‘For her poignant Katya Kabanova (…), phenomenal vocal technique, remarkable acting talent, formidable feeling for the text and genuineness of the performance,’ read the justification for awarding Violetta Chodorowicz a Paszport Polityki, a prestigious Polish culture award, in 2010, providing, as it happens, the best possible account of the singer’s talent. At the time of receiving Paszport Polityki she was already a holder of the Wrocław Music Award for the Artistic Personality of the 2005/06 season.
Wioletta Chodowicz graduated with honours from the Wrocław Academy of Music with a degree in voice. She made her debut in 2002 at the Poznań Opera House as Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, then sang Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni by the same composer.
From 2003 to 2008 she was a soloist with the Wrocław Opera, singing a range of leading roles, including Mozart’s Pamina in The Magic Flute and Fiordiliga in Cosí fan tutte, Mimi in Puccini’s La bohème, Moniuszko’s Halka, Agathe in Weber’s Die Freischutz, Szymanowski’s Hagith, and Helmwige in Wagner’s The Valkyrie.
Since 2015 she has been a soloist with the Kraków Opera, where she sings Madama Butterfly, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen and Princess Elisabeth in Tannhäuser. Since 2004 she has also regularly performed at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, singing Halka, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck, Janačk’s Katya Kabanova, and Marta in Weinberg’s The Passenger. Outside of Poland, Ms Chodowicz has sang at the National Theatre in Prague (Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Oniegin and Dvořák’s Rusalka), National Theatre in Ostrava (Katya Kabanova), Welsh National Opera in Cardiff (Marie in Wozzeck), Glyndebourne Opera (Rusalka), and the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv (Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly).
The artist frequently takes to the stage at prestigious music festivals such as Young Euro Classic in Berlin, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, Musica Polonica Nova in Wrocław, and Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico. She performs with orchestras such as Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR), Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as Poznań and Kraków philharmonic orchestras. She has sung leading soprano parts in concert versions of Roman Statkowski’s Maria, Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, Karol Kurpiński’s Zamek na Czorsztynie, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Missa solemnis, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Verdi’s Requiem, Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 3 – The Song of the Night, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 – Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, Mahler’s Das klagende Lied and Symphony No. 2 and 8, Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs, and Penderecki’s Polish Requiem, Te Deum, Strof and Powiało na mnie morze snów (A Sea of Dreams Did Breathe On Me).
Ms Chodowicz has collaborated with prominent conductors, including Jacek Kaspszyk, Marc Minkowski, Valery Gergiev, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Tomaš Hanus, Jakub Hrůša, John Fiore, Gabriel Chmura, Łukasz Borowicz, Friedrich Haider, Lothar Koenigs, Antoni Witt, Marek Pijarowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Ola Rudner.
Her discography includes: Giovanna d’Arco by Giuseppe Verdi (CD, Polskie Nagrania/Poznań Philharmonic, 2012), Maria by Roman Statkowski (CD, Warner Music Poland, 2010), Hagith by Karol Szymanowski (DVD, DUX, 2008) and Manru by Ignacy Jan Paderewski (DVD, DUX, 2010).