|Born||1956 (age 62–63)|
Elżbieta Szmytka (born 1956) is a Polish operatic soprano. She has appeared internationally, including at the Vienna State Opera, where she performed Mozart roles such as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Despina in Così fan tutte. In 1999, she recorded Chopin's Polish songs and performed in a concert in 2018 celebrating a century of Polish independence as a soloist in Górecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.
Life and career
Born in Prochowice, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Szmytka studied with Helena Łazarska. She made her debut as Susanna in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro at the Opera Krakowska. She appeared at the Vienna State Opera as Blonde in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Despina in his Così fan tutte, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. She also performed at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Opéra Garnier, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, the Berlin State Opera, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and at festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Glyndebourne Festival.
Szmytka's repertoire includes other Mozart roles, such as Cinna in Lucio Silla, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, both Ilia and Elettra in Idomeneo, and Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito. She also has sung Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, the title role in his La traviata (in Berlin, Brussels and Dusseldorf), Nanetta in his Falstaff, and Oscar in his Un ballo in maschera. In operas by Richard Strauss, she has sung Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier.
Szmytka has performed under the direction of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Sylvain Cambreling, John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Neville Marriner, Antonio Pappano, John Pritchard and Georg Solti.
In 2018, she performed in a concert celebrating a century of Polish independence, as a soloist in Górecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs with the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wojciech Michniewski.
- Mozart's Arias
- Così fan tutte with Neville Marriner
- La finta giardiniera
- Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Blonde)
- Don Giovanni by Giuseppe Gazzaniga with Bruno Weill
- The Merry Widow conducted by Franz Welser-Möst
- Szymanowski's King Roger with Thomas Hampson, conducted by Simon Rattle
In 1999, she recorded Chopin's Polish songs with pianist Malcolm Martineau. She recorded works by Karol Szymanowski with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Simon Rattle, including Stabat Mater and Litany to the Virgin Mary, Op. 59. A critic noted her "liquid tones".
- Kutsch/Riemens: Großes Sängerlexikon. Second edition, K. G. Saur, Bern, 1993, third, supplementary volume, p. 996, ISBN 3-907820-70-3 (3 volumes)
- "Chopin - Complete Edition Vol 9 - Songs / Szmytka, Martineau". ArkivMusic. 1999. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
- Jędrzejczak, Julia (13 November 2018). "A century of independence: Górecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs in Szczecin". bachtrack.com. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
- "Elżbieta Szmytka". The Frederic Chopin Institute. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
- "Vorstellungen mit Elżbieta Szmytka" (in German). Vienna State Opera. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
- "Elżbieta Szmytka". polskieradio.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
- Clements, Dominy (November 2006). "Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) / Stabat Mater Op. 53 (1926) / Litany to the Virgin Mary Op.59 (1933) / Symphony No. 3 Op. 27 Song of the Night". musicweb-international.com. Retrieved 30 April 2019.