Izabella Kłosińska

Casting director, Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa

An outstanding soprano, her repertoire includes more than 40 leading opera parts and an extensive oratorio and cantata repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music. She studied at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw, from which she graduated with honours and received the Kazimierz Czekotowski Prize. While a third-year student, she debuted at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw and then joined this theatre permanently upon graduation. 

She has interpreted leading soprano parts in many opera productions in Warsaw, including the title role inMadame Butterfly, Mimi and Musetta in La Bohème, Liu in Turandot, Giorgetta in The Cloak and the title role inSuor Angelica by Puccini, Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’sEugene Onegin, Roxana in Szymanowski’s King Roger, Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust, Micaëla in Bizet’sCarmen, Sophie in R. Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Maria in Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa, Nedda in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Sophie in Massenet’s Werther, Hanna in The Haunted Manor and Neala in Paria by Moniuszko, Antonia in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Donna Elvira inDon Giovanni, the Countess and Marceline in Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, Xenia in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Eve in Penderecki’s Paradise Lost, Elvira in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, and Freia in Wagner’sDas Rheingold. Her repertoire also includes the great Verdi parts: Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera,Elisabeth in Don Carlo, Elvira in Ernani, Alice in Falstaff, Leonora in La Forza del Destino, Desdemona inOtello, Maria in Simon Boccanegra, and Violetta in La Traviata. She has taken part in concert performances of works such as Berlioz’s The Trojans, Boito’s Mephistopheles, Pizzetti’s Debora e Jaele, Ponchielli’s The Lithuanians, and Puccini’s The Cloak and Suor Angelica.

She has appeared in Amsterdam, Hanover, Dortmund, Leipzig, Dresden, Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich, Bern, the Skopje Opera in Macedonia, London, Glasgow, the Vatican, Tallinn, Seoul and Degau (South Korea), Caracas in Venezuela, São Paulo in Brazil, Detroit (Michigan Opera Theater), Buffalo, New York, and Osaka. She has performed in San Paolo in Italy and Münster in Germany. She is a successful concert singer, performing in works such as Stabat Mater by Dvořák, Szymanowski, and Pergolesi, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor, Verdi’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. She is famous for her interpretation of the soprano parts in the oratorios of Górecki, Kilar, and Penderecki.

She is associated with many Polish and European festivals (Warsaw Autumn, Wratislavia Cantans, Maastricht Festival, Festival of Contemporary Music in Alicante, and others). Her output includes numerous CDs as well as radio and television recordings. In 1999 she received the Award of the Minister of Culture and Art for achievements in vocal music, and in 2000 - the Andrzej Hiolski Award for the best opera role in the 1999/2000 season. She is also a recipient of the Gloria Artis Medal for service to culture. At present she is also a teacher at the University of Music in Warsaw.