Izabela Matuła studied music theory, then graduated from the Vocal Department of the Kraków Academy of Music. She participated in a range of singing courses and master classes led by such teachers as Teresa Berganza, Charles Kellis, Ileana Cotrubaș, Charlotte Lehmann, Maria Fołtyn, Leopold Spitzer, Elisabeth von Magnus, and Urszula Trawińska-Moroz.
Ms Matuła took part in the following singing competitions: Deutsches Lied Prague – Budapest – Wien (1st prize), Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition (2nd prize), Oper Schloss Laubach (1st prize), and Wilhelm Stenhammar International Singing Competition (3rd prize). She represented Poland in the BBC Singer of the World (2009).
The singer’s vast repertoire maily includes leading soprano parts in such Italian operas as Aida, Il trovatore, La forza del destino, Luisa Miller, Otello, Stiffelio and Un ballo in maschera, Madama Butterfly (Mannheim), Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Tosca (Darmstadt, Magdeburg, Düsseldorf), Turandot and La bohème (Bilbao), as well as Mozart’s Countess in Le nozze di Figaro and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Dortmund, Bonn). She also specialises in German and Slavic works, and has performed in Wagner’s Lohengrin, Tchaikovsky’s Mazzepa and Eugene Onegin (Linz), Janáček’s Katya Kabanova, Smetana’s Dalibor (Frankfurt), and Weinberger’s Švanda dudák (Palermo).
The soprano could also be heard in Menotti’s The Consul, Britten’s Peter Grimes, and Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann. She is a regular guest at the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg (Penderecki’s Powiało na mnie morze snów under Valery Gergiev), Simón Bolívar Concert Hall in Caracas, Konzerthaus Berlin, Doha Concert Hall, Musikverein Graz, and Warsaw Philharmonic Hall.
In the 2019/2020 season Ms Matuła mainly focuses on the Verdi repertoire. In August 2019 she makes her debut as Aida in Kiel, followed by her first appearances as Leonora in Il trovatore in w Mannheim and Linz. She then sings her first Leonora in La forza del destino for Oper Frankfurt (June 2020). She also performs Tosca and Moniuszko’s Halka at the Teatr Wielki, Warsaw, and appears at Staatstheater Nürnberg as Tamara in Rubinstein’s The Demon.