Anna Radziejewska studied at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in the class of Jerzy Artysz, from where she graduated with honours in 1998. She debuted on the stage of the National Opera House with the part of Bona in the Wyrywacz serc / Heart Extractor by Elżbieta Sikora. Since 1999 she has cooperated with the Warsaw Chamber Opera where she sings leading mezzo-soprano roles in Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo, The Return of Ulysses, and The Coronation of Poppea; Georg Friedrich Handel’s Cosi fan tutte, La Betulia liberate, and La clemenza di Tito; Gioacchino Rossini’s Semiramide, and The Barber of Seville; and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Oniegin.
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She is a leading performer of the main parts in Salvatore Sciarrino’s operas. She performed as La Malaspina in Luci mie traditrici, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Izumi in Da gelo a gelo, and Superflumina in La donna. She specialises in chamber opera, performing in L’altro giardia, and Cantiere dle poema (dedicated to her), amongst others.
Anna Radziejewska’s repertoire is very broad, covering song recitals, full concerts and oratory pieces (Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Antonio Vivaldi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Gioacchino Rossini, Karol Szymanowski, Antonín Dvořák)
Anna Radziejewski records albums for DUX recording label with her long-time associate, pianist Mariusz Rutkowski. Together they recorded a complete set of songs by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, which earned them a nomination for the Fryderyk Award (the main Polish music industry award), songs by Karol Szymanowski and songs and carols written by Witold Lutosławski.
Concerts and festivals
The singer has performed all over Poland and abroad, including in Munich, Cologne, Berlin, Brunswick, Freiburg, Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, Geneva, Luzern, Athena, Bilbao, Okayama, Kobe, Nagano and Tokyo. She has cooperated with the world’s best orchestras, such as Slovak Radio Orchestra, Opera Royal de Wallon Orchestra, Bayerische Stattsoper Orchestra, Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Luzernertheater Orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta Żilina, Collegium Musicum Köln, Concerto Vocale, MACV, Kleine Cammer-Musique, Musicalia, Il Tempo. She also has cooperated with famous conductors including: Wojciech Michniewski, Enrique Diemecke, Harry Bicket, Robert Stankovsky, Jan Pasveer, Jerzy Swoboda, Gheorge Costin, David Miller, Władysław Kłosiewicz, Jacek Kaspszyk, Ivor Bolton, Attilio Cremonesi, Sebastien Rouland, Siergiej Stadler, Giorgio Croci, Maciej Figas, Chikara Imamura, Andreas Spering, Jean Christoph Spinosi, Tito Ceccherini, Beat Furrer, Michel Tabachnik, Antoni Wit and Johannes Debus.
She took part in following festivals: ‘Warsaw Autumn’ International Festival of Contemporary Music, Warsaw Music Meetings, Mozart’s’ Festival, Baroque Opera Festival, Claudio Monteverdi’s Festival, Gaude Mater Festival in Chęstochowa, Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, Theaterformen Braunschweig, Stimmenfestival Lorrach, Festival de Chopin en Valldemossa en Mallorca, Wiener Festwochen, and Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele.
Between 1997-98 she received a scholarship from the president of Warsaw. She is a laureate of many national and international contests, such as: Karlove Vary (special prize, 1996), Mario del Monaco (3rd prize, 2000), Grand Prix Maria Callas (2nd prize, 2001) Opera de Wallonie (4th prize, 2001), and Bilbao (finalist 2002). She also received a special Andrzej Hiolski award for the best opera debut in 2001.
Author: Małgorzata Kosińska, Polish Music Information Centre, Polish Composers’ Union, March 2006, updates: 2009, March 2014.