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Aleksandra Kurzak

Soprano

Biography

Aleksandra Kurzak in action.
Aleksandra Kurzak in L'elisir d'amore, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2012

Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak made her Royal Opera debut in 2005 as Aspasia (Mitridate, re di Ponto) and has since sung Norina (Don Pasquale), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Matilde (Matilde di Shabran), Fiorilla (Il turco in Italia), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Gilda (Rigoletto), Lucia di Lammermoor and Liù (Turandot). In the 2019/20 Season she sings Violetta Valéry (La traviata) and Nedda (Pagliacci).

Kurzak was born into a musical family and studied violin and piano as a child. She later studied singing at the conservatories of Wroclaw and Hamburg and in 2009 received a PhD. She was a member of Hamburg State Opera 2001–7. Originally a specialist in lighter lyric and coloratura roles including, along with those listed above, Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Marie (La Fille du régiment), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) and Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), since 2016 she has expanded her repertory to include more Romantic repertory. Selected appearances since 2016 include Mimì (La bohème) in Berlin, Rachel (La Juive) for Bavarian State Opera, Violetta Valéry (La traviata), Desdemona (Otello), Alice Ford (Falstaff) and Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) for Paris Opéra, Micaëla (Carmen) and Nedda for the Metropolitan Opera, New York and Luisa Miller for Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

Kurzak’s awards include a Readers’ Award at the 2015 International Opera Awards. In 2018 the Polish Government awarded her with a Gold Medal for Merit to Culture. Her recordings include the 2018 album Puccini in Love with Roberto Alagna.

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News and features

The Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015 open for voting

10 June 2015
The Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015 open for voting

The online publication announces winners of six different categories of opera each week, voted for by its readers

Semyon Bychkov, Richard Jones and Aleksandra Kurzak among the winners at the Opera Awards 2015

27 April 2015
Semyon Bychkov, Richard Jones and Aleksandra Kurzak among the winners at the Opera Awards 2015

The awards, now in their third year, celebrate excellence in opera and provide bursaries for emerging talent.

International Opera Awards 2015 finalists announced

27 March 2015
International Opera Awards 2015 finalists announced

A host of Royal Opera-affiliated artists have been shortlisted.

Photos

Aleksandra Kurzak as Liù in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Brindley Sherratt as Timur and Aleksandra Kurzak as Liù in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto and Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak and Stephen Costello in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Aleksandra Kurzak as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Aleksandra Kurzak as Lucia in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Alessandro Corbelli as Don Geronio & Aleksandra Kurzak as Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia

Aleksandra Kurzak as Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia

Aleksandra Kurzak

Aleksandra Kurzak as Fiorilla and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Selim in Il turco in Italia

Aleksandra Kurzak as Fiorilla and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Selim in Il turco in Italia

Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto and Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda and Saimir Pirgu as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda and Saimir Pirgu as Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

David Junghoon Kim, Stephen Costello, Aleksandra Kurzak, Artur Ruciński as Enrico in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Aleksandra Kurzak as Fiorilla, Alessandro Corbelli as Don Geronio and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Selim in Il turco in Italia

Colin Lee as Don Narciso, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Selim, Aleksandra Kurzak as Fiorilla & Alessandro Corbelli as Don Geronio in Il turco in Italia

Aleksandra Kurzak as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda and Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda and Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto in Rigoletto

Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto and Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda and Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda and Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Aleksandra Kurzak in L'elisir d'amore, The Royal Opera

Alexandra Kurzak as Susanna and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Figaro in Le nozze di figaro