wraz z Orkiestrą Symfoniczną Filharmonii Śląskiej w styczniu 2016 r. Współpracował również z takimi zespołami jak: Berlin Sinfonietta, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Śląska Orkiestra Kameralna, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Athens Philharmonia Orchestra, Taurida International Symphony Orchestra St. Petersburg, London Classical Soloists, Orchestra of the North Bohemian Opera and Ballet Theatre, Orkiestrą Symfoniczną Akademii Muzycznej we Wrocławiu i w Katowicach. Swój warsztat dyrygencki rozwijał pod okiem: Davida Zinmana, Jorma Panuli, Michaiła Jurowskiego, Juozasa Domarkasa, Roberta Spano, Martina Sieghart’a, Charlesa Olivieri-Munroe’a, Massimiliano Caldiego, Michalisa Economou, Luisa Clemente, Tomasza Tokarczyka i Achima Holuba. Reprezentował Polskę w dwóch edycjach International Masterclasses Berlin prowadzonych przez Liora Shambadala i Colina Mettersa.
Oprócz osiągnięć dyrygenckich ma na swoim koncie także sukcesy jako instrumentalista. Jest dwukrotnym laureatem I nagrody na Konkursie Muzyki Dawnej w Leżajsku w 2014 i 2015 r. Swoje zainteresowania w grze na violi da gamba rozwijał uczestnicząc w licznych kursach zagranicznych pod okiem: Paolo Pandolfo, Petra Wagnera, Alberto Rasi, Irene Klein oraz Marka Caudle’a.
Został uhonorowany Nagrodą Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego (2019), Nagrodą w Ramach Promocji Młodych Twórców Kultury przez Urząd Miasta Katowice (2017, 2019) oraz Nagrodą Prezydenta Miasta Katowic (2015). Rokrocznie otrzymuje Stypendium Rektora Akademii Muzycznej w Katowicach dla najlepszych studentów (2017-2020).
In 2010 he graduated from the Academy of Music in Cracow with major in Conducting (the class of Prof. Jerzy Katlewicz). He participated in various conducting masterclasses under the guidance of acclaimed pedagogues, including Colin Metters and Bernard Haitinka (during the Lucerne Festival). He is a two-time stipendist of the Małopolskie Scholarship Fund Sapere Auso for artistic achievements. He also received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He studied in Frankfurt for one semester thanks to the Erasmus program. From 2010 to 2015 he gave classes on Musical preparation of an opera and Preparation of opera parts. He conducted a youth orchestra in the B. Rutkowski Music School in Cracow with which he gave performances i.a. at the Konzerthalle Bamberg in Germany. In June 2015 he was qualified to the Young Talent Education Program “The Opera Academy” at the Great Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw. He worked in the Cracow Opera as a ballet accompanist and assistant music director taking part in staging of such operas as: Le nozze di Figaro, L’elisir d’amore, Orphée et Eurydice, Il Trovatore and L’amour des trois oranges. He worked as a soloists’ répétiteur in the Cracow Opera and took part in production of such premieres as: Mephistopheles, La belle Hélèene, Straszny dwór, La Bohème, Il Turco in Italia, Tannhäuser, Król Roger, Olga Bo, Don Pasquale, Les contes d’Hoffmann. He was conducting concerts in collaboration with the Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra, Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra and Sudety Philharmonic Orchestra. He also conducted the first performances of compositions of a young Polish composer, Anna Sowa (Essen, 2015; Łódź, 2016). In 2014 he was the music director of HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!!. It was the Polish premiere of the composition (14.01.2014, Cracow Opera). In 2017 Grzegorz Brajner obtained a doctoral degree in Conducting at the F. Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.
Stephen Ellery is a world-famous conductor, arranger, music producer and great admirer of Stanisław Moniuszko’s work. From 1988 to 1991 he studied Orchestral Conducting in Cracow under the guidance of Jerzy Katlewicz and then from 1991 to 1995 in Saint Petersburg (Russia) under the guidance of Ilya Musin. He is currently a conductor of the London Gala Orchestra. He travels the world with his music projects. He collaborates i. a. with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Perú. He is the music director of the Polish Opera in London at the Polish Social and Cultural Association where during the past five years premieres of Stanisław Moniuszko’s operas took place. He was involved in many music-cultural projects including the 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert. He received many awards at international conducting competitions (Bartok International Opera Conducting Competition, International Grzegorz Fitelberg Concducting Competition in Katowice). As a guest he conducted orchestras during concerts in China, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Australia, Lithuania, Russia, Italy, France and Ghana. Ellery also had long-term collaborations witch orchestras in Poland, such as the Silesian Philharmonic, Cracow Philharmonic and Podlasie Philharmonic. He also participated in international tours with Pro Musica Wrocław. He also speaks nine languages fluently, including Polish.
Absolwent Wyższej Szkoły Muzycznej im. Fryderyka Chopina w Warszawie na Wydziale Instrumentalnym (klasa waltorni – 1975) i na Wydziale Teorii, Kompozycji i Dyrygentury w klasie wybitnego dyrygenta – prof. Bohdana Wodiczki (1978).
Swoje umiejętności doskonalił w Weimarze na Mistrzowskim Kursie Dla Młodych Dyrygentów w klasie prof. Kurta Masura. Jako dyrygent debiutował w 1978 r. w Teatrze Wielkim w Łodzi prowadząc „Traviatę” G. Verdiego. Na tej scenie prowadził również takie przedstawienia, jak: „Cyganeria” G. Pucciniego, „Don Carlos”, „Otello” G. Verdiego, „Wolny strzelec” C. M.Webera, „Straszny dwór” St. Moniuszki.
W latach 1979-1981 pracował jako dyrygent w Operetce Warszawskiej. W 1982 roku podpisał kontrakt jako dyrektor artystyczny Orkiestry Symfonicznej w Bogocie (Kolumbia). Po powrocie do kraju pełnił funkcję dyrektora artystycznego Opery w Bydgoszczy, gdzie przygotował i prowadził takie premiery, jak: „Halka” St. Moniuszki, „Bal maskowy” G. Verdiego, „Kopciuszek” G. Rossiniego. W 1985 roku wyjechał na kontrakt do Turcji, gdzie był I dyrygentem Opery w Izmirze i zrealizował takie premierowe przedstawienia, jak: „Madama Butterfly” G. Pucciniego, „Napój miłosny” G. Donizettiego oraz balet „Copelia” L. Delibesa. W sezonie artystycznym 1987-1988 był kierownikiem artystycznym Opery i Operetki w Szczecinie, a w latach 1989-1993 – Operetki Warszawskiej, gdzie przygotował i dyrygował premiery: „Wesołą wdówkę” F. Lehara, „Życie Paryskie” J. Offenbacha, „Noc w Wenecji” J. Straussa i „Błękitną maskę” F. Raymonda. Z dwoma ostatnimi wielokrotnie występował w teatrach Niemiec i Holandii. W 1995 objął stanowisko dyrektora artystycznego Opery Bałtyckiej, gdzie zrealizował wiele znaczących premier: m. in. „Toscę” G. Pucciniego, „Cyrulika sewilskiego” G. Rossiniego, „Zemstę nietoperza” J. Straussa i „Wesołą wdówkę” F. Lehara. W Operze Śląskiej, z której zespołem w ostatnich latach wyjeżdżał na tournee z operami G. Verdiego: „Nabucco” (Niemcy) i „Rigoletto” (Francja), objął kierownictwo muzyczne nad premierowymi realizacjami musicali „Phantom” (2011) i „My Fair Lady” (2013). Brał również udział w nagraniu dwupłytowego albumu „Opera Śląska poleca – hity operowe i operetkowe” (2012). Od roku 1999 był dyrektorem artystycznym Teatru Muzycznego w Łodzi. Pod jego kierownictwem zespół łódzkiego Teatru Muzycznego wielokrotnie występował podczas tournee po Niemczech i Belgii, w tak prestiżowych miejscach, jak: Filharmonia w Berlinie, Deutsche Oper i Konzerthaus w Berlinie, Filharmonia w Monachium, Herkulessaaf w Monachium, Teatr w Wolfsburgu, Cirque Royal w Brukseli i wiele innych. Brał również udział w festiwalach w Polsce (Krynica, Sanok, Wrocław) i Niemczech (Klingenberg i Balve-Hoehle).
