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Singing Europe 2016

Singing Europe 2016 is a meeting of several dozen choirs from across different countries and presentation of great works of opera, oratorio and a capella programs in cooperation with experienced and recognized artists. The participants of the final edition will be young amateur singers, as well as the stars of the world music scene: Aleksandra Kurzak, Roberto Alagna, Paul McCreesh. In total, the concerts will be attended by several thousand people. Joint concerts and meetings with choirs from Lower Silesia will allow them to exchange experiences and mutual learning about cultures.

In 2016 choirs from all over Europe will be able to enjoy a common passion for singing, and Wroclaw will become three weekends European Capital of Singing!

Chóry uczestniczące w koncercie 23 lipca

Chór dziecięcy Animato – kierownictwo artystyczne Olivia Kaczyńska       
Chór Bel Canto - Rybnik – kierownictwo artystyczne Lidia Blazel-Marszolik      
Chór Bel Canto - Jordanów – kierownictwo artystyczne Ksenia Miśkiewicz      
Chór Canto Libero – kierownictwo artystyczne Ewa Gadzina      
Chór Kameralny Stella – kierownictwo artystyczne Attila Zongor i Amarilla Regős  
Chór im. prof. W. Wawrzyczka Uniwersytetu Warmińsko-Mazurskiego w Olsztynie – kierownictwo artystyczne Bogusław Paliński
Chór Kościoła Pokoju w Jaworze – kierownictwo artystyczne Małgorzata Zuchowicz
Chór Śpiewająca Dwójka – Kierownictwo artystyczne Małgorzata Zuchowicz
Chór Chłopięcy Cantus – kierownictwo artystyczne Teresa Michałkiewicz
Chór UTW Apasjonata – kierownictwo artystyczne Bartosz Jugo
Chór Mieszany Echo – kierownictwo artystyczne Agnieszka Trela - Jochymek
Chór Pasjonata – kierownictwo artystyczne Joanna Gawryszewska  
Chór Grochów – kierownictwo artystyczne Maja Sadłowska    
Chór Clemensianum – kierownictwo artystyczne Tomasz Prichacz    
Dziecięcy chór Angeli – kierownictwo artystyczne Spatariu Florin      
Kameralny Chór Misericordia  – kierownictwo artystyczne Aleksander Piechaczek     
Kameralny Chór Angelus – kierownictwo artystyczne Barbara Szarejko    
Kuźniczanie – kierownictwo artystyczne Olga Łagowska       
Podkarpacki Chór Męski – kierownictwo artystyczne Grzegorz Oliwa     
Chór Basilica Cantans – kierownictwo artystyczne Mirosława Jura-Żegleń     
Stowarzyszenie Śpiewacze Canto Alegre w Łodzi – kierownictwo artystyczne Jan Kondratowicz  
Strzyżowski Chór Kameralny – kierownictwo artystyczne Grzegorz Oliwa     
Una Voce – kierownictwo artystyczne Andrzej Prus      
Warszawski Chór Międzyuczelniany – kierownictwo artystyczne Borys Somerschaf     
Wrocławski Chór Światowych Dni Młodzieży – kierownictwo artystyczne Sara Pradella   
Zespół Wokalny Cantus Olaviensis – kierownictwo artystyczne Barbara Szarejko    
Zespół Pieśni Dawnej Fresca Voce - kierownictwo artystyczne Michalina Spychalska
Zespół Unity – kierownictwo artystyczne Beata Krzenciessa
Polski Narodowy Chór Młodzieżowy – kierownictwo artystyczne Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny

 

 

Choirs participating in the concert on 30 July

Chór Medici Cantantes Uniwersytetu Medycznego we Wrocławiu
Magdalena Lipska - kierownictwo artystyczne
Chór Akademicki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Irina Bogdanovich - kierownictwo artystyczne
Akademicki Chór Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego
Marcin Tomczak - kierownictwo artystyczne
Studencki Chór Uniwersytetu w Pardubicach
Tomáš Židek - kierownictwo artystyczne
Chór Akademicki Žerotín
Pavel Koňárek - kierownictwo artystyczne
Chór NFM
Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny – kierownictwo artystyczne

