Painter and set designer Jadwiga M. Jarosiewicz studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków with Czesław Rzepiński and set desin with Andrzej Kreutz Majewski. She has created designs for over 80 productions at home and abroad. She debuted when still at university designing the set for Małgorzata Dziewulska’s production of Weber’s Der Freischütz. Since then she has designed mainly for opera and ballet. She has worked for the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw and the opera houses of Bydgoszcz, Bytom, Kraków, Łódź, Poznań, Wrocław, and Szczecin.
She has created designs for Beethoven’s Fidelio, Bellini’s La sonnambula and Norma, Britten’s The Prodigal Son, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Gounod’s Faust, Paderewski’s Manru, Pergolesi’s La Serva padrona, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat, Shostakovich’s Rayok, Verdi’s Il trovatore, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Wagner’s Die Walküre; and such ballets as: Bournonville’s La Sylphide and La Ventana, Petipa’s Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadère (Warsaw), Carmen (Kraków), Pan Twardowski and Don Quixote (Łódź).
She has also designed for theatre, in particular the Polski when led by Kazimierz Dejmek, including Krzysztoń Obłęd, Krasiński’s Czapa, and Witkacy’s Matka, Oni, and Bezimienne dzieło.
She has collaborated with stage directors such as Jan Englert, Janusz Nyczak, Ryszard Peryt, Jerzy Rakowiecki, Marek Sikora and Wolfgang Weit, as well as choreographers: Alain Bernard, Witold Borkowski, Piotr Gusiew, Janusz Józefowicz, Teresa Kujawa, Kirsten Ralov, Emil Wesołowski, and Natalia Makarova. Jarosiewicz has worked with Maria Fołtyn on the latter’s productions of Stanisław Moniuszko’s operas: Paria (Warsaw, 1980; Havana, 1991; Łódź, 1992), The Haunted Manor (Kraków, 1989; Kielce, 1997), Halka (Warsaw, 1995; Osaka, 1995) and Śpiewnik domowy (Teatr Wielki, Warsaw, 1996).
Her paintings, drawings, and designs are part of Polish and international collections. Her works have been shown at the Prague Quadriennale, around 50 individual exhibitions and many collective shows.