A Night at the Opera with Aleksandra Kurzak
Saturday, October 16, 7:30pm – an opening night of
Lucia di Lammermoor at Seattle Opera
Sunday, October 17, 3:00pm – reception with the artist
After fabulous successes at the most prestigious opera houses, the
Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, the Polish
soprano, Aleksandra Kurzak will bring her ”luminous, impressively
focused voice and winsome sweetness” (New York Times) to Seattle Opera.
She will perform the leading role in Gaetano Donizetti’s most popular
work, Lucia di Lammermoor. Miss Kurzak will portray a lovesick
noblewoman who is driven to madness and murder by her wicked brother
(this role was famously performed at the Met by the Seattle favorite,
Aleksandra Kurzak made her debut at the Wroclaw State Opera in Poland,
and soon became a member of the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera,
where she sang numerous roles. In 2005 she made her debut at the
Metropolitan Opera in the role of Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. In
the same year she performed first time at the Royal Opera House in
London where she has been returning regularly, achieving a real triumph
on this stage (Don Pasquale, L’elisir d’amore, Matilde di Shabran). Most
recently Miss Kurzak made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala in the role
of Gilda in Rigoletto.
In 2010 Aleksandra Kurzak (soprano) recorded with Mariusz Kwiecien
(baritone) a set of 19 songs of Frederic Chopin.
The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites you to the Seattle
Opera on October 16, 2010. A reception at a private residence the
following day will provide an opportunity to meet Miss Kurzak in person.
Your $100 donation will include an opera ticket and the reception with
the artist. To make reservations please contact Ewa
Poraj-Kuczewska or call 206.362.3829 by September 30, 2010.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the UW Polish Studies