W 2004 roku dyrygował w Królewskim Teatrze de la Monnaie w Brukseli podczas galowego koncertu pod auspicjami Ministra Spraw Zagranicznych Włodzimierza Cimoszewicza, w którym wzięli udział Małgorzata Walewska, Dariusz Stachura i orkiestra Teatru Muzycznego w Łodzi. W roku 2006 zrealizował na specjalne zamówienie niemieckiej agencji artystycznej operę „Czarodziejski flet” W. A. Mozarta, którą dyrygował ponad 30 razy podczas kolejnego tournee teatru po Niemczech.
Współpracuje z większością filharmonii w Polsce. Pod jego batutą występowały takie gwiazdy, jak: Stefania Toczyska, Wiesław Ochman, Ryszard Karczykowski, Urszula Kryger, Marcin Bronikowski, Małgorzata Walewska, Paulos Raptis, Aleksandra Kurzak, Krystian Zimmerman, Janusz Olejniczak, Piotr Paleczny, Lidia Grychtołówna , Rinko Kobayashi, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Wadim Brodski, Bartłomiej Nizioł, Waldemar Malicki, Bogna Sokorska, Wanda Polańska, Grażyna Brodzińska i wiele innych.
Od 2009 roku związany stałą współpracą z Teatrem Muzycznym w Lublinie, gdzie pod jego kierownictwem muzycznym przygotowano spektakle: „Nabucco” G. Verdiego, „Karnawał zwierząt” C. Saint-Saensa, „Phantom” M. Yestona, operowe widowisko dla dzieci „Mały Czarodziejski flet”.
She graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice under the tutorship of Prof. Jan Ballarin and Ewa Biegas PhD.
A Ministry of Culture and Art stipendist.
She is a laureate of the International Ludomir Różycki Competition in Gliwice (Honorable Mention, 2003), Intercollegiate Slavic Vocal Music Competition in Katowice (Second Prize, 2006), H. Halska Competition in Wrocław (Second Prize, 2007), I. Godin Competition in Vrable in Slovakia (First Prize, 2007), Schneider-Trnavsky Competition in Slovalkia (First Sprize and Bratislava Opera’s Director Special Prize, 2008), 3rd International Andrzej Hiolski Vocal Competition in Kudowa Zdrój (First Prize, 2014), Ada Sari Competition in Nowy Sącz (Finalist, 2007) and Moniuszko Vocal Competition (two Special Prizes, 2013).
She participated in many masterclasses conducted by i.a. Christa Ludwig, Helena Łazarska, Izabella Kłosińska, Ingrid Kremling-Domański and Francisco Araiza, which resulted in an invitation to take part in a joint project with Verein Opera in 2010.
She made her debut as Orpheus in Ch. W. Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice” in the Silesian Opera where she also performed as Jadwiga in St. Moniuszko’s “The Haunted Manor” and as Dorabella in W. A. Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte”. She also sings the part of Czipra in J. Strauss’s operetta “The Gypsy Baron”.
She also collaborates with the Grand Theatre – National Opera, where she sang the part of Hannah in M. Weinberg’s “The Passenger” and Martha in P. Tchaikovsky’s “Jolanta”; Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz where she played the part of Laura in A. Ponchielli’s “Gioconda”, Kraków Opera, where she sang the part of Ninon in K. Penderecki’s “The Devils of Loudun” and Zofia in St. Moniuszko’s “Halka” and also Gliwice Music Theatre as Venus in J. Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underwold” and Mina in I. Kalman’s “Countess Maritza”.
In 2011 together with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra she made a recording of the K. Szymanowski’s operetta “Lottery for Husbands or Fiancé No. 69”.
She also performs oratorio music (i.a. the music of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Rossini) and vocal lyric music of Polish and foreign compositors.
She performs in Poland and abroad.
She graduated from the Academy of Music in Wrocław in 2001 with major in Vocal Performance under the tutorship of Prof. Agata Młynarska-Klonowska. She also completed two-year Vocal Master Postgraduate Studies with major in Opera with distinction. During her studies she used to perform opera and oratorio music in Poland and abroad, she sang as a soloist in such operas as: G. Puccini’s “Sister Angelica”, D. Cimarosa’s “Il matrimonio segreto”, G. Rossini’s “The Italian Girl in Algiers” and W. A. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. She also made recordings for radio and television. She was a finalist of the Second International Halina Halska Vocal Competition, she also participated at the 37th International Wratislavia Cantans Festival. In 2003 she made her debut in the Silesian Opera as Jadwiga in St. Moniuszko’s “The Haunted Manor”. Together with Wiesław Ochman she recorded a sacral music album “Ave Maria”. In May 2011 she was awarded with the Jan Kiepura Theatre Music Award in the “Best Female Singer” category.
She played such roles as: Dorabelli in “Cosi fan tutte”, The Third Lady in W. A. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, Cherubino in W. A. Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”, Jadwiga in St. Moniuszko’s “The Haunted Manor”, Zofia in St. Moniuszko’s “Halka”, Carmen in G. Bizet’s “Carmen”, Marina in M. Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov”, Maddalena in G. Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, Fenena in G. Verdi’s “Nabucco”, Flora in G. Verdi’s “Traviata”, Amneris in G. Verdi’s “Aida”, Suzuki in G. Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”, Olga in P. Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”, Orlofsky in J. Strauss’s “The Flittermouse” and Mirabella in J. Strauss’s “The Gypsy Baron”. She performed in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, USA and Egypt, where she performed as a soloist with a concert, oratorio and opera repertoire. In Poland she performed i.a. with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Silesian Philharmonic, Rzeszów Philharmonic, Jelenia Góra Philharmonic, Zabrze Philharmonic and Gdańsk Philharmonic.
