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Ewa Iżykowska

Professor Ewa Izykowska is a world class singer (soprano/mezzo soprano), actress, and stage director.  She holds a PhD and she is on the faculty of the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland where she was V-ce Rector.  She graduated from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, and is also a summa cum laude graduate of the State Academy of Drama in Warsaw.  She continued her vocal studies in Italy at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena,  Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome,  and Teatro alla Scala in Milan with Giulietta Simionato,  Antonio Tonini and Eduardo Mueller.  She was also a pupil of Giorgio Favaretto,  and she participated in the masterclasses given by Birgitt Nilson.

Ewa won several prizes at the international vocal competitions, including the Belvedere Competition in Vienna, the Mozart Competition in Alessandria,  Italy,  the Vocal Competition in Rome, and the Szymanowski Competition in Warsaw.

Ewa made her international debut at Milan’s La Scala as the eponymous heroine in Donizetti’s Rita. Having won a competition, she subsequently took part in the summer staggione in Alessandria, where she sang the part of Fiordiligi opposite Mauro Trombetta as Don Alfonso, with Eduardo Müller conducting.

In 1986, Ewa made her debut at Vienna’s Kammeroper as Nedda in Leonca­vallo’s Pagliacci – the only opera production directed by Georg Tabori.  The production was selected as “The best performance of the year” by Vienna’s critics.  With Vienna’s Kammeroper she also sang the roles of the Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro,  Dorlisca in  Rossini’s Torvaldo e Dorlisca and Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata.

In 1987-1991 Ewa was soloist at the Opera House in Luzerne, Switzerland, where she sang Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea,  Countess in Le nozze di Figaro Tatyana in Eugen Onegin,  Violetta in La traviata,  Adriana in Adriana Lecouvreur together with tenor Ramon Vargas and conductor Marcello Viotti.

She continued her carrier appearing in many European theatres singing main characters in Penderecki’s Die Schwarze Maske,  The Devil from Loudaine (both broadcasted internationally),  Paradise Lost,  as well as Strauss’ Salome,  Rosenkavalier (Marschalin),  Puccini’s Tosca,  and Giordano’s Fedora.

Ewa is also a distinguished oratorio singer.  Her repertoire includes the best known works starting from Baroque through Romantic oratorios, to contemporary works like Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and No. 8,  Shostakovich’s Symphony No.14,  and Gorecki’s Symphony No.3,  as well as the whole oratorio repertoire of Penderecki.

During her career she performed in the world’s most prestigious opera theaters and concert halls like La Scala,  Musikverein, Carnegie Hall,  Vienna’s Kammeroper,  the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory,  Shanghai Symphony Hall, and she was touring around Europe, North and South Americas, Africa, Russia, China, South Korea and Philippines.

She has recorded with Austrian ORF TV, Polish Radio & TV, Vatican Radio, Swiss Romande Radio, Russian Radio and Television, Television of Philippines,  Brazil,  Korea, for Italian RAI as well as different labels. Her recording of Caccini’s Ave Maria reached almost 1 million entries on YouTube.

Since 2004, she has been invited to participate in many international opera workshops, seminars, courses and festivals, including the Schlern Musik Festival in Italy;  Masterclasses at the Texas Christian University; Masterclasses at the Catholic Universtity in Daegu, S. Korea;  the From Chopin to Gorecki Festival at the F. Chopin University in Warsaw;  Masterclasses in Santa Cecilia,  Rome,  and the Conservatorio in Padova.  Ewa also became a Vice Director of the Keimyung F. Chopin Academy of Music in South Korea.  She is also teaching at and the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.  She speaks 6 languages:  Italian, German, Russian, French, English and Polish.