"Adrianne Pieczonka made a magnificent
debut as the noble queen. She was ravishing in the final scene."
"The wonderful Strauss interpreter displays
how she can also shine in Wagner's music. Her floating, gleaming,
endlessly spun tones are mixed with thrilling metallic attacks.
She is a fascinating Senta." (Der Neue Merkur Wien)
"In the second and final act her sumptuous
soprano filled out Richard Strauss's long lines and glorious crescendos
with complete security and control. (Globe and Mail)
Hailed for her "impeccably pure and iridescent voice" (Financial
Times) Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka has appeared on leading
opera and concert stages in Europe, North America and Asia under
the direction of such conductors as James Levine, Riccardo Muti,
Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner, Claudio Abbado, the late Richard
Bradshaw, Lorin Maazel, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Anthony Pappano and
the late Sir Georg Solti. In addition to performances at New York's
Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna Staatsoper, Paris, Berlin, Munich
Frankfurt, Los Angeles, and La Scala, Adrianne has appeared at some
of Europe's finest summer festivals including Salzburg, Bayreuth,
Glyndebourne and Lucerne.
Following her return to the Bayreuth Festival as Senta in a new
production of Der Fliegende Höllander conducted by Christian
Thieleman, Adrianne's 2012-2013 season features a reprisal of the
role of Senta in Torino, Ariadne auf Naxos in Hamburg and
Munich, Tosca and Otello in Berlin. She makes her
role debut as Madame Lidoine in Dialogue des Carmelites at
the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and performs Verdi's Requiem
in Hamburg. A major highlight of Adrianne's 2013 summer is her performance
as Chrysothemis in a new production of Elektra at the Aix-en-Provence
Festival, directed by Patrice Chéreau and conducted by Esa-Pekka
Salonen. Future seasons will see her at London's Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, in Toronto, Vienna and New York.
Critically acclaimed for her interpretation of Wagner's strong
and tragic women, Adrianne's celebrated portrayal of Sieglinde in
Die Walküre has taken her to some of the world's most
famed houses - the Bayreuth Festspiele, Metropolitan Opera, the
Canadian Opera Company - and made it one of her signature roles
earning her the title as "the Sieglinde of our time" (Die Zeit).
She has also triumphed in the roles of Elsa in Lohengrin and
Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer, making her Paris opera
debut in the latter role.
Strauss has also featured on Adrianne's recent calendar including
performances of Der Kaiserin in the Maggio Musicale production of
Frau Ohne Schatten in Florence, the title roles of Arabella
in Vienna and Ariadne auf Naxos in Vienna, Toronto, Bilbao,
and Munich, and as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier in
Salzburg, Vienna, and Munich.
Other recent highlights include
her critically acclaimed debut as Amelia in the Metropolitan Opera
production of Simon Boccanegra, simulcast on radio and Live
in HD her debut as Tosca at
the Los Angeles Opera "Adrianne Pieczonka was imperious and imposing,
mercurial and gorgeous, impetuous and smitten. A Diva-in-Full."(OC
Register), her debut as
Leonora in Fidelio with the Canadian Opera Company that also
elicited rave reviews: "an expressive, flexible, velvet-trimmed
voice backed up by ample reserves of steely resolve." (Toronto Star)
Elisabetta in Don Carlos
at the Dresden Semperoper, the COC, the Teatro Comunale in Florence
Lisa in Pique Dame at
the Metropolitan Opera Elisabeth
in Tännhauser at Milan's famed La Scala. She also participated
in the Vienna Staatsoper's star-studded gala honouring the retirement
of long-time Intendant Ioan Holender.
CONCERTS AND RECITALS
A consummate concert and recital artist, Adrianne has performed
on stages in Europe and North America. Her recent recital at Toronto's
Koerner Hall garnered no less praise: "The soprano combines a
beautiful voice with a sincerity and simplicity that touches the
heart - an artist without artifice." (La Scena Musicale) than
her debut recital in Toronto at Roy Thomson Hall "Adrianne Pieczonka's
pearly soprano is as lustrous a sound as anyone could imagine..."
(Globe & Mail). She has given song recitals in Great Britain,
Austria, France and Canada and has appeared with the Orchestre symphonique
de Montréal, where she performed Messiaen's Poèmes
pour Mi, conducted by Kent Nagano, the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, the National Arts Centre Orchestra,
among many other orchestras.
Adrianne's most recent CD is the JUNO-Award winning recording
of some of Puccini most well-loved arias from Tosca, La
Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut among
other favourites: "Her interpretations and the beauty of tone
captivate the listener...Each interpretation is fresh and new and
every phrase is well thought-out, her voice is likewise always fresh
and there are always small details which make these arias true highlights."
(Klassik) She also stars as Elsa in Hännsler Classic's
highly acclaimed recording of Lohengrin, which also features
Johan Botha as Lohengrin and conducted by Semyon Bychkov and was
named both DISC OF THE YEAR and received the OPERA AWARD at the
2010 BBC Music Magazine Awards. "Adrianne Pieczonka's Elsa is
also scrupulously delivered...it surely merits a place among the
most beautifully sung." (Opera) Also, a recent release is her
recording of Paul Griffiths's tribute to Lieutenant-General Roméo
Dallaire The General with l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
and Kent Nagano on the JUNO-Award winning CD Beethoven: Ideals
of The French Revolution (Analekta).
Her first solo recording of arias by Wagner and Strauss received
high praise for showcasing her "dramatic finesse and musical
intensity" (Bühne) and "her bright, gleaming sound with
its vibrant top...ideal in the jügendlich-dramatisch fach.
Her singing combines beauty, power and nuance." (La Scena Musicale).
Her other critically applauded discs include Falstaff with
Bryn Terfel and Claudio Abbado, Don Giovanni (Naxos), The
Complete Orchestra Songs of Richard Strauss (Nightingale), and
Die Fledermaus (Nightingale).
Adrianne can be seen on DVD as Amelia in the Metropolitan Opera's
production of Simon Boccanegra, as the Marschallin in Der
Rosenkavalier (TDK) and as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni
Adrianne began her career at the Canadian Opera Company in Lady
MacBeth of Mtsensk in 1988, returning to that company in 1994
to sing the role of Mimi in La Bohème. In 1989 she
joined the Vienna Volksoper and established her home and career
in Europe. In 1991 she became a member of the Vienna Staatsoper
where she continues to enjoy great success. After living in London
for some time, Adrianne returned to live in Toronto in 2005, where
she continues to make her home.
In June 2012, Adrianne received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond
Jubilee Medal, created to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's
accession to the throne and to recognize an individual's significant
contribution to Canada. In 2007, she was made an Officer of the
Order of Canada in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement,
dedication to the community and service to the nation. Earlier in
the same year, she was named a Kammersängerin by the Austrian
government. Originally bestowed by the royal courts, the title "Kammersänger(in)",
or chamber singer, is awarded to distinguished singers who have
made a significant contribution to the arts in Austria.
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