Małgorzata Walewska is a mezzosoprano, born on 5th July 1965 in Warsaw.
Śpiewaczka (mezzosopran), urodzona 5 lipca 1965 w Warszawie.
She studied in Halina Słonicka’s singing class at the Academy of Music in Warsaw, graduating with honours in 1994. While still a student, in 1990, she won second prize at the International Academic Vocal Competition in Wrocław, and in 1992, first prize at the Alfred Kraus Competition in Las Palmas (Canary Islands). She was also a finalist of the Belvedere Competition in Vienna (1992), the Luciano Pavarotti Competition in Philadelphia (1992), and the Stanisław Moniuszko Competition in Warsaw (1992), during which she won Janina Korolewicz-Waydowa Award and a special award founded by Elżbieta Ardam.
Since 1991, she has been collaborating with the Wielki Theatre in Warsaw, where she made her debut as Aza in Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s Manru. Since then, her repertoire has expanded greatly and now includes the following roles: Judith in Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, the title role in Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Polina in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades and Olga in Eugene Onegin, Pierroto in Gaetano Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix, Santuzza in Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Arnalta in Claudio Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea, Fenena in Nabucco, Emilia in Othello, Amneris in Aida, Ulrica in the Masked Balland Miss Quickly in Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi, Charlotte in Jules Massenet’s Werther, Cieca in Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, the title role in Camille Saint-Saëns’s Samson and Dalila, Marguerite in Hector Berlioz’s Le Damnation de Faust, Bersi in Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, Sonyetka in Dmitry Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Jocasta in Igor Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, and Sin in Krzysztof Penderecki’s Paradise Lost.
Małgorzata Walewska has made guest appearances at opera theatres in Berlin (Deutsche Oper), Bremen, Düsseldorf (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), Essen, Geneva, Klagenfurt, Las Palmas, Luxembourg, Rome (Teatro dell'Opera), Santa Cruz, Florida (Palm Beach Opera), and San Francisco (San Francisco Opera). Between 1996 and 1998, she had a permanent contract with the Vienna Staatsoper, and since 1999 she has been working with the Dresden Semperoper. Her stage partners include Renato Bruson, Placido Domingo, Simon Estes, Edita Gruberova, Thomas Hampson, Dmitrij Hvorostovsky, Luis Lima, Luciano Pavarotti, and Bernhard Weikl.
Manru – Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Małgorzata Walewska has worked with many world-renowned conductors such as Marco Armiliato, Semyon Bychkov, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Asher Fish, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Jordan, Vladimir Jurowski, Marko Letonja, Nicola Luisotti, Carlo Montanaro, Stefan Soltesz, Carlo Rizzi, Massimo Zanetti, and Andriy Yurkevych. In 2015, she made her debut as Kundra in Wagner’s Parsifal. She ended the season as Countess in the Queen of Spades at the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg. Walewska began the 2016/2017 season as Widow in Władysław Żeleński’s Goplana in the Wielki Theatre – National Opera. In the 2018/2019 season, the artist returned to Opera Köln, where she played the role of Auntie in Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes. She then performed as Zofia in The Man from Manufaktura. The opera was composed by Rafał Janiak, who was selected in an international competition, and the world premiere took place on 2nd February 2019 at the Wielki Theatre in Łódź.
The artist has also successfully performed in concert and oratorio repertoire, performing works by, among others, Johann Sebastian Bach (Magnificat), Ludwig van Beethoven (Symphony No. 9), Hector Berlioz (The Death of Cleopatra), Anton Bruckner (Te Deum), Arthur Honegger (Le Roi David), Franz Liszt (Christus), Gustav Mahler (Symphony No. 2 and No. 3), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Coronation Mass), Feliks Nowowiejski (The Finding of the Holy Cross), Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Gioacchino Rossini (Stabat Mater), Giuseppe Verdi (Requiem), and Antonio Vivaldi (Gloria). She has performed in Austria, Finland, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and the United States and has taken part in many music festivals.
She has recorded for such record companies as Sony Music Poland (Voce di donna – 2000, Mezzo – 2000) and DUX (Panta Rhei – 2004, Walewska and Friends – 2004).
In 2002, Małgorzata Walewska was awarded the Milito pro Christo Medal. In 2015, she was appointed the Artistic Director of the Ada Sari International Festival and Competition of Vocal Art in Nowy Sącz. A year later, she was awarded the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for Merit to Polish Culture.
Artist’s website: www.malgorzatawalewska.com
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- Voce di Donna – H. Berlioz, G. Bizet, A. Ponchielli, C. Saint-Saens, P. Czajkowski, G. Verdi (2000, Sony Music Entertainment Poland)
- Mezzo – L.v Beethoven, G. Bizet, G. Fauré, J.P. Martini, J. Offenbach, P. Rubik, G. Verdi (2000, Sony Music Entertainment Poland)
- Walewska and Friends – C. Bixio, G. Bizet, N. Brodzky, J. Canteloube, J. M. Cano, V. Di Chiara, E. de Curtis, R. Drigo, Jerzy Dobrzański, J. Gall, S. Gambardella, J. Harald, B. Kaper, J. Lawina-Świętochowski, M. Leigh, A. Marko, A. Ornelas, G. Puccini, J. Rodrigo, R. Rodgers, L. Różycki, R. Sieczyński, R. Stolz, F. P. Tosti, G. Verdi, K. Zeller (2004, DUX)
- Szymanowski, Wagner: Songs – K. Szymanowski, R. Wagner (2008, DUX)
- Carmen – G. Bizet (2008, Fonografika)
- Farny – T. Albinoni, C. Franck, G. F. Händel, Ch. Gounod/J. S. Bach, Jan z Lublina, G. B. Pergolesi, R. Grudzień, F. Schubert, G. Verdi (2009, DUX)
- Christmas Time: Traditional Polish Christmas Carols – F. Gruber, Z. Noskowski (2012, Universal Music Polska)
- Wojciech Kilar, Missa Pro Pace – Wojciech Kilar (2017, DUX)
- Anton Rubinstein: Moses – Anton Rubinstein (2018, Warner Classics)
Originally written in Polish by Małgorzata Kosińska, Polish Music Information Center, Polish Composers' Union, January 2005. Translated and updated by Marcin Gozdanek, November 2019.