Choirs participating in the concert on 6 August

Chór Uniwersytetu Śląskiego „Harmonia" w Cieszynie
Izabella Zielecka-Panek – kierownictwo artystyczne
Chór Akademicki Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza
Beata Bielska – kierownictwo artystyczne
Akademicki Chór Politechniki Wrocławskiej
Małgorzata Sapiecha-Muzioł
Akademicki Chór Politechniki Opolskiej
Ludmiła Wocial-Zawadzka – kierownictwo artystyczne

Chór Akademicki Studenckiego Centrum Kultury w Niszu
Zoran Stanisavljevic – kierownictwo artystyczne
Chór NFM
Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny – kierownictwo artystyczne

 

Aleksandra Kurzak

Polish-born soprano Aleksandra Kurzak began her musical education at the age of 7, playing violin and piano. She studied voice at the conservatories of Wroclaw and Hamburg. She made her professional opera debut at the age of 21 at the Wroclaw State Opera as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. Her mother and teacher Jolanta Żmurko performed the role of Countess. Kurzak is a laureate of singing competitions in Warsaw, Barcelona, Helsinki and Canton. In 2009 she received a PhD in Music.Between 2001 and 2007 Kurzak was a member of the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera, where she sang numerous roles: Queen of the Night, Blonde, Susanna, Servilia, Marzelline (Fidelio), Nanetta (Falstaff), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Gilda, Adèle, Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Maid (Powder her Face), Musetta, Cleopatra, Fiorilla (Il Turco in Italia), Marie (La Fille du Régiment)


Roberto Alagna

In his 30-year career, Roberto Alagna has added over sixty roles to his repertoire (Alfredo, Manrico, Nemorino, Calaf, Radames, Rodolfo, Don Jose, Cavaradossi, Werther, Otello – performed in August 2014 at the Choregies d'Orange festival, etc.). His taste for exploration has shown his love for less-common works, via productions, concerts and recordings such as Massenet's Le jongleur de Notre-Dame, Le Cid or La Navarraise, Lalo's Fiesque, Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac, Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Chausson's Le roi Arthus or recently Meyerbeer's Vasco da Gama... Even two contemporary operas have been composed especially for him, Vladimir Cosma's Marius et Fanny, after Marcel Pagnol, and Le dernier jour d'un condamné, after Victor Hugo, which was composed by David Alagna and staged for the first time in France in 2014. His Little Italy tour, a tribute to his origins and to the music-culture of Italy in all its diversity, was a great triumph in over fifteen French cities.

Rosemary Joshua

Rosemary Joshua was born in Cardiff and studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and at the Royal College of Music, of which she is now a Fellow.
Highlights this season and beyond include Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Mendelssohn Lobgesang with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; Bach St John Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr and tours singing Nitocris Belshazzar with RIAS Kammerchor Berlin and Messiah with the Orchestra of the 18th Century.

Paula Murrihy

Irish Mezzo-Soprano Paula Murrihy is a native of County Kerry. She received her Bachelor in Music from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin before continuing her studies in North America at the New England Conservatory.   Paula has also participated in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program and more recently was an apprentice at Santa Fe Opera and part of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.
After being spotted at the Neue Stimmen Competition in 2009 by Frankfurt Opera’s General Director, Paula was asked to join their acclaimed ensemble.   Her numerous appearances have included Annio La Clemenza di Tito,   Medoro Orlando Furioso, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Lazuli L’etoile,  Dorabella Cosi fan Tutte, Orontea and Octavian Der Rosenkavalier. This season she will sing Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Polissena in Radamisto and joins the highly successful team behind Dido & Aeneas,  Barrie Kosky and Constantinos Carydis, in her role debut as Carmen.

