Das Opernglas writes about Ewa Płonka:
(...) "a wonderful continuous vocal line and impressive stage presence [...] solid low notes, broad middle range and brilliant high notes of her high-class-voice [that] rightfully earned frenetic applause (...)"
Hailed for her “warm voice” by Germany’s Music Heute, Polish soprano Ewa Płonka’s repertoire encompasses demanding spinto repertoire including the title role of Puccini’s Turandot.
In the 2019-20 season the soprano made role and house debuts including Tosca with Virginia Opera and Turandot at Oper im Steinbruch in Austria. She returned to Dallas Opera for Verdi’s Don Carlo under the baton of Music Director Emmanuelle Villaume and joins Canadian Opera Company for Der Fliegende Holländer. On the concert stage, she debuted with the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago for Delius’ rarely performed A Mass of Life and Nashville Symphony as soprano solo in Rachmaninoff's The Bells.
Ewa Płonka’s 2018-19 season opened in performances of Karol Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York in a concert marking the centennial of Polish independence. She will debut with Finland’s Oulu Symphony Orchestra singing Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder led by conductor Jessica Cottis and with Opéra Orchestre de Montpellier France as the soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the with conductor Michael Schønwandt. On the opera stage, she returns to Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe for further performances of Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.
Ms. Płonka’s 2017-2018 season included a return to Oper Frankfurt for her role debut as Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, in a new co-production with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, as well as a role and house debut as Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Other season highlights included a debut with the San Antonio Symphony for Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah under the baton of music director Sebastian Lang-Lessing and a concert with Dallas Opera that featured excerpts from Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Rigoletto as well as Massenet’s Don Quichotte.
Notable recent appearances season included Maddalena in a new production of Rigoletto with Oper Frankfurt, after a successful house and role debut there as Mary in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer. During her studies at The Juilliard School she participated in several opera productions such as The Rape of Lucretia or La Sonnambula, which was presented by The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in partnership The Juilliard School. Ewa Płonka has sung concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center under the baton of Eve Queler, with the Munich Radio Orchestra and Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra and recitals in New York City, Austin, Texas, Neumarkt, Germany and her home town-Prudnik, Poland. During the summer of 2014, Dr. Płonka participated in Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Germany.
In 2013 she was awarded Medal in YTAMC/ Texas; Prize in American Protégé Competition/ NYC after which she performed in Carnegie Hall; The First Prize in New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera 2013 Annual International Vocal Competition, the Deborah Voigt Special Prize in The Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition, Prize in Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition 2014, a career grant from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition and a Prize in the Giulio Gari Vocal Competition.
Ewa Płonka graduated from The Juilliard School, where she obtained an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies. She holds additional degrees in piano performance from The Poznań Academy of Music in Poland, where she received her Bachelor’s and her first Master’s Degree with honors. She also earned a second master’s degree from Oklahoma City University and a doctorate from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, both in piano performance with secondary majors in vocal performance. As a concert pianist, Ms. Płonka has received multiple awards in international competitions and has performed in the U.S., Poland, Israel, France, Italy, Germany, and Norway.
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