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Ganna Walska in the blue garden 1958. Ganna Walska picking lemons, photo: courtesy Ganna Walska Lotusland

Polish-born Ganna Walska was an operatic singer so unsuccessful that her failure as a vocalist is near-legendary: it inspired a theme of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane and has been described in numerous books. But, after giving up on her short-lived career as a singer, she created Lotusland, a public garden considered one of the world’s most unique.

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Lilianna Zalesińska, photo by Sebastian Grzywa

Mezzosopranist, song interpreter, a frequent contemporary music and opera performer.

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Artur Ruciński, photo: Andrzej Świetlik

Opera singer (baritone), born on the 25th April 1976 in Warsaw.

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Aleksandra Kurzak

Aleksandra KurzakPolish-born soprano Aleksandra Kurzak began her musical education at the age of 7, playing violin and piano. She studied voice at the conservatories of Wrocław and Hamburg. Kurzak made her professional opera debut at the age of 21 at the Wrocław State Opera as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, in which she performed with her mother and teacher Jolanta Żmurko (cast in the role of Countess). The artist is a laureate of numerous singing competitions in Warsaw, Barcelona, Helsinki and Canton. In 2009 she received a PhD in Music.

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Piotr Beczała signing the contract with Deutsche Grammophon, photo by Stefanie Starz - DG

This tenor is among the top tier of opera singers in the world. He performs regularly in starring roles on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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Jadwiga Rappé. Photo: Andrzej Świetlik

An alto specializing in oratorio music; her repertoire comprises oratorio parts ranging from the Baroque to modern, song cycles and operatic arias.

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