She graduated from the Vocal and Acting Institute of the Academy of Music in Katowice in the class of Irena Lewińska in 1989. In 1989 she joined the Silesian Opera in Bytom as a soloist. She collaborated with the Warsaw Operetta, Silesian Philharmonic, Opole Philharmonic, Zielona Góra Philharmonic, Zabrze Philharmonic, Jelenia Góra Philharmonic, Toruń Philharmonic and many institutions organising concerts in the country.
She made multiple performances in Germany and the Netherlands. She performed in the Silesian Opera as Adela in “The Flittermouse”, Pamina in “The Magic Flute”, Frasquita in “Carmen”, Despina in “Cosi fan tutte”, Zerlina in “Don Giovanni”, Adina in “The Elixir of Love”, Fiodor in “Boris Godunov, Masha in “The Tsarevich”, Valencienne in “The Merry Widow” and Arsena in “The Gypsy Baron”.
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She graduated from the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. She debuted as Paminy in W. A. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in Düsseldorf. In 1992 she joined the Silesian Opera in Bytom as a soloist. She made many significant performances, such as Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni”, Tatyana in “Eugene Onegin”, Cio-Cio-san in “Madama Butterfly”, Nedda in “Clowns”, Venus in “Tannhäuser”, Marina in “Boris Godunov”, Mimi in “La Bohème”, Boulotte in “Bluebeard”, Elisabeth in “Don Carlos”, Halka in “Halka”, Sylva in “The Csárdás Princess”, Rosalinde in “The Flittermouse”, Sonja in “The Tsarevich”, Eurydice in “Orpheus and Eurydice”, Maritza in “Countess Maritza” and Anna Glawari in “The Merry Widow”. She also participated in a very interesting project – the world premiere of a contemporary opera “Madame Eurosa’s Hysterical Museum” by Piotr Szmitke.
She often participates in the Silesian Opera’s concerts, not only as a soprano singer, but also as a host. She is appreciated by both the critics and the audience; she often gets calls from music lovers with words of congratulations and acknowledgement. For many years she has been taking part in the Silesian Opera’s foreign tournees to Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Luxembourg promoting the culture of Poland, Silesia and primarily the city of Bytom and the Silesian Opera.
Aside from her everyday work Joanna Kściuczyk-Jędrusik eagerly undertakes various charity activities. After the fire in the Silesian Opera in 2000 she was invited by the “Most” foundation, together with several Silesian Opera’s soloists, to perform in a fund-raiser for rebuilding the burnt part of the Opera. The performance was organized in Kempen in Germany. She performed there several times together with the Silesian Opera’s artists at the invitation of the city government of Kempen representing the Silesian Opera and the city of Bytom. Silesian Opera maintains friendly relationship with the German city up till now. Joanna Kściuczyk-Jędrusik often performs in charity concerts for hospitals, organisations and disabled children centres and events like “Read Aloud Day” where local celebrities read fragments of books to the children. These are not one-time actions since she has never been indifferent to human harm and the needs of other people. The best proof is her participation in the photo shoot “The Women of Bytom – An Involved Portrait” in 2005.
In 1996 together with the brass orchestra of KWK Staszic she recorded an album with Silesian regional songs and in 2001 and 2002 together with three other artist from the Silesian Opera she recorded two albums with operetta hits “Play Me Your Melody” and “Wine, Women and Song”. Since she is a very energetic person seeking new artistic sensations she is often involved in quite interesting cultural projects. Together with Prof. Tadeusz Sławek and double-bassist Bogdan Mizerski she performs in an interesting and innovative performance “Life and Death of William Blake. An essay for voice and double-bass”. The performance is being shown in many theatres in Poland. This unusual kind of modern art that uses poetry, music, image and vocal interpretation which is a background for the lyrics got very positive reviews among critics and the audience.
Joanna Kściuczyk-Jędrusik is one of the leading soloist of the Silesian Opera. She has usually been cast in leading roles. She received a Silesian Voivode prize for young artists (1996). In 2005 she was nominated for the Marshal of the Silesian Parliament Award “Golden Masks” for the roles of Eurosa and Halka.
Since the beginning of her singing career she amazes not only with her great musicality, but also with a fascinating beauty of the sound of her Wagnerian soprano.
After graduating from the Academy of Music in Katowice she made her debut on the Silesian Opera’s stage in W.A. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. That’s where she created her excellent roles in “Tosca”, “La bohème”, “Gioconda”, “The Troubadour” and “Cavalleria rusticana”.
The artist successfully performs in Poland and abroad, i.a. in Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Mexico and Ukraine. Polish and foregin critics, besides the words of admiration for the beauty of Iwona Noszczyk’s voice, perpetually emphasize her great intuition and sensibility in creating roles.
In 1995 the artist performed at the National Opera in Prague as Santuzza in P. Mascagni’s “Cavalleria rusticana” which began her collaboration with that theatre.
A year later she joined the National Opera in Ostrava as a soloist. There, she created many great roles, i.a. Elisabeth in G. Verdi’s “Don Carlos”, Senta in R. Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman”, Tosca in G. Puccini’s “Tosca”, Liza in P. Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades” and Princess Turandot in G. Puccini’s “Turandot”.
An outstanding vocal range, silky voice and great technique let Iwona Noszczyk sing the roles requiring a lower voice (Amneris, Fenena, Eboli) besides the soprano ones.
The artist also often gives concerts singing recitals and using the symphonic repertoire.
She graduated from the Vocal and Acting Institute of the Academy of Music in Katowice in theclass of Prof. Alicja Słowakiewicz (with honors) and the Institute of Polish Philology at the University of Silesia. She received a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and Art (2004).
She received many awards and distinctions at national and international vocal competitions: First Distinction at the International L. Różycki Competition in Gliwice (1999), Second Prize and Special Award at the Intercollegiate Slavian Vocal Music Competition in Katowice (2001), Second Prize at the International H. Halska Vocal Competition in Wrocław (2003), Third Prize and Special Prof. Helena Łazarska Award at the International M. Trnavski Vocal Competition in Trnava (2004), Third Prize and Cracow Opera’s Distinction at the International A. Sari Vocal Competition in Nowy Sącz (2005), Special Award at the E. Kossakowski Intercollegiate Polish Artistic Song Performance in Warsaw (2005), First Prize in the Opera category, First Prize in the Oratorio-Cantata category and Grand Prix Diplomma at the National Vocal Competition in Duszniki-Zdrój (2006), Second Prize (ex aequo, there was no First Prize) and six other awards at the I. J. Paderewski Vocal Competition in Bydgoszcz (2006).
Her musical talent was noticed and distinguished by great artists and pedagogues (Prof. Helena Łazarska, Prof. Ingrid Kremling-Domański, Prof. Jerzy Artysz, Prof. Ryszard Karczykowski, Prof. Rald Doring) under the direction of which she improved her skills during many vocal courses in Poland and Abroad. She participated in the world premiere of a J. T. Williams musical “Canterville Ghost” in the Rozrywka Theatre in Chorzów (2000) and in the first performance of W. Stępień’s mass “Domus Dei” together with the New Music Orchestra conducted by Szymon Bywalec (2003). In 2005 she performed with the Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gabriela Chmura at the 75th anniversary of the K. Szymanowski Academy of Music concert.
