Monika Ledzion-Porczynska. Fot. Kinga Karpati

Mezzo-soprano. Her musical education began with violin lessons. Later, she completed vocal studies at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, class led by Prof. Halina Słonicka (2000). She attended master courses taught by Rusko Ruskov and Stefania Toczyska. The artist made her debut while still a student, as the Public Opinion in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld at the Roma Musical Theatre.

After graduation she became a soloist at the Warsaw Chamber Opera, where she appeared in the following operas by Mozart: as the Third Genie and Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte, Carmi in Betulia Liberata, and Sesto in La clemenza di Tito. At the Warsaw Chamber Orchestra she appeared as Giulietta Kelbar in Verdi’s Un giorno di regno, Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Karolka in Janáček’s Jenůfa.

In her repertoire there’s also the part of Jadwiga in Moniuszko’s Straszny dwór (“The Haunted Manor”), sung on invitation of the Cracow Opera in a plein air performance at the Royal Castle in Niepołomice, and a year later on stage at the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz. The Cracow audience had an opportunity to see the artist as Venus in Wagner’s Tannhäuser.

The artist often appears on stage at the Polish National Opera, where she sang as: Polina in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of the Spades, Bersi in Andrei Chénier and Maddalena in Rigoletto by Verdi, Siebel in Gounod’s Faust, the Second Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, in the solo part in The Diary of One Who Disappeared by Janáček, Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, the Second Lady in the spectacle In the Land of the Magic Flute based on Mozart’s opera, the title role of Carmen in the opera by Bizet, and as Aza in Paderewski’s Manru.

Ledzion-Porczyńska has also performed in the Grand Theatre in Poznań as Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna. She sang Aza’s part during the premiere of Manru  by Paderewski in the Opera Nova. The spectacle opened the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Opera House in Bydgoszcz and was published on DVD. As part of the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, she participated in the first performance of Krauze’s opera Iwona, księżniczka Burgunda (“Yvonne, Princes of Burgundy”). For several years she’s successfully performed the title role in Bizet’s Carmen in the Cracow Opera, the Opera House in Bydgoszcz, the Baltic Opera, the Grand Theatre in Łódź, the Grand Theatre in Poznań, and in the Podlasie Opera House.

The artist’s repertoire includes oratorios and cantatas as well. She performs on stage in the National Philharmonic, the Poznań Philharmonic, the Baltic Philharmonic, the Pomeranian Philharmonic, and the Podkapracie Philharmonic, where she sings Pergolesi’s and Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Her repertoire includes songs by Brahms, R. Strauss, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Tchaikovsky’s, Rachmaninov Moniuszko, and Chopin.

Ledzion-Porczyńska was one of the artists performing Penderecki’s Polskie Requiem (“The Polish Requiem”) during the final concert of the 1st Polish Music Festival recorded by the Polish Radio. In 2018, she recorded two pieces for the Fryderyk Chopin Institute: the Italian version of Halka (conducted by Fabio Biondi, the Europa Galante orchestra), and Straszny dwór (“The Haunted Manor”, conducted by Grzegorz Nowak, the Orchestra of the Eighteen Century), both by Moniuszko.

She’s collaborated with many acclaimed conductors, e.g.: Kazimierz Kord, Tadeusz Kozłowski, Andrzej Straszyński, Tadeusz Strugała, Grzegorz Nowak, Łukasz Borowicz, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Bassem Akiki, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Gabriel Chmura, and directors: Ryszard Peryt, Laco Adamik, Mariusz Treliński, Grzegorz Jarzyna, Achim Freyer, Robert Wilson, and Marek Weiss.

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


Photo by Kinga Karpati