A soloist of the Łódź Grand Theatre, Hanna Okońska holds a BA and MA in vocal performance from the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, where she studied with Professor Małgorzata Grela. She graduated with distinction in 2017. Apart from the Łódź Grand Theatre, she works with Opera Nova Bydgoszcz, Wrocław Opera, Pomeranian Philharmonic, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Lublin Philharmonic, Sinfonia Baltica Philharmonic Słupsk, and Polish Film Music Orchestra. She was twice awarded a scholarship for outstanding artistic accomplishments by the Polish culture ministry.
Her successes include: Silver Medal at the 5th Manhattan International Music Competition in NYC (special prize from Michael Nemeth, the secretary general and artistic director of Musikverein Graz, invitation to take part in a special programme for the most talented young singers in Graz); distinction at the 4th Adam Didur Opera Singers’ Competition in Bytom (2019); 1st prize at the 4th Polish National Krystyna Jamroz Vocal Competition in Busko Zdrój (2018); 3rd prize, Ada Sari Award for the best coloratura voice, Aria Opera Society Award, and Kraków Opera Orchestra Award at the 17th Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Festival and Competition in Nowy Sącz.
She has performed as a soloist in Poland as well as in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Belarus, Hungary, and Kazakhstan. In April 2019 she took part in a concert performance of Puccini’s Sour Angelica conducted by José Cura at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music. She has worked with conductors such as Tadeusz Kozłowski, Adam Banaszak, Dawid Runtz, Marcin Sompoliński, Marta Kluczyńska, Massimiliano Caldi, Piotr Wajrak, Adam Klocek, Maciej Figas, Sławomir Chrzanowski, Kai Buman, Eugeniusz Kus, Piotr Sułkowski, and Mikołaj Makarewicz.
Hanna Okońska can currently be heard as Hanna in Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Norina in Don Pasquale, Gilda in Rigoletto, Nannetta in Falstaff, and Frasquita in Carmen.