As a student she played the role of the First Lady in a students’ staging of W. A. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. As a Silesian Opera’s soloist she made her debut as Saffi in J. Strauss's operetta “The Gypsy Baron”.
She graduated from the Academy of Music in Katowice with major in singing under the tutorship of Anna Kościelnik. She participated many vocal-interpretative courses. She made her debut as Arsena in J. Strauss’s “The Gypsy Baron” in the Silesian Opera in Bytom.
She played such parts as: Norina in “Don Pasquale”, Queen of the Night in “The Magic Flute”, Traviata in “Traviata”, Musetta in “La Bohème”, Frasquita in “Carmen”. She performed during concerts and opera performances in Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Denmark and the Netherlands. She collaborates with the Cracow Opera, Castle Opera in Szczecin, Grand Theatre in Poznań and Národní Divadlo in Ostrava. She performed in Canada many times. She often performs songs and oratorio-cantata compositions.
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She graduated from the Vocal and Acting Institute of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice with major in Vocal Performance under the tutorship of Prof. Jan Ballarin and Prof. Ewa Biegas. She acquired a diploma with distinction (G. Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” – Norina). She improved her vocal skills during masterclasses conducted by Prof. Teresa Żylis-Gara and Prof. Helena Łazarska (International Summer Academy of Mozarteum University in Salzburg). She was Minister of Culture’s stipendist (2006, 2008). She also received a scholarship from the President of the City of Tarnów (2005). Since the 2009/2010 artistic season she is a Silesian Opera’s soloist where she performs such parts as: Musetta in G. Puccini’s “La bohème” (debut at the Silesian Opera), Hanna in St. Moniuszko’s “The Haunted Manor”, Lucy in Gian-Carlo Menotti’s “The Telephone”, Rosina in “The Barber of Seville”, Arsena in J. Strauss’s “The Gypsy Baron”, Gilda in G. Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, Zuzia in St. Moniuszko’s “Verbuum nobile”. She also collaborates with Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz (Musetta in G. Puccini’s “La bohème”). She performed at many festivals with bog opera and oratorio repertoire, i.a. W. A. Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” and “Litaniae Lauretanae”, G. Rossini’s “Stabat Mater”, F. Poulenc’s “Stabat Mater”, J. Elsner’s “Coronation Mass” and J. Haydn’s “Creation”. During the celebration of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s 75th birthday she performed the solo part of the Symphony No. 2 “Copernican”.
Ewelina Szybilska won the First Prize at the “Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe” Vocal Competition, Second Prize at the International Imrich Godin Vocal Performance Competition in Vrable (Slovakia) and the 4th National Iwona Borowska Operetta and Musical Music Performance Competition and was the finalist of the International “Klassik-Mania” Vocal Competition in Vienna.
She graduated from the Vocal and Acting Institute of Fryderyk Chopin’s Academy of Music in Warsaw (the Singing class of Prof. Urszula Trawińska-Moroz) in 2003 with honors. She has been later improving her vocal skills under the supervision of Maestro Kałudi Kałudow. Her most important professional achievements include playing Tatyana in P. Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” in the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, participation in making G. Puccini’s “Turandot” (the role of Liu) during a tournée in Germany.
In 2009 she began her collaboration with the Silesian Opera in Bytom where she played Mimi in G. Puccini “La bohème”. Her roles of Cio-Cio-san in “Madama Butterfly” directed by H. Konwiński in 2010 in the Silesian Opera and Elisabeth in “Don Carlos” directed by W. Zawodziński got great reception. In 2012 she played the leading role in G. Puccini’s Tosca in the Silesian Opera. She also played this role six months later in the Grand Theatr in Łódź. Her newest role is the one in “Madama Butterfly” directed by Janina Niesobska, which is presented on the newly renovated scene of the Grand Theatre in Łódź. Anna Wiśniewska-Schoppa also collaborates with the Castle Opera in Szczecin, where she had the pleasure of working with director Pia Partum during the making of a modern staging of G. Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”.
The artist participated in many singing masterclasses. She performes as a soloist during many chamber concerts in Poland and abroad.
He graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (the class of M. Growiec) and College of Marketing Management and Foreign Languages in Katowice.
He improved his vocal skills by participating in masterclasses in the country and abroad. The masterclasses were conducted by i.a. J. Romańska, H. Łazarska, A. Teliga, D. Weeks. K. Kaludov and M. Walewska. He was a student of the International School of Musical in Katowice.
He was awarded for his artistic activities and achievements by the Lublin Voivodeship Marshal in 2005 and the President of Dąbrowa Górnicza City in 2007. He is a laureate of the 8th Intercollegiate Slavian Vocal Music Competition in Katowice.
The artist performs concerts frequently. He collaborated with the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Zabrze Philharmonic and Lublin Philharmonic. He participated in the 2nd and 3rd Bel Canto Vocal Festiwal in Nałęczów, 28th “Evenings at Telemann’s” in the Pszczyna Castle and 18th “Music in Sandomierz” Festival in 2008.
He made his debut as Skołuba in S. Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor on the scene of the Baltic Opera in Gdańska. In the 2006/2007 season he joined the Silesian Opera in Bytom as a soloist. He performed over 30 opera, operetta and musical parts such as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Commendatore and Masetto in Don Giovanni, Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Zaccaria in Nabucco, Philippe, Monk in Don Carlos, Zbigniew, Skołuba in The Haunted Manor, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Colline in La boheme and Higgins in My Fair Lady.
He collaborates with the Music Theatre in Lublin and Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz. His performances were a part of foreign tournee organized by K – Promotion Kmoch P Artistic Agency. He sang the part of Zaccaria in Nabucco (Germany, Switzerland).
He also performs oratorio-cantata compositions such as J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, A. Vivaldi’s Judithae Triumphanti, W. A. Mozart’s Requiem. In his repertoire there also songs composed by i.a. F. Schubert, R. Schumann, P. Tchaikovsky, M. Karłowicz, S. Moniuszko. M. Czyż.
Maciej Komandera is a tenor (born March 4, 1972).
From 1991 to 1997 he studied at the Vocal and Acting Institute of the Academy of Music in Katowice and graduated with a Master’s degree. In 1998 he made his debut on the Silesian Opera’s stage as Góral in Stanisław Moniuszko’s Halka. During the next seasons he played i.a. Tamino in W. A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Borsa and Duke of Mantua in G. Verdi’s Rigoletto, Alfredo in G. Verdi’s Traviata, Manrica in G. Verdi’s Il trovatore, Radames in G. Verdi’s Aida, Don Carlos in G. Verdi’s Don Carlos, Walter in R. Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Lenski in P. Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Jontek in St. Moniuszko’s Halka, Stefan in St. Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor, Canio in R. Leoncavall’s Pagliacci, Turridu in P. Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, Cavaradossi in G. Puccini’s Tosca and Pinkerton in G. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. During his work in the Silesian Opera he was improving his skills at masterclasses conducted by Kałuda Kałudow and Aleksandra Teliga. From 2003 to 2005 he began his collaboration with the Cracow Opera where he performed as Caravadossi in G. Puccini’s Tosca, Pinkerton in G. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Polione in V. Bellini’s Norma and Stefan in St. Moniuszko’s Tha Haunted Manor.
