Aleksandra Szmyd | Soprano
Aleksandra Szmyd is a rising star in the world of classical singing and has already received several awards for her vocal achievements. Loved by the critics for her light, yet powerful and charming soprano as well as her endless natural grace, she mostly is the “discovery of the evening”.
In the current season Aleksandra Szmyd made her debut at Opera Festival Klosterneuburg as Musetta in La Boheme, interpreted Gilda in the production of Rigoletto at Kurpark Bad Schwalbach and sang Cenerentola’s Clorinda at Teatro del Carmine in cooperation with the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
While in Feburary 2022 Szmyd won the 2nd prize at the belcano competition Competizione dell’Opera, in August 2021 she became a laureate of the prestigious Elena Obraztsova competition and got the Special Prize of the Charitable Elena Obraztsova Foundation. The Polish artist is holder of a grant of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for outstanding achievements in classical singing and the winner of Kaszt Gutenberg Prize in the category of classical music.
2020 marks her debut as recital singer with her own series at Poznań Philharmonic and her participation in the Festival der Jungen Stimmen – Die Internationale Opernerkstatt as well as Amadeus Opera Laboratory, where she performed Susanna in Nozze di Figaro at the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscov conducted by Maestro Dmitry Korchak and coached by Marina Meshcheryakova and Dmitry Vdovin.
Aleksandra Szmyd’s stage debut was in Haendel’s Alcina at Vienna’s MuTh Theatre, directed by Dmitry Bertman and conducted by Maestro Niels Muus. She further interpreted Susanna in Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro in co-production with the Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna, Graz and Salzburg and performed Idomeneo’s Ilia at Theater Akzent in Vienna. In 2019 she made her debut with Theater an der Wien in Bernstein’s Candide production and sang the part of Pamina in The Magic Flute at the Warsaw Chamber Opera. Later that year, Szmyd took part in – Bolshaya Opera – television show, where she performed opera and crossover music.
As a laureate of competitive auditions in Bologna and New York, she participated in the iSING! International Young Artists Festival in China, under the honorary patronage of Placido Domingo, giving concerts as a soloist at the Suzhou Culture Art Centre with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra, at Shanghai Symphony Hall with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Yu Long, broadcast to most countries in the world by Medici TV, and also at Grand Hangzhou Theatre. Aleksandra Szmyd was winner of numerous prizes, both as a pianist and vocalist including the semi-finals of the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, a Gold Medal of Musicale de France, Grand Prix at the Kiepura Fest All-Poland Festival in Sosnowiec, and the Third place at Giulio Perotti International Vocal Competition in Germany.
Aleksandra Szmyd is graduate of the Music Academies in Cracow in the class of Prof. Ryszard Karczykowski as well as Vienna in the Opera Master’s Programme of Prof. Lina Watson. She graduated summa cum laude from both higher schools and realized a post-graduate study at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, in the class of Prof. Claudia Visca.
Bohème | Musetta | Festival Oper Klosterneuburg | July 2022
“Aleksandra Syzmd “Femme fatale” Musetta”
“Aleksandra Syzmd is the second big discovery of the evening: her Musetta is intentionally capricious right from the start in order to drive the admirers crazy … vocally? – Fabulous!”
“The appearance of Aleksandra Syzmd as the coquettish and also vocally seductive Musetta is definitely on the plus side.”