Hailed for her “warm mezzo” by Germany’s Music Heute, Polish mezzo-soprano Ewa Płonka’s 2018-19 season will open in performances of Karol Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York in a concert marking the centennial of Polish independence. She will debut with Finland’s Oulu Symphony Orchestra singing Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder led by conductor Jessica Cottis and with Opéra Orchestre de Montpellier France as the soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the with conductor Michael Schønwandt.
Ms. Płonka’s 2017-2018 season included a return to Oper Frankfurt for her role debut as Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, in a new co-production with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, as well as a role and house debut as Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Other season highlights included a debut with the San Antonio Symphony for Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah under the baton of music director Sebastian Lang-Lessing and a concert with Dallas Opera that featured excerpts from Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Massenet’s Don Quichotte. Notable appearances of the 2016-17 season included Maddalena in a new production of Rigoletto with Oper Frankfurt, after a successful house and role debut there as Mary in Wagner’s Die fliegende Holländer. Other recent engagements include covers of the title role in The Rape of Lucretia at The Juilliard School and the role of Teresa in La Sonnambula, which was presented by The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in partnership The Juilliard School. She appeared as Adelia in The Armida Project with New Opera NYC- IKON Productions, and has sung concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center under the baton of Eve Queler, with the Munich Radio Orchestra and Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra and recitals in New York City, Austin, Texas, Neumarkt, Germany and Prudnik, Poland. During the summer of 2014, Dr. Płonka participated in Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Germany.
In 2013 she was awarded Silver Medal in YTAMC/ Texas; Second Prize in American Protégé Competition/ NYC after which she performed in Carnegie Hall; The First Prize in New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera 2013 Annual International Vocal Competition, the Deborah Voigt Special