Iwona Sobotka

soprano voice

Polish soprano Iwona Sobotka achieved instant international acclaim as the Grand Prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. Other awards include first prizes at the Warsaw Polish Art Song Competition, the Paderewski Competition in Bydgoszcz and the East & West Artists International Auditions in New York, where she was awarded her debut concert in Carnegie Hall.

She has performed with the most important Polish orchestras, as well as other European orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Bayerischer Rundfunkorchester, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, having worked with many of today’s pre-eminent conductors including Sir Colin Davies, Sir Simon Rattle, Marco Armiliato, Sylvain Cambreling, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Jacek Kaspszyk, Aleksandar Markovic, Juanjo Mena, Massimo Zanetti and Antoni Wit.

Equally at home on the concert, as well the opera stage. Iwona Sobotka made her debut at the National Opera in Paris, and has created the roles of Violetta (La Traviata), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Julia (Romeo and Juliette) or Micaëla (Carmen). In 2010 she made her debut in the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival in the title role of Halka in the opera by Stanisław Moniuszko, and continued that association in the summer of 2011, in the role of Liù in Turandot to great critical acclaim.

Iwona Sobotka is widely acknowledged for her interpretations of Polish vocal repertoire – in particular the works of Karol Szymanowski. In 2004, she contributed to a complete collection of his songs released by the Dutch label Channel Classics and was distinguished by National Academy of Recording Arts in Poland with the „Fryderyk” Award for the most outstanding recording of polish music. On a subsequent release for EMI Classics in 2006, she performed Songs of a Fairytale Princess with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra which received five stars from the prestigious BBC Music Magazine. In 2010 she participated in a ‘Szymanowski Focus’ program curated by Piotr Anderszewski to promote the music of Symanowski with concerts in Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall.

Recent notable appearances includes debut with Berliner Philharmoniker in a performance of Beethoven 9th Symphony conducted by Sir Simon Rattle for their concert tour to Japan and Taiwan, as well as participation in educational project “The Two Fiddlers” in Berlin recorded for Digital Concert Hall.  Furthermore she made her Berlin opera debut at the stage of Komische Oper as Pamina (The Magic Flute) as well as returned to Polish National Opera in Warsaw with the same production directed by Barrie Kosky. She has also appeared as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) under Teodor Currentzis in The Tchaikowsky Opera in Perm, and as Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) in Grand Teatre of Lodz.

Future engagements includes role debut as Mimi (La Boheme) at the stage of Opera Podlaska, opera gala with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, recordings and performances of Brahms German Requiem with MDR Rundfunkorchester in Leipzig and Dresden, as well as debut at the Baden Baden Festival as Blumenmädchen (Parsifal) again with Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle.

Mrs. Sobotka graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and continued her studies with renowned artist and pedagogue Tom Krause at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid.

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NameSobotka, Iwona
Born inPoland, Europe
Home LocationBarcelona, Spain
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages Spanish; Castilian,  Italian,  Russian,  Polish 
"Iwona Sobotka as Pamina presented perfect technique paired with natural playfulness. Just as Papageno, she was also able to feel the intention of the stage director. Not only her vocal production was impressive, but also with her stage presence and acting. She was able to paraphrase the star of silent cinema, Claudette Colbert."
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2017-04-24 ORIGO,
"All the singers were great and apparently enjoyed the playfulness of the staging – and in the same tame were completely serious about their vocal production. In this evenly very good cast, Iwona Sobotka still stood out: she got a well-deserved ovation at the end of the show."
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2017-04-30 Bachtrack,
"A most endearing Pamina, Iwona Sobotka was the star of the evening, her full, luscious soprano a treat to hear: her heartrending "Ach, ich fühl's" was one of the highlights of the evening."
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