Robert Murray

The English tenor, Robert Murray, studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He won second prize in the Kathleen Ferrier awards 2003 and was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.Operatic roles include Tamino in Die Zauberflote, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Agenore in Il re Pastore, Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera, Jacquino in Fidelio and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); the title role in Albert Herring (Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Piquillo in La Périchole and Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress (Garsington Opera); Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte (Opera North); Male Chorus in Rape of Lucretia (Den Norske Oper); The Simpleton in Boris Godunov, Tamino, Toni Reischmann in Henze’s Elegy For Young Lovers, Idamante in Idomeneo, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Steuermann in Der Fliegende Hollaender (English National Opera); Benvolio in Roméo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival); the title role in Jephtha (Welsh National Opera and the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston); Earl of Essex in Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana in his debut at the Staatsoper Hamburg and Bob Boles in Peter Grimes in Aldeburgh, as part of their B. Britten centenary celebrations.

Andrew Foster-Williams

Andrew Foster-Williams studied at and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, London.  Opera highlights this season and beyond include Balstrode Peter Grimes for Theater an der Wien; Telramund Lohengrin for La Monnaie, Brussels; title role in Saint-Saens Henry Vlll on a European tour and recording; Donner and Gunther in Opera North’s Wagner Ring Cycle in 2016. 
Concert plans include Mendelssohn Elijah with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan with whom Andrew will also appear in concerts including music by Bach and Mendelssohn; Haydn The Creation with Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and Richard Egarr and with Paul Daniel and the Porto Symphony Orchestra; Janacek Glagolitic Mass with Orchestre Métropolitain Montreal and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Bach St Matthew Passion (Christus) with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Mahler Symphony No 8 for the Leeds International Concert Series; Bach St John Passion (Christus and arias) with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst and Haydn The Seasons with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort on a European tour and recording.

Paul McCreesh

CONDUCTOR

Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. In 2013 he became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon) with whom he is conducting a wide range ofmusic from the classical period through to the  nineteenth and twentieth century, focusing in particular on symphonic repertoire, oratorio and opera in concert, working closely with the world-renowned Gulbenkian Choir.

McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and has guest conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including most recently the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchester, Bergen Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony orchestras.  Highlights ofhis 2014/15 season include his debut in Japan conducting the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and returns to the Verbier Festival Orchestra and St Paul Chamber Orchestra, with whom he enjoys a regular and ongoing collaboration.

Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / CONDUCTOR

Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny graduated from Wrocław University (diploma in biology 2000) and the Academy of Music in Wrocław (diploma in musical education 2004, diploma in voice 2005). In 2006 she completed her postgraduate studies in choral conducting at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. 
As a chorister she began with the Mixed Choir of the Głubczyce High School and next sang in Wrocław academic choirs. 

In 1995-1999 she was a member of the Polish-German Choral Academy IN TERRA PAX, and in 1997-1999 she worked there as a voice coach. In 1999 Agnieszka founded the ‘Con Amore’ Choir she led until 2002. Since November 1999 until February 2000 she was conductor and artistic manager of the Wrocław University of Technology Choir. 
In 2000 she founded the Medical University Chamber Choir (later renamed as Medici Cantantes) with which she has performed successfully at national and international competitions.

Contact

Jarosław Irzyk
Jarosław Irzyk
Coordinator of Singing Europe
Paweł Jan Frasz
Paweł Jan Frasz
Administrator of Singing Europe
phone: +48 71 715 97 26
mobile: 535 755 527

The National Forum of Music, plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław, co-managed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, City of Wrocław and Lower Silesian Province, registered in Rejestr Instytucji Kultury run by the City of Wrocław as RIK 38/2014.

Patrons:

Wdrożenie e-usług w Filharmonii im. Witolda Lutosławskiego we Wrocławiu - etap 2 współfinansowany jest przez Unię Europejską ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego dla województwa dolnośląskiego na lata 2007 - 2013 oś priorytetowa 6. Wykorzystanie i promocja potencjału turystycznego o kulturalnego Dolnego Śląska (Turystyka i Kultura), działanie 6.5. Działania wspierające infrastrukturę turystyczną i kulturową.