Iwona Sobotka achieved international acclaim as the Grand Prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium. Other awards include the East & West Artists International Auditions in New York, where she was awarded her debut recital in Carnegie Hall.
In the 2017-2018 season, she will make her debut at Baden-Baden Festival with the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, as Blumenmädchen in Wagner’s Parsifal; return to Teatr Wielki in Warsaw as Pamina in the Barrie Kosky production of The Magic Flute; and to Opera Podlaska in Bialystok as Mimi in La Boheme. Concert engagements include performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Mahler Chamber Orquestra at Hamburg Musikfest; Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with MDR Sinfonieorchester in Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Frauenkirchen Dresden and with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin in Philharmonie. At the same venue, she will appear in a concert performance of Wagner’s Parsifal again with Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle.
Her first stage appearances saw her sing Ygraine in Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-Bleue at the Opéra National de Paris in 2004, a role she later sang on tour with the company guest performance in Japan. The following season she returned to Paris as First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and also made her first appearance with the Polish National Opera in Warsaw as Zuzia in Moniuszko’s Verbum Nobile. She was also invited by Hansjörg Schellenberger to sing the main role, Vespina, in a concert performance of Haydn’s L’infedeltà delusa in Milan and Munich with the Symphonieorchester of Bayerischen Rundfunks. In 2010, she made her debut in the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival in the title role of Moniuszko’s Halka, and continued that association in the summer of 2011 in the role of Liù in Puccini’s Turandot to great critical acclaim. She made her Komische Oper Berlin debut as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute directed by Barrie Kosky and sung this role as well for a guest performance of Komische Oper at Budapest Spring Festival, and in Warsaw with National Opera of Poland. Other roles with which she has enjoyed great success have included: Tatyana (Eugene Oniegin) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) under the baton of Teodor Currentzis in Tchaikowsky Perm State Opera; Violetta (La Traviata), Pamina (The Magic flute) and Mimi (La Boheme) in Opera Podlaska in Bialystok; Tatyana (Eugene Oniegin) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at Grand Theater in Łódź; Violetta (La Traviata) at Grand Theater in Poznań; as well as Micaëla in a concert performance of Bizet’s Carmen with Cracow Philharmonic.
A frequent concert performer, Mrs Sobotka has sung Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on tour to Asia with Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Simon Rattle; and appeared also with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the 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, Juanjo Mena, and Massimo Zanetti.
In 2010, she participated in a ‘Szymanowski Focus’ program curated by distinguished polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski to promote the music of Karol Szymanowski with concerts in Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. She also contributed to a complete collection of Szymanowski’s songs for Channel Classics alongside polish tenor Piotr Beczala and was distinguished by the National Academy of Recording Arts 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.
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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