He collaborates with many opera theatres in Poland and abroad: Baltic Opera in Gdańsk (Ernani, Tosca, Madama Butterfly), Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz (Tosca), Varna Opera in Bulgaria (Traviata, Il trovatore), Stara Zagora Opera in Bulgaria, Opera Constanta in Romania (Il trovatore) and art agencies: Bulcanto, Compania d’Opera Italiana di Milano, Supierz Artist Management and K-Promotion Michael Kmoch.
He improved his acting skills under the guidance of Wiesław Ochman, Laco Adamik, Robert Skolmowski and Marek Weiss-Grzesiński.
He graduated with honors from the G. and K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź, Julliard School and opera studio at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He is a winner and a laureate of international vocal competitions, such as BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Giacomo Puccini International Competition, Marcella Sembrich International Competition, Giullo Gari Competition, International V. Dunne Vocal Competition, International G. Lissner Vocal Competition and Ada Sari Vocal Competition. He performed on opera stages in the USA, Italy, Germany, England and Austria. He gave vocal recitals in Carnegie Hall (USA) and Wigmore Hall (England). In Poland he sang arias in Die Zauberflöte, La damnation de Faust, The Haunted Manor, La bohème and The Magic Mountain. In 2015 he was nominated for the Paszport Polityki Award and in 2016 he received the Polish President’s Medal for the Best Opera Debut.
He comes from Ivano-Frankivsk (Stanyslaviv) in Ukraine where he graduated from the Vocal Institute of the Art Academy. He received the Grand Prix at the 21st Century Vocal Competition in Lempala in Finland (2006), 3rd Award at the International Ada Sari Vocal Art Competition in Nowy Sącz (2011), Grand Prix and 1st Award at the International Adam Didur Opera Singers’ Competition in Bytom.
He collaborates with the most important opera theatres and philharmonics in Poland and abroad where he sings the main parts in Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni, Miecznik in The Haunted Manor, Janusz in Halka, Marcello in La bohème, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Sir Ford in Falstaff, Lord Ashton in Lucia di Lammerrmoor, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Prince Yeletsky in La Dame de Pique in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
Born in 1956 in Częstochowa.
From 1974 to 1978 a student of the School of Music in Częstochowa in the Vocal Performance class of Anna Porwik-Pniok.
In 1984 he graduated from the Academy of Music in Warsaw with major in Vocal Performance in the class of Prof. Edmund Kossowski. From 1986 to 2001 he was improving his vocal skills under the guidance of Sławomir Książek.
He made his opera debut as Don Alphonse on the scene of the Great Theatre in Warsaw in 1982.
In the 1983/1984 season he was a soloist of the Bydgoszcz Opera.
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Since 1984 he is a soloist of the Silesian Opera in Bytom.
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From 1991 to 1995 he collaborated with the Warsaw Chamber Opera.
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From June to September 1991 he performed in the Vienna Kammeroper and went on tour to Japan and Korea in October and November 1991.
From 1993 to 1995 he was a soloist of the Great Theatre in Łódź.
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From 1995 to 1998 he was a soloist of the Great Theatre in Poznań.
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He collaborates with opera theatres in Szczecin and Cracow and also with a Swiss and German groups performing on scenes and at concert halls all around Europe.
Since 2003 he is a soloist of the Narodne Divaldo Morawskosleske in Ostrava.
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In 1999 he played the role of Porgi on the scene of Gliwice Theatre in a performance based on Gershwin’s music.
He sang over 60 opera and operetta parts, over 20 oratiorio parts and 200 songs.
He performed over 1500 times in Poland and abroad: Germany, France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Greece, Cyprus, Yugoslavia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Ukraine, Japan, Korea.
He was a finalist of vocal competitions in Krynica (1984), Warsaw (1984), Barcelona (1989) and Bregenz (1991).
He performed at the world premiere of Mikis Theodorakis’ opera Elektra in Luxembourg in 1995 and in the Polish premiere of Domenique Probst’s Maximilian Kolbe in Bytom in 1990.
Since 1996 he runs an artistic agency organizing performances of popular and sacral music.
He comes from Chorzów. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Cracow under the tutorship of J. Borowicz and the Academy of Music in Katowice under the tutorship of R. Danel. From 2011 under the guidance of Prof. H. Łazarska. He is a Cracow Opera’s soloist. He made his debut as Alfredo in Traviata in the Silesian Opera, where he also performed as Lensky in Eugene Onegin and Rodolfo in La bohème. He plays the parts of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Alfredo in Traviata (both directed by Michał Znaniecki). He played many main parts, such as Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Barinkay in Der Zigeunerbaron, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles, Ernesto in Don Pasquale. He also made many concert and oratorio performances in Poland and abroad and various recordings (S. Moniuszko’s opera Paria, soundtrack to Music, War and Love together with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra). He received a Golden Mask Award for the vocal-acting role in Romeo and Juliet.
He graduated from the Academy of Music in Katowice with major in Vocal Performance under the tutorship of Prof. Stanisława Marciniak-Gowarzewska, previously receiving a Master’s Degree in Music Education under the guidance of Prof. Adolf Dygacz. He made his debut in 1990 in the Silesian Opera as Nemorino in G. Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore – since then he is a soloist of this theatre. He also performed in opera theatres in Cracow, Szczecin, Wrocław and abroad: in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Italy and Slovakia.
He made many recordings for TV and radio. He currently lectures at the Vocal-Education Institute of the Silesian University in Cieszyn. He performed as i.a. Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Boni in Die Csárdásfürstin, Beppo in Pagliacci, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Walter in Tannhäuser, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Count Stanislaus in Der Vogelhändler, Gaston in Traviata, Siebel in Faust, Abdallo in Nabucco and Borsa in Rigoletto.
He graduated from the F. Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz (the class of Marek Moździerz and Tadeusz Szlenkier). He improved his vocal skills during masterclasses conducted by Neil Shicoff, Eytan Pessen, Matias Rexroth, Izabela Kłosińska, Helena Łazarska, Katarzyna Rymarczyk, Adam Kruszewski, Leszek Świdziński, Matias Robas and Tomasz Konieczny.
He participated in a Young Talent Education Programme at the National Opera – Great Theatre in Warsaw.
He made his debut in 2011 as Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro during the Opera Youth Forum in the Opera “Nova” in Bydgoszcz. There he also sang the part of Smith in de Falla’s La Vida breve and the main part in Millocker’s Der Bettelstudent.
