Anna Radziejewska, Michał Zieliński

Mezzo-soprano. Graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, singing class taught by Jerzy Artysz (diploma with distinction in 1998).

Between 1999 and 2017 she was a soloist at the Warsaw Chamber Opera. She’s appeared on stages of the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls in Europe and Japan, and performed during the leading music festivals, e.g. the Salzburg Festspiele, the Holland Festival, the Maerz Festival Berlin, the Wiener Festwochen, the Schwetzingen Festival, or the Warsaw Autumn.

Since her debut as Lady Macbeth in S. Sciarrino’s Macbeth in Luzern (2004) Radziejewska has been considered one of the world’s leading performers of the composer’s works. The part of Izumi in the opera Da gelo a gelo and La Donna in Superflumina, as well as the chamber piece Immagina il deserto were composed especially for her by Sciarrino himself. She’s frequently appeared as La Malaspina in Luci mie traditrici, Suzarra in L’altro giardino, sung in La nuova Euridice in Teatro alla Scala in Milan, etc.

She sang parts composed especially for her in operas Transcryptum by W. Blecharz (first performance 2013) and Orfeé by D. Przybylski (first performance 2015). Radziejewska has performed in many stagings of operas by Handel, Vivaldi, Janáček, Mascagni, Mozart, Tchaykovsky, Rossini, Puccini, Sikora, and collaborated with such directors as T. Brown, R. Carsen, R. Horn, A. Freyer, V. Boussard, L. Engels, A. Schwalbach, K. Thoma, R. Peryt, M. Prus, J. Stokalska, M. Weiss, N. Kozłowska, R. Hoffmann, P. Partum, M. Hackenbeck, J. Schloemer, M. Treliński.

Her diverse repertoire also includes songs, chamber works, oratorios and cantatas. She gives concerts with many acclaimed ensembles, specializing in both early music (Collegium Musicum Koeln, Concerto Vocale, Il Tempo, MACV, La Fenice, the Royal Baroque Ensemble), and contemporary music  (Klangforum Wien, Algoritmo, Icarus, London Sinfonietta, Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble, Aukso).

So far, she has collaborated with many acclaimed conductors: H. Bicket, I. Bolton, A. Cremonesi, A. Spering, P. Carignani, E. Pomarico, M. Tabachnik, J. Ch. Spinosi, F. Layer, J. Tubery, S. Rouland, J. Debus, T. Ceccherini, B. Furrer, D. Grossman, A. Wit, W. Michniewski, J. Kaspszyk, M. Angius, J. Maksymiuk, M. Moś, R. Zimak, L. Stawarz, W. Kłosiewicz, Z. Graca, R. Silva, K. Bumann, P. Fiugajski.

Her artistic output includes many recordings, for instance with the Warsaw Chamber Opera. She has also recorded works by S. Sciarrino. Since 2007 she’s collaborated with the DUX publishing company, for which together with pianist Mariusz Rutkowski she recorded albums with songs by Paderewski, Szymanowski, Lutosławski, and Kolberg.

For her recordings, Radziejewska received many distinctions, such as the nomination for the Fryderyk Award, the awards Selecionée par ARTE and Orfée D’Or 2009, and in 2018 – the Fryderyk and Feniks awards for the Baroque oratorio by A. Caldara. She is a laureate of numerous awards and distinctions in many Polish and international singing competitions. Anna Radziejewska was awarded the Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis and the Silver Cross of Merit.

She’s been teaching since 1999. Currently, she leads a singing class at the Department for Vocal and Acting Studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (Dr Hab., Professor of the UMFC). Anna Radziejewska is often invited to teach master courses.

Since 2017, she’s been a soloist at the Polish Royal Opera.