Maestra Aleksandra Kurzak sang during the concert "World Opera Arias"
The world-renowned soprano Aleksandra Kurzak sang in the concert "World Opera Arias" at the Arcade courtyard of the Wawel Royal Castle as part of the 22nd Summer Krakow Opera Festival (29 June). She was accompanied by the Krakow Opera Orchestra conducted by Wojciech Rajski. The artist sang arias from operas by Giuseppe Verdi - "Traviata", "Othello", "Don Carlos" and by Giacomo Puccini - "Madama Butterfly", "Tosca", "Gianni Schicchi", and "Turandot". The delighted audience rewarded the singer's spectacular arias with thunderous applause.
Dorota Szwarcman wrote on her blog on "Polityka" magazine's website: "Her voice has darkened and has become very strong, and acting, which has always been her strong suit, is probably even better than before”. She also added: "the Verdi part was more diverse. The aria of Violetta from Act 1 of “La Traviata” is well known, especially to audiences in Warsaw, since the artist has performed it under the direction of Mariusz Treliński, but this time it might have been even better, more intense. She surprised us with the aria of Elisabeth from the last act of Don Carlos — she has never sang it at any theatre, she is only approaching the part, but she already is regal enough that she could easily take it on. Desdemona is a part she has just exercised — in March she sang this role for the first time at the Vienna Staatsoper, and in June in Hamburg; the Willow Song was simply astonishing in her rendition. It was definitely the high point of the first part of the concert”. After the concert, Anna Woźniakowska wrote on the Polska Muza portal: "I have not heard Aleksandra Kurzak for several years. In that time, her voice changed significantly; it gained depth, more power, and roundness. It is simply beautiful. The combination of this beauty of voice with the charisma that the artist undoubtedly possesses, along with her stage experience, made Aleksandra Kurzak win over the Wawel audience in a heartbeat. … I was delighted with her Desdemona. The aria Canzone del salice ... Ave Maria was given a very good dramatic structure, and she sung it perfectly. … The Krakow Opera Orchestra was not only accompanying the singer with great care, under Wojciech Rajski's baton. They also performed instrumental fragments from operas by Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni and Giordano”.
After the concert, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture, Piotr Gliński, awarded Aleksandra Kurzak the gold medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis for her contributions to promoting of Poland in the world, an occasion compounded by her twentieth anniversary of artistic work. The artist, emotional, confessed: "I am proud and extremely happy to receive this award here, in what is perhaps the most important place for a Pole, in the heart of Poland - at the Wawel Castle”.