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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) and Gilda (Rigoletto) for the Company. In the 2015/16 Season she returns to sing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor.

Kurzak was born into a musical family and studied violin and piano as a child. She later studied singing at the conservatories of Wrocław and Hamburg and in 2009 received a PhD. She was a member of Hamburg State Opera 2001–7. Engagements elsewhere include Gilda and Susanna for La Scala, Milan, Susanna for Teatro Real, Madrid, Gilda, Rosina and Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) for Arena di Verona, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for Salzburg Festival and La Fenice, Venice, Olympia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Gilda and Gretel for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Violetta (La traviata) in Turin, Susanna, Marie (La Fille du régiment) and Violetta for Vienna State Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor in Seattle, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) in Los Angeles and Gilda in San Francisco.

Kurzak is an exclusive recording artist for Decca, with whom her recordings include the two solo albums Gioia! and Bel raggio and the Christmas album Hej, koleda!. Her awards include a Readers' Award at the 2015 Opera Awards.

News and features

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

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

27 April 2015

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

International Opera Awards 2015 finalists announced

International Opera Awards 2015 finalists announced

27 March 2015

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

Recommended recordings: June 2013

Recommended recordings: June 2013

19 June 2013

June sees new releases from Aleksandra Kurzak and Piotr Beczala as well as a trio of Rosenblatt Recital recordings.

Photos

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

Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto and Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda in Rigoletto

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

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

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

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 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

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