He collaborates with the Zabrze Philharmonic and Musica Viva ensemble (performances i.a. in Bremen, Lilenthal and Schwerin). In 2017 he sang the part of Abdall in a concert performance of Verdi’s Nabucco in Bremen. He performed at the Warsaw Chamber Opera (Monostatos in Die Zauberflote and Arbace in Idomeneo, both composed by W. A. Mozart).
Wiesław Ochman is a tenor. For over 50 years he has been performing at the biggest opera theatres in the world. Before he made his life choice, he studied at the Ceramics Institute of the AGH University of Science and Technology from 1954 to 1960 and received a Master of Engineering Degree. During his studies he has been improving his vocal skills under the guidance of Gustaw Serafin. After joining the Silesian Opera he was improving his vocal performance abilities under the guidance of Maria Szłapak.
He made his debut at the Silesian Opera as Muezino in Ludomir Różycki’s Casanova and then played Edgar in Gaetan Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. During the next season he sang i.e. parts of Stefan in Stanisław Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor, Nadir in George Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles, Lionel in Friedrich von Flotow’s Martha and Max in Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz. In the 1963/64 season he performed in the Cracow Opera where he played Cavaradossi in Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca and The Young King in Karol Szymanowski’s Hagith. In 1964 he performed in the Grand Theatre in Warsaw as Jontek in Stanisław Moniuszko’s Halka, Doctor Faust in Charles Gounod’s Faust, Don José in Georges Bizet’s Carmen and Cavaradossi in Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. In the 1966-68 period he started his international career. Since then he performs regularly on the biggest opera scenes in the world, i.a. La Scala in Milan, Metropolitan Opera in New York and opera theatres in Barcelona, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Hamburg, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Salzburg, San Francisco, Sevilla and Vienna. He participates in the most prestigious music festivals accompanied by orchestras conducted by the most outstanding conductors.
He made many radio recordings, he also recorded over fifty albums for renowned labels with parts in such masterpieces as Richard Strauss’s Salome, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem and Idomeneo conducted by Karl Böhm, Antonín Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 conducted by Rafael Kublik (DG), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Missa Solemnis in C minor together with Claudio Abbado, Leoš Janáček’s Jenufa conducted by Charles Mackerras (Decca), Sergei Prokofiev’s War and Peace conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich (Erato).
Charity work was an important part of Wiesław Ochman’s activity. In 1998 on the occasion of Adam Mickiewicz’s 200th birthday the artist gathered the works of Polish painters; they were then put up on auction in the Polish Consulate General in New York. The whole revenue was used to renovate the Adam Mickiewicz Museum in Vilnius. There, on March 7th 1999, Ochman gave a recital preceding another auction of paintings collected by the artist for “Our Częstochowa” Association. The collected funds were donated to scholarships and art support initiatives. The Silesian Opera has also received considerable amounts. Since 1993 Wiesław Ochman has also been doing his charity work as an artistic director and a performer at yearly “Wiesław Ochman and his guests” concerts in Zawiercie. The whole revenue was being donated to the Foundation for the Zawiercie’s Hospital “Auxilium”. After 1999 Wiesław Ochman also began directing. He directed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Giuseppe Verdi’s Traviata, Franz Lehar’s Der Zarewitsch, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Georges Bizet’s Carmen and Stanisław Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor.
Painting is another one of Wiesław Ochman’s artistic passions. The artist has made over 70 exhibitions. He is a laureate of the Second Degree State Prize (1973) and Cracow City’s Prize (1976). In 1977 the Mayor of Warsaw awarded Wiesław Ochman with a Medal of 400 Years of the Capital City of Warsaw and the Polish President honored him with Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. He is an honorary citizen of Bytom, Zawiercie and Zelów and received the Order of the Smile. He is a member of the Polish Academy of Learning and received an honorary doctoral degree of the AGH University of Science and Technology and I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. A roundabout in Zawiercie has been named after him.
For many years Wiesław Ochman was the Chairman of the Silesian Opera’s Programme Council. He always felt and feels connected with this theater in particular. There he made his debut and began his great artistic career. In September 2013 he was the artistic director and a pedagogue at the First Academy of Vocal Art in the Silesian Opera in Bytom.
Born on December 26th 1980 in Kielce. He graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice under the tutorship of Prof. Alicja Słowakiewicz-Wolańska. In 2004 he joined the Gliwice Music Theatre. From 2005 to 2007 he worked at the Music Theatre in Lublin. He joined the Cracow Opera where he performed as Darly in the world premiere of Karol Szymanowski’s operetta Lottery for Husbands. He won many prizes at competitions and festivals such as: 2004 – he participated in a TV Performance during European Jan Kiepura European Festival in Krynica Górska, 2006 – 4th award at the 2nd National Iwona Borowicka Operetta Competition in Cracow, 2008 – Honorable Mention and 4 prizes (including the Best Tenor Award) at the Second International Adam Didur Opera Singers Competition in Butom. 2008 – Second Prize at the 3rd National Iwona Borowiecka Operetta Competition. In May 2009 Adam Sobierajski got the Third Prize at the 1st European Tenors Competition in Sosnowiec. He collaborates with the Grand Theatre in Poznań, Silesian Opera in Bytom, Music Theatre in Lublin, Silesian Philharmonic, Zabrze Philharmonic, Kielce Philharmonic and Toruń Philharmonic.
Aleksander Teliga is an outstanding Polish opera singer who ranks among the world’s best bass voices. He graduated from the Vocal and Acting Institute of the M. Lysenko Conservatory in Lviv. Since 1989 he works and lives in Poland. He sang such parts as Zaccaria in Nabucco, Philippe in Don Carlos, Silva in Ernani, Ramfis in Aida, Banco in Macbeth, Scarpia in Tosca, Méphistophélès in Faust, Escamilio in Carmen, Dikoj in Katia Kabanova, Vodnik in Rusalka, Boris in Boris Godunov, Tsar Dodon in Zolotoy petushok, Griemin in Eugene Onegin, General in Prokofiev’s The Gambler, Boris Timofeyevich in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.
He performed at i.a. the Staatsoper-Berlin, Opera Dortmund, The Royal Danish Opera House Kopenhaga, Opera Lyon, Opera de Monte-Carlo, Grand Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Royal Theater in Dublin, Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma, Teatro Communale w Bologna, Gran Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Opera Nacional de Mexico, Teatro Santiago de Chile, National Opera – Grand Theatre in Warsaw, Grand Théâtre de Genève, National Finnish Opera, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
One of his biggest achievements was his participation in 6 productions of La Scala and 4 production of Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
He made performances together with world famous opera singers such as D. Dessi, D. Schellenberger, E. Obrazcova, D. Hvorostovskiy, F. Furlanetto, P. Gavanelli, G. Bartolini, M. Kwiecień. He collaborated with such acclaimed conductors and directors as i.a. D. Barenboim, Y. Temirkanov, D. Gatti, G. de Bozio, B. Herzl, S. Guadanio. V. Yurowsky, V. Sinajskij, A. Vierdernikov and Kazushi Ono. He made CD and DVD recordings abroad. In 2013 he participated in recording Stanisław Moniuszko’s Verbum Nobile for DUX Publishing House; the recording received a prestigious International Cassical Music Award. In 2015 in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow he made a recording of L. Diestiatnikov’s Rosenthal’s Children for Sony Classical Records.
He received many awards from ZASP and Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. In 1991 he received a Golden Mask for the role of Silva in G. Verdi’s Ernani. In 1993 he received a Golden Mask for the role of Méphistophélès in Charles Gounod’s Faust.
In 2003 he finished his PhD thesis at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. In 2005 he opened the first Private Opera School in Poland. In 2007 he inaugurated the Gloria European Music Festival. In 2009 he received an Arion Award from ZASP for outstanding achievements. Since 2005 he teaches at the Department of Instrumental and Educational Studies of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Bialystok.
Juliusz Ursyn-Niemcewicz was born in Gliwice where he took his first singing lessons from Prof. Jan Ballarina. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Warsaw under the tutorship of Prof. Krystyna Szczepańska. He soon began giving concerts on a regular basis as a soloist both in the country and abroad – Austria, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany. He was a stipendist of music universities in Losanne and Geneva, he participated in masterclasses conducted by Prof. Jean C. Auber and Prof. P. Lisicjan.
He joined the Silesian Opera in 1995 where he made his debut as Canio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci. That’s where he created many meaningful roles, such as Jontek in Halka, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Offenbach’s Barbe-blue, Enzo Grimaldo’s Gioconda, Edwin in Die, Csárdásfürstin, Grigoriy in Boris Godunov, Alfredo in Traviata, Camil in Die Lustige Witwe. He also performed in Europe. He made his foreign debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca. He won the casting for the role competing against 120 tenors from all over the world. He also sang the part of Cavaradossi in the Berlin Opera and Neubrandengurg in the unconventional Christian von Goetz’s staging. After his successful performance in Tosca he took part in another casting for the role of Prince in Rigoletto. He won again; the premiere took Place in the Potsdam Opera in 2002 and was directed by Manfred Straube. He also sang this part in theatres in Hannover, Dusseldorf, London and Naples.
He also made many recordings for the Polish Television, including Wojciech Kilar’s The Grey Mist in collaboration with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antoni Wit, Ramirez’s Misa Criolla. He also performed Fryderyk Chopin’s songs together with Wojciech Świtała. That performance opened i.a. the Chopin Year in London in 1999, it was witnessed by British Queen Elizabeth II. Juliusz Ursyn-Niemcewicz’s career was also the topic of varius TV programmes created by TVP3.
He often gives concerts with Polish philharmonic orchestras, he was a regular guest of Bogusław Kaczyński’s gala during many editions of Jan Kiepura Festival in Krynica-Zdrój. On many occasions he performed in the USA and Canada (New York, Toronto, Chicago, Ontario) giving opera music concerts.
He also collaborated with the Great Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw on a regular basis.
Feliks Widera graduated from the Vocal Institute of the Academy of Music in Katowic.
Metallurgy engineer – he is a graduate of the Silesian University of Technology.
He is a very versatile singer with a wide opera, operetta, oratorio-cantata and songs repertoire.
He sang 44 opera and operetta parts (including ones in the original language), such as: Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Alfred in Traviata, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Stefan in The Haunted Manor, Shuysky in Boris Godunov, Barinkay in Der Zigeunerbaron, Danilo in Die lustige Witwe and Ismael in Nabucco.
He made concerts and plays, adapted spectacles for tours, he is the author of many concert scenarios of Die Fledermaus, Der Zigeunerbaron, Der Bettelstudent, Die Zauberflöte in the original language. He is also a valued assistant director.
In the Silesian Opera he collaborated with many notable conductors and directors. He collaborated with the Cracow Opera for a few seasons (Traviata, Der Zigeunerbaron), the Wrocław Opera (Der Zigeunerbaron), the Silesian Operetta (Der Vogelhändler, Die lustige Witwe, Orphée aux enfers).
He participated in many international tournee, i.a. with the Silesian Opera, twice in the USA and Canada, several times in West Germany, Italy, Czehoslovakia, Hungary and Portugal.
He gave concerts in prestigious concert halls of Frankfurt, Berlin Philharmonic, Konzerthalle in Berlin, St. Patrick Cathedral in New York. He collaborated with the Landestheater Linz in Austria for two seasons.
He collaborated with philharmonic orchestras on several occasions, i.a. with the Silesian Philharmonic, Zielona Góra Philharmonic, Opole Philharmonic, Toruń Chamber Orchestra, Frankfurt Philharmonic Orchestra.
He made recordings for the Polish Television (In Carnival Mood, Der Zigeunerbaron), Polish Radio (R. Schumann’s A Poet’s Love), CDs: Nabucco, In the Land of Operetta – Play Me Your Melody, Wine, Women and Song. He is a laureate of the Gold Album and Platinum Album for the G. Verdi’s Nabucco CD recording.
He is a professor at the Academy of Music in Katowice in the Vocal and Acting Institute. Among the graduates of the Vocal class are i.a. Maciej Bartczak PhD, Maciej Komandera, Grażyna Zelek-Fenger, Dobromiła Lebiecka-Koźlak, Krzysztof Iwaszkiewicz, Patrycy Hauke, Bartosz Urbanowicz.
Profesor nadzw. Akademii Muzycznej w Katowicach na Wydziale Wokalno-Aktorskim. Wśród dyplomantów którzy kończyli studia w klasie wokalnej są m.in. dr Maciej Bartczak, Maciej Komandera, Grażyna Zelek-Fenger, Dobromiła Lebiecka-Koźlak, Krzysztof Iwaszkiewicz, Patrycy Hauke, Bartosz Urbanowicz.
In that way, Prince Shuisky (Feliks Widera) is the production's key character. Cultural Bulletin 24/272
Leokadia Duży and Feliks Widera were exceptionally charming, winning the audience with both singing and acting. Regina Gowarzewska-Griessgraber „Trybuna Śląska”, December 2nd 2002
The lyrical voice of a tenor Feliks Widera shown the beauty of Moniuszko’s melodics with all of its tones and vocal nuances that can only be brought out by skillful singers. The soloist had the chance to show his skills singing Jontek’s aria from Halka and the most beautiful of Polish arias – Stefan’s Z kurantem from The Haunted Manor. This was the highlight of the lyrical ravishment and patriotic repertoire. Bartosz Żurakowski „Nowa Trybuna Opolska”, February 27th 2002
Schmetternd und In jugendlicher Frische gab sich Tenor Feliks Widera als Ismael. Christa Bechtel. Bad Essen April 18th 2004
„Ich habe mich sofort wohl gefühlt und war auch gut aufgehoben, als mich der polnische Sänger Feliks Widera in nahezu perfektem Deutsch ansprach, an der hand nahm und zunächst zum Ankleiden id der Künstlergarderobe führte“ Josef Perathoner. Neuenburg August 7th 2004
Feliks Widera immerhin gab als jugendlich-frisch klingender Tenor In der Rolle des Ismaele eine gute Vorstellung. Siegener Zeitung, August 4th 2004
Romuald Tesarowicz made guest performance as the title character. The leading Polish bass created a convicing role. Feliks Widera as Shuysky was a great partner; he was probably the best considering vocal and acting skills. Anna Woźniakowska „Dziennik Polski”, April 21st 2005.
The performance, which was being prepared in secret from the jubilee, consists of three parts. It was a great summary of Henry Konwiński’s artistic activity. (…) Directing: Olga Kozimala-Kliś, stage collaboration: Feliks Widera. (…) Silesian Opera’s artists entertained the audience with cheerful fragments of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Die lustige Witwe, moved them with arias from Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly, Gioconda and many others. Kinga Twarowska, 2005.
Once again, bravo for Sabina Olbrich-Szafraniec and Feliks Widera. They ripped the rigid formula and presented the real charm and wit of Lehar’s operetta. Michał Baron
Feliks Widera’s website:
He graduated from the F. Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz (the class of Prof. J. Greszta. He made his debut on the scene of the Great Theatre in Poznań as Zbigniew in The Haunted Manor. He is a soloist of the Silesian Opera in Bytom; he also collaborates with i.a. Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz, Baltic Opera, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic and Czech Opera in Prague. He sang many main parts, such as: Scarpio in G. Puccini’s Tosca, Barnaba in A. Ponchelli’s Gioconda, Rodrigo in G. Verdi’s Don Carlos and Nabucco in G. Verdi’s Nabucco. In 2013 he made his debut at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth performing Wotan’s monologue from Die Walküre and The Dutchman / Senta duet from The Flying Dutchman.
Born in 1968. He began his career in the State Folk Group of Song and Dance “Mazowsze”. He made his opera debut as Bard in Krakowiacy i Górale (directed by Krzysztof Kolberger) in 1991 in the Great Theatre in Warsaw. In 1992 he played the main part of Antonio in Tides and Waves musical at the Cultural Olympiad in Barcelona. From 1993 to 1996 he was a soloist of the Szczecin Opera and Operetta and Opera “Nova” in Bydgoszcz. In 1996 he joined the Silesian Opera as a soloist.
Among his essential roles are Zbigniew in The Haunted Manor, Alvise in Gioconda, Sarastro in Die Zauberflote, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Hermann in Tannhauser, Ramfis in Aida, Boris Godunov in Boris Godunov, Tonio in I Pagliacci, Escamillo in Carmen and Raimond in Lucia di Lammermoor. He also performed as Zaccaria in Nabucco for over 120 times during the Silesian Opera’s tournee in the West Europe. He collaborates with the Cracow Opera.
He began his music education in the class of violin in the National I. J. Paderewski Music School in Tarnowskie Góry. In 2007 he won the First Prize at the Amateur Vocal Competition Silesian Singing organized by Śląsk Dance and Song Ensemble. He began his vocal studies in 2008 in the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in the class of Prof. Jan Ballarin (Vocal-Instrumental Department). He graduated in 2013. He participated in masterclasses conducted by Wiesław Ochman, Daniel Weeks and Ryszard Karczykowski. In a student performance of the Vilnius version of Stanisław Moniuszko’s Halka. He sang the part of Jontek. He participated in the 3rd and 4th International Adam Didur Opera Singers Competition in Bytom and the 1st International Andrzej Hiolski Vocal Competition in Kudowa Zdrój.
He made his debut as Cascada in a F. Lehar operetta Die lustige Witwe on the scene of Gliwice Music Theatre. In the Silesian Opera he sings the parts of Ottokar in J. Strauss’ operetta Der Zigeunerbaron, Fred in F. Loewe’s musical My Fair Lady, Dancair in G. Bizet’s Carmen, Schaunard in G. Puccini’s La bohème. He also collaborates with the Silesian Philharmonic, Zabrze Philharmonic, Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic. He performed at the R. Moreno Rathgeb’s Requiem for Auschwitz concert (conducted by Riccardo Sahiti) dedicated do the victims of Holocaust.
Agata Maśnica (concertmaster), Jan Knapik (concertmaster), Dobrochna Bagniewska, Anna Śliwczyńska, Lilianna Janusz, Karolina Korelus, Weronika Sidorska, Jacek Głogowski, Ewa Doleżych (collaboration)
Małgorzata Orzińska, Iwona Mocała, Aleksandra Kasperek, Roksana Myślińska, Grażyna Kwiatkowska, Monika Wrzos (collaboration)
Barbara Księżyk (concertmaster), Łukasz Unger, Barbara Kostka, Weronika Milik, Krzysztof Gwóźdź
Adam Markwica (concertmaster), Nikol Latocha (koncertmistrz), Maria Kubisa, Jaroslav Popov, Agnieszka Bator-Skowrońska, Agnieszka Majchrzyk (collaboration)
Stanisław Rymarczyk (I głos), Szymon Ręczmin, Piotr Kucharz
Marta Gargas-Borowy, Elżbieta Baklarz (collaboration)
Małgorzata Bugiel (I głos), Tacjana Czech (I głos), Marta Gaweł-Nowak, Dominika Łysik
Gabriel Koszela (I głos), Klaudiusz Sowa (I głos), Sebastian Wizner (I głos)
Marian Bugdoł (I głos), Dariusz Jursza (I głos), Katarzyna Pala, Dominika Kubicka (collaboration), Marian Tobor (collaboration)
Cezary Kowalski (I głos), Julia Ilczuk, Kasper Lechowski
Igor Czaban (I głos), Alina Pietrzak, Jadwiga Surtel, Kamil Wieczorek (collaboration)
Jacek Król (I głos), Kornel Wieczorek, Mateusz Kisielnicki, Łukasz Mruczek
Roman Chrząścik (I głos), Dawid Guzy (I głos), Robert Waloszczyk, Piotr Sotniczuk
Karol Mueller (collaboration), Marcin Korelus (collaboration)
Aleksander Kulawik (I głos), Tomasz Kubista, Krzysztof Więcaszek, Mateusz Misiak, Zygmunt Przegendza (collaboration)
Second Orchestra Inspector
Aleksandra Piotrowska-Zaręba, Douglas De Oliveira Ferreira, Grzegorz Pajdzik, Tomasz Sośnik,
Daniil Alexandrov, Ewa Czampiel-Matura, Artur Dmochowski, Michalina Drozdowska, Anna Kmiecik-Sokalla, Sylwia Kubacka-Werner, Monika Latusek, Ai Okuno, Karol Pluszczewicz , Aleksandra Pytel
Corps de ballet
Ellen Bremer, Sara Guarnieri, Viridiana Hernandez-Martinez, Mitsuki Noda, Keisuke Komori, Aleksandra Lach, Katarzyna Nalepa, Keisuke Sakai, Małgorzata Timofiejew, Raimundo Vicente Marco, Paweł Kranz, Patryk Nowacki, Krzysztof Szczygieł, Kurara Ushizaka
Students of The Ludomir Różycki Comprehensive Ballet School in Bytom
Kazimierz Cieśla, Lucyna Popławska