Iwona Sobotka

soprano voice
biography

Iwona Sobotka achieved international acclaim as the Grand Prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium. 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 orchestras across Europe including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, 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 and Massimo Zanetti.

Equally at home on the stage, as well as on the concert platform. Iwona Sobotka made her debut at the National Opera in Paris, and has performed the role of Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme, Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen. In 2010 she made her debut in the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival in the title role of Halka in Moniuszko’s opera, and continued that association in the summer of 2011, in the role of Liù in Puccini’s Turandot to great critical acclaim.

Iwona Sobotka is widely acknowledged for her interpretations of the works of Karol Szymanowski. In 2004, she contributed to a complete collection of his songs and was distinguished by the National Academy of Recording Artis in Poland with the Fryderyk Award for this recording. 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 in BBC Music Magazine. In 2010 she participated in a ‘Szymanowski Focus’ program curated by Piotr Anderszewski to promote the music of Szymanowski with concerts in Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York.

Recent highlights include a tour of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony to Japan and Taiwan with Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, participation in Berlin Philharmonic educational projects The Two Fiddlers and A Trip to the Moon recorded for Digital Concert Hall platform, as well as debut concerts with London Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Furthermore she made her Berlin opera debut at the stage of Komische Oper as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute directed by Barrie Kosky and debuted as Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme at Opera Podlaska, Poland. She has also appeared as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni conducted by Teodor Currentzis at the Tchaikowsky Opera in Perm, Russia.

This season she makes her debut at the Baden-Baden Festival as Blumenmädchen in Wagner’s Parsifal with Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, returns to the Polish National Opera as Pamina in Mozart’s Magic Flute, to Opera Podlaska as Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme and will appear in concert with Berlin Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Orquesta Simfónica de Madrid among others.

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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Short Profile

NameSobotka, Iwona
Born inPoland, Europe
Home LocationBarcelona, Spain
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages Spanish; Castilian,  Italian,  Russian,  Polish 
Reviews
MOZART: THE MAGIC FLUTE AT ERKEL THEATER
2017-04-22 IZA SZINHAZBAN JART ,
"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."
(IZABELLA ANDREA )
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THIS MAGIC FLUTE WOULD HAVE FASCINATED EVEN MOZART
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."
(GABOR PESTHY)
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KOMISCHE OPER’S ZAUBERFLÖTE ENCHANTS BUDAPEST
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."
(ORSOLYA GYÁRFÁS)
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