American soprano Deborah Polaski sings Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des Carmélites) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. Polaski made her Royal Opera debut in 1994 as Brünnhilde (Der Ring des Nibelungen) in Richard Jones’s production. She has since sung Elektra and Kundry (Parsifal, in concert) for The Royal Opera.
Polaski was born in Wisconsin and as a child sang regularly in her church choir. After graduating she moved to Europe and made her professional debut in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. She won international acclaim in 1988 in her Bayreuth Festival debut as Brünnhilde under Barenboim and went on to sing for opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Vienna State Opera, Liceu, Barcelona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin State Opera, Zürich Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Netherlands Opera. Her repertory includes Leonore (Fidelio), Isolde (Tristan und Isolde), Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Kundry (Parsifal), the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), Barak’s Wife (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Marie (Wozzeck) and Cassandre and Didon (Les Troyens). In recent years she has also sung mezzo-soprano roles including Kostelnicka (Jenufa), Kabanicha (Kát’a Kabanová), Ortrud (Lohengrin), Countess Geschwitz (Lulu) and the Princess (Suor Angelica).
Polaski has also sung widely in concert with many of the world’s major orchestras, and has performed recitals with Barenboim and Charles Spencer. She lives in Berlin.