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Aleksandra
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It's like a return to the old days of bel canto splendour - with the biggest names: Sills, Sutherland and Callas – amazing and unforgettable once again – so was written about Aleksanda Kurzak in "Opera Magazine". 

At age 7 Aleksanda Kurzak began studying the violin and piano.  She graduated from the vocal department of the Academy of Music in Wroclaw and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.  The winner of vocal competitions in Warsaw, Helsinki, Barcelona and Guangzhou, still a student she made her début as Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Wrocław Opera, alongside her mother and teacher Jolanta Zmurko in the role of the Countess. 
In 2001-2007 she was a member of the Staatsoper in Hamburg. The singer received two scholarships of the Minister of Culture and Art and of the Crescendum Est-Polonia Foundation. In 2009 Kurzak received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. At the age of 27 she performed in the most prestigious opera houses in the world. Acting as Olympia in the Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach at the Metropolitan Opera in New York she gained a great appreciation of music critics, who unanimously spoke out in the press about a sensational debut of the Polish singer. 
            
She is the first Polish opera singer who has signed an exclusive contract with Decca record company. Her first solo album "Gioia", released in 2011, received platinum status. The next albums are "Bel Raggio" with arias by Rossini and "Hej, kolęda!" (Gold Record). The album "Chopin:  Songs", which she recorded for the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Poland, received the Diapason d'Or award. In 2018, she signed a new exclusive contract with Sony Classical record company. For her achievements she received the prize of the President of the City of Wroclaw, of the Lower Silesia Governor and of the Minister of Culture and Arts of the Republic of Poland.  She is also the winner of the Wiktor - Polish Television Academy's Award and the Award "Gwarancja Kultury" by TVP Kultura.     

Kurzak performed at major world opera houses such as Teatro alla Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro Real in Madrid, the Opera in San Francisco or Los Angeles Opera.  In 2015 Kurzak won the Opera Magazine Readers' Award in the International Opera Awards Contest, as well as the Bachtrack Opera award for the best singer of the last season for her role of Donna Fiorilli in Turco in Italia by Rossini at the Royal Opera House. In the artistic season 2015-2016 she appeared for the first time on the stage in Paris Bastille Opera in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore and made her debut as Rachel in Halévy's opera La Juive at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.  In the season 2016-2017 Kurzak added the following roles to her repertoire: Nedda in Leoncavallo's opera Pagliacci at the Opera House in Zurich, Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème at the Berlin Staatsoper, Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen in Paris, as well as Liù in Puccini's Turandot at Covent Garden in London.  Her last appearance in 2017 was on Parisian scenes with the roles of Alice in Verdi's Falstaff and Vitellii in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, and most recently in March 2018 she has made her debut in the role of Desdemona in Verdi's Otello at the Vienna Staatsoper.
In June 2018, during a concert in the Courtyard of the Wawel Royal Castle she was awarded the gold medal "Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis".
In the season 2018/2019 she is going to create the roles of Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata and Desdemona in Othello in Paris, Micaëla in Carmen at the Met in New York, Verdi's Luisa Miller in Monte Carlo and the lead role of Madame Butterfly in Puccini's masterpiece, which she is going to perform for the first time in Naples and then on Stage at the Parade Square in Warsaw.

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