Gloria Artis is the most prestigious decoration bestowed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Małgorzata Walewska has received a Gloria Artis medal of the highest class in recognition of her tremendous contribution to Polish culture. The singer was handed the award during the curtain call for Goplana at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera on 25 October 2016.
Małgorzata Walewska is unarguable international operatic diva. Her characteristic, dark timbre and charismatic stage presence have allowed her to create such varied roles as Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, Bizet’s Carmen, Amneris in Verdi’s Aida, Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Iolanta in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle or Chamberlain’s Wife in Moniuszko’s Haunted Manor.
She has graced the world’s leading stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Staatsoper, or Deutsche Oper alongside the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Edita Gruberová or José Cura. She made her debut in 1991 singing Aza in Paderewski’s Manru at the Teatr Wielki. Currently, she once again shines at the Warsaw opera house as Widow in Żeleński’s Goplana.
Pictired: Małgorzata Walewska as Widow in Goplana; photo by K. Bieliński.