Katarzyna Holysz

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Katarzyna Holysz


She graduated from the University of Economics and the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, where she studied in Professor Krystyna Pakulska's singing class.

She has won many vocal contests as well as the International Singing Competition Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg 2000 and 2001.

She regularly cooperates with many philharmoics and orchestras in Poland and abroad, including the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw.

She is often invited to attend the music festivals in Poland and other countries, such as: Kissingensommer Festival in Bad Kissingen, K.Jamroz Festival in Busko-Zdrój, Viva il Canto in Cieszyn, Festival Sacrum and Profanum in Szczecin, Itnernational Silesian Festival under the honour patronate of dr Kurth Masur, Music in The Old Cracow Festival, Mozart Festival in Poznan, Solidarity of Arts in Gdansk.

In July 2009 she was the mumber of the international production of “Rheingold” by R.Wagner , conducted by Jan Latham Koenig, in occasion of the 100-Years of Opera Lesna in Sopot celebrations.

She had the privilege of working with many distinguished conductors as Antoni Wit, Tadeusz Kozłowski, Andriy Yurkevich, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Jose Maria Florencio Junior, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Grzegorz Nowak, Eraldo Salmieri, Andrzej Straszyński, Tadeusz Strugała, Niksa Bareza, Rolf Reuter, Łukasz Borowicz, Jan Latham Koenig. Massimilliano Caldi.

A very special event was the artist's performance as Madame in Francis Poulenc's opera "The voice of man" ('La voix humaine'), with her own, original translation into Polish language, staged in composer's version with piano in Poznań in 2003, for the first and so far the only time in Poland.

In November and December 2010 the artist played the title role in 'Fidelio' by Ludwig van Beethoven, in the pioneering impresario production of Elżbieta Penderecka, Ludwig van Beethoven Association and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra.

In Mai 2014 she had the honour to performance in the concert together with the Vienna Filharmonic players.

The great success of the artist ( march/april 2016) was the premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki's oper “ Czarna Maska” in the Baltic Oper in Gdansk and National Oper in Warsaw, where she created the main female role – Benigna.

In September 2016 she was invited by the President of Poland to the President Palace – Belweder, to make the special recital with polish songs.

She cooperates with opera theaters in Poland and Germany, performing on their stages mostly leading parts from the global repertoire: Venus - 'Tannhaeuser' -R. Wagner , Octavian - 'Der Rosenkavalier' - R.Strauss, Neala – 'Paria' - St.Moniuszko, Leonora – 'Fidelio' - L.van Beethoven, Agathe - 'Der Freischuetz' – C. M von Weber, Princess - 'Rusalka' – A. Dvorak, Ariadne - 'Ariadne auf Naxos' - R.Strauss, Halka - 'Halka' – St. Moniuszko, Countess - 'The marriage of Figaro' - W. A. Mozart, Lady Macbeth - 'Macbeth'- G.Verdi, Salome - 'Salome'- R. Strauss, Kundry – 'Parsifal'-R.Wagner, Adalgisa - 'Norma' – V. Bellini, Idamantes - 'Idomeneo' - W. A. Mozart, G. Puccini – 'Tosca', Benigna – 'Czarna Maska'- Krzysztof Penderecki, Desdemona – 'Otello' – Verdi and many others.

She use to be often invited to take part of the music recordings (her artistic output includes 9 CDs) of opera songs as well as of early music and sacred music.

She received a scholarship of:

- Minister of Culture and National Heritage for the academic year 2000/2001,
- Bayreuther Festspiele 2001.

For her vocal performances she was awarded:

in January 2003 the Young Art Medal for her stage debut and creative vocal (the role of Adalgisa in V. Bellini's opera 'Norma' at the Grand Theatre in Poznań)
in June 2009 the Golden Masque for the best vocal creation of the season 2008/2009 (the role of Agatha in C.M.von Weber's opera “Der Freischuetz” at the Grand Theatre in Łódź)
in March 2010 a nomination for the prize Splendor Gedanensis for 'Outstanding Performance in the opera 'Ariadne auf Naxos' by R.Strauss' in the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk.
in February 2011 the prize of the Tricity critics and music lovers the Storm of the Year 2010 for the role of Halka and Lady Macbeth performed at the Baltic Opera.
in May 2012 Jan Kiepura Music Theatre Award for the best singer of the season 2011/2012.

She speaks 6 languages : polish, english, german,italian, spanish, russian.