Kurzak is a dazzling new star - The Sunday Times
A superstar in the making... - The Guardian
Polish-born soprano Aleksandra Kurzak began her musical education at the age of 7, playing violin and piano. She studied voice at the conservatories of Wroclaw and Hamburg. She made her professional opera debut at the age of 21 at the Wroclaw State Opera as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. Her mother and teacher Jolanta Żmurko performed the role of Countess. Kurzak is a laureate of singing competitions in Warsaw, Barcelona, Helsinki and Canton. In 2009 she received a PhD in Music.
Between 2001 and 2007 Kurzak was a member of the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera, where she sang numerous roles: Queen of the Night, Blonde, Susanna, Servilia, Marzelline (Fidelio), Nanetta (Falstaff), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Gilda, Adèle, Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Maid (Powder her Face), Musetta, Cleopatra, Fiorilla (Il Turco in Italia), Marie (La Fille du Régiment).
In 2004 Kurzak made her debut at The Metropolitan Opera in the role of Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. In the same season she debuted at the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden as Aspasia in Mitridate, Re di Ponto. The artist returned to the Met, singing Blonde in Entführung aus dem Serail, Gilda in Rigoletto and Gretel in Hansel und Gretel. Since her first London appearance, Kurzak has returned regularly to the Royal Opera House, where she has performed roles of Norina (Don Pasquale), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Donna Fiorilla (Il Turco in Italia), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Susanna, Matilde (Matilde di Shabran) achieving a real triumph on this stage, and most recently again the roles of Susanna and Adina.
In February 2010 Kurzak made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala as Gilda in Rigoletto and returned in 2011/12 season as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Kurzak has appeared as well at the Staatsoper in Berlin (Queen of the Night and Violetta), Teatro Regio in Parma, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Finnish National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opernhaus Zurich (Gilda), Bavarian State Opera in Munich (Cleopatra, Adele, Rosina), Vienna State Opera (Rosina, Adina, Susanna), Teatro Massimo in Palermo (Norina), Lyric Opera House in Chicago (Blonde), Salzburg Festival (concert arias by Mozart, Ännchen and Donna Anna), Palau de les Arts in Valencia (Adina), National Opera House in Warsaw (Gilda, Violetta, Lucia), Teatro Regio in Torino (Violetta), Mozart Festival in A Coruña as well as at the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff (Aspasia), Theater an der Wien (Donna Anna and Amenaide), Teatro La Fenice in Venice (Donna Anna), Seattle Opera House (Lucia), Teatro Real Madrid (Susanna), Arena di Verona (Rosina and Juliette), Los Angeles Opera (Fiordiligi).
Kurzak has collaborated with many well known conductors including Ivor Bolton, Bruno Campanella, James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Riccardo Frizza, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Rene Jacobs, Nicola Luisotti, Sir Charles Mackerras, Ingo Metzmacher, Daniel Oren, Antonio Pappano, Carlo Rizzi, Ralf Weikert, and Simone Young.
In season 2012-13 Kurzak will appear as Marie in La Fille du Regiment at Wiener Staatsoper, Adina in Barcelona, Gilda in Zurich, Warsaw and Arena di Verona.