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Ewa Płonka

Ewa Płonka's repertoire today includes some of the most demanding Italian soprano roles such as Puccini's Turandot or Verdi's Lady Macbeth with her voice being originally trained as a dramatic mezzo-soprano.

The 2019/20 season saw her role and house debut as Tosca at Virginia Opera, she returned to Dallas Opera for Verdi's Don Carlos (with musical director Emmanuel Villaume conducting) and sang with the Canadian Opera Company in Der fliegende Holländer. She gained a big success on the concert podium at the Chicago Grant Park Music Festival with Frederick Delius' rarely performed A Mass of Life and as soprano soloist in Sergej Rachmaninov's The Bells with the Nashville Symphony. She performed Karol Szymanowski's Stabat Mater at the Carnegie Hall in New York marking the centennial of the Polish independency. Before this, she sang with Dallas Opera in Massenet's Don Quichotte and Verdi's Rigoletto and Il trovatore.

European guest contracts brought her to Frankfurt opera (Azucena in Il trovatore, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Mary in Der fliegende Holländer), to Finland (Wesendonck-Lieder), to Montpellier with Mahler's 3rd symphony (under Michael Schønwandt) and to Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena).

She is a laureate of some prestigious voice competitions. Already during her studies with the New York Juilliard School, she made some successful appearances on the operatic stage in Britten's Rape of Lucretia or Bellini's La Sonnambula (collaborating with the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program). Before her lyrical career, Ewa Płonka was a successful concert pianist, touring stages in the US, Poland, Israel, France, Italy, Germany and Norway.

Ewa Płonka is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she obtained an Artist Diploma in Vocal Performance. She holds additional degrees in piano performance from The Academy of Music in Poznań, 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, both in piano performance with secondary majors in vocal performance.