Aleksandra Buczek is a soprano singer, graduate of the Academy of Music in Wrocław, and two-time nominee of Polityka's Passport Award. She is passionate about the history of art and resurrecting the works of forgotten composers.
Soprano singer, twice nominated for a Polityka Passport Award.
Buczek won first prize at the 2nd Halina Halska International Vocal Competition in Wrocław, as well as third prize and several special awards at the 1st Adam Didur International Opera Singers’ Competition in Bytom. She received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the Richard Wagner Stipendienstiftung at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth (Germany).
The artist’s stage debut took place while she was still a student in the role of Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the Wrocław Opera, which Aleksandra Buczek cooperated with for several seasons. In 2007, she made her debut at the Teatr Wielki – the Polish National Opera in Warsaw, once more in the role of Queen of the Night. In the same year she recorded a DVD in the Role of Roxana in King Roger with the Wrocław Opera company. The album won the Fryderyk statuette in the Classical music category.
In 2008, Aleksandra Buczek appeared on the stage of the ABAO, the Basque opera in Bilbao (Spain), as Despina in Mozart’s Thus Do They All. In 2009, Buczek participated in the production of Szymanowski’s King Roger in the role of Roxana as part of the Bregenz Festival in Austria. In the same year she made her debut in the role of Zerbinetta with the Baltic Opera company during the MEZZO Opera Competition & Festival at the National Theatre in Szeged (Hungary). Buczek also played Armina in Bellini’s The Sleepwalker at the Szczecin Castle Opera. The performance was nominated for an Amber Ring Award. In 2009 she appeared in Ariadne on Naxos by Richard Strauss at the Baltic Opera.
The role of Zerbinetta was performed by Aleksandra Buczek with indisputable success (and apparently she was a substitute). She gained the attention and sympathy of the audience with her temperament, sex appeal, convincing lyrical voice (in the scene with the Composer) and the almost perfect execution of the unique aria di bravura Grossmachtige Prinzessin, in which Zerbinetta tries to make contact with Ariadne ‘like a woman with a woman’.
– reported Olgierd Pisarenko from the show.
In 2010, Aleksandra Buczek went on a New Year’s concert tour of China with a repertoire consisting of the works of Johann Strauss. In the same year the first solo album of the artist, Poniatowski Rediscovered Opera Arias, was released. The album contains selected arias from the composer’s operas, recorded for the first time.
Aleksandra Buczek as Laura in Poniatowski’s Pierre de Médicis (in spectacular arias in the first act and subsequent ensembles) once more demonstrates the great sounding of her soprano and its lovely dark nuances, as well as the thickness of her lower register, which is uncommon for high voices
– wrote Marłgorzata Komorowska on the pages of Ruch Muzyczny.
In 2013, Aleksandra Buczek debuted at the National Theatre in Brno in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the role of Donna Anna. In the same year the album Verbum Nobile by Stanisław Moniuszko recorded by the artist with the Szczecin Castle Opera company received the prestigious International Classical Music Award. The album was also nominated for a Fryderyk award.
In the role of Ms Łagodzianka Moniuszko was generous with Italian-style fiorituras (in the duet with the baritone of the alleged Stanisław and in the final ensemble), and extreme melancholy in the elegy, while Aleksandra Buczek’s efficient soprano adds to the delicate coquetry.
– commented Ruch Muzyczny.
During the 7th Polish Music Festival in Kraków, the artist participated in the Polish premiere of the opera Pierre de Médicis by Józef Michał Ksawery Poniatowski, a composer of Polish origin who was born in Rome. Pierre de Médicis also appeared in the form of a CD album, which was repeatedly broadcast by BBC Radio 3, and was positively received by critics in Poland and abroad. In 2014 Aleksandra Buczek sang in the premiere performance of Oskar Kolberg’s King of Shepherds.
The artist has leading soprano roles in her repertoire: Violetta (La Traviata), Amina (La Sonnambula), Maria (Maria di Rohan), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) Gilda (Rigoletto), Musetta (La Bohème), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Laura Salviati (Pierre de Médicis), Roxana (King Roger). She also keenly performs oratorios and works by contemporary Polish composers like Requiem for my Friend by Zbigniew Preisner, Angelus by Wojciech Kilar, and Symphony of Sorrowful Songs by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. She has worked with conductors such as: Eduardo López Banzo, Łukasz Borowicz, Massimiliano Caldi, Mark Elder, Peter Feranec, Vladimir Kiradjiev, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marek Tracz.
Source: press materials, 03.03.2015, transl. Bozhana Nikolova