Izabela Kłosińska – Singer (soprano), Grand Theatre – National Opera, Warsaw
Studied at the State Higher School of Music (nowadays the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music) in Warsaw, where she obtained a diploma with honours and Casimir Czekotowski reward.
As a third-year student she made her debut at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw which she has been permanently associated with since graduation. In her artistic oeuvre she has over 40 leading roles as well as an extensive oratorio and cantata repertoire including works from baroque to contemporary music.
The roles that she acted at the Grand Theatre, Warsaw, include: the title character in “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini, Roxana in “King Roger” by Karol Szymanowski, Violetta in “La Traviata”, Amelia in “A Masked Ball”, Leonora in “The Force of Destiny” and “Don Carlos”, Maria in “Simon Boccanegra” and Elvira in “Ernani” by Giuseppe Verdi, Marguerite in “Faust’ by Charles Gounod, Micaela in “Carmen” by Georges Bizet, Sophie in “Werther” by Jules Massenet, Hanna in “The Haunted Manor” and Neala in “Paria” by Stanisław Moniuszko, Maria in “Mazeppa” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Pamina in “The Magic Flute”, Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni” and the Countess in “The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Neddy in “Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo, Antonia in “The Tales of Hoffmann” by Jacques Offenbach, Elvira in “The Italian Girl in Algiers” by Gioacchino Rossini, Xeni in “Boris Godunov” by Modest Mussorgsky, Eve in “Paradise Lost” by Krzysztof Penderecki, Oriona in “Amadigi” and Romilda in “Xerxes” by Georg Friedrich Haendel, Frei in “The Rhine Gold” by Richard Wagner, Aldona in “The Lithuanians” by Amilcare Ponchielli and many others.
She has sung soprano parts in the main concert performances of “The Trojans” by Hector Berlioz, “Bluebeard’s Castle” by Bela Bartok, “Sister Angelica” and “The Cloak” by Giacomo Puccini, “Il Tramonto” by Ottorino Respighi. She successfully performs the oratorio and cantata repertoire (“Stabat Mater” by Antonin Dvorak, “Stabat Mater” by Karol Szymanowski, “Stabat Mater” by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, “Great Mass in C minor” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Requiem” by Giuseppe Verdi, “Magnificat” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “The Ninth Symphony” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Dies Irae”, “The Polish Requiem”, “Credo” and “The Seven Gates of Jerusalem” by Krzysztof Penderecki, “Symphony III” by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki). In January 2001, Izabela Kłosińska took part in the first premiere of “Missa Pro Pace” by Wojciech Kilar, which was dedicated to the National Philharmonic in Warsaw on the centenary of its existence. In 2003 she participated in a Japanese tour of the National Opera with the role of Turandot. She also performed in a New Year’s concert in Osaka as a soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Johann Strauss Ensemble).
In 2005 Izabela Kłosińska sang in San Paolo, Italy performing “Il Tabarro” (“The Triptych”) by G. Puccini. In 2008 she performed in Caracas, Venezuela (oratorio repertoire) and in Opera in Scopie, Macedonia (as Mimi in “La Boheme” by Puccini) and in 2009 in Munster, Germany.
She has made guest appearances in Amsterdam; Utrecht; Eindhoven; Hanover; Dortmund; Leipzig; Dresden; Berlin; Hamburg; Zurich; Bern; London; Glasgow; the Vatican City; Tallin; Seoul, Degau (South Korea); Caracas (Venezuela); San Paolo (Brazil); Detroid (the Michigan Opera Theater), Buffalo, New York (the USA) as well as in Osaka (Japan). She sang in American productions of “King Roger” by Szymanowski in Buffalo and Detroit. She also took part in the American premiere of “Saint Ludmila” oratorio by Dvorak (Carnegie Hall, New York) and in auditions and preparations for the title role in “Rusalka” by Dvorak in Metropolitan Opera, NY. She participated in numerous festivals, including ones in Alicante, Maastricht, Bayonne and Polish ones: “The Warsaw Autumn” and the “Wratislavia Cantans”.
The singer collaborates with the National Philharmonic in Warsaw , the National Polish Radio Orchestra in Katowice, the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, the Sinfonia Varsovia, BBC London Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra (NDR Symphony Orchestra), Sao Paulo State Symphony (OSESP) in Brazil, the TROS Orchestra in Rotterdam, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in Austria, Orquesta Sinfonica de la Juventud Venezolana de Simon Bolivar and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Izabela Kłosińska collaborates with many prominent conductors like Jan Krenz, Jerzy Semkow, Kazimierz Kord, Antoni Wit, Gabriel Chmura, Hans-Martin Schneidt, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Eric Klaas, Jacek Kaspszyk, Krzysztof Penderecki, Grzegorz Nowak, John Neschling, Miguel Gomez-Martinez, Marc Soustrot, Jacek Błaszczyk, Gustavo Dudamel. She also collaborated with Lyndon Woodside.
The artist has made a lot of radio and television recordings. Some of them include: “The Ninth Symphony” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Pro Pace” (the recording won a Polish award “Fryderyk”) and “Magnificat” by Wojciech Kilar, “De Profundis” by Anna Jastrzębska or “Falstaff” by Giuseppe Verdi. She has recorded on CDs and DVDs most works by Krzysztof Penderecki (for example “The Polish Requiem”, “Te Deum”, “St. Luke Passion”, “The Seven Gates of Jerusalem”, “Credo”). Her recording of arias, realized for the Polish Radio, was acknowledged as the best recording of 1990. In 2006 the singer received a Japanese award for recording “The Polish Requiem” by K. Penderecki conducted by Antoni Wit (Record Academy Award 2005, awarded for the best recording of contemporary music by the Japanese music magazine “Geijutsu”).
In 1996 Izabela Kłosińska was chosen as “the Diva of the Year” in a ranking by the “Weekly Review”. In 1999, she received the Minister of Culture and Art Award for the achievements in the field of vocal music. In 2000 she was awarded the Andrew Hiolski Prize for the best operatic role of the 1999/2000 season (the title part of “Madame Butterfly”). She was also honoured with the Medal of “Merit to Culture Gloria Artis”.
At the same time she has been teaching at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
Translated by Monika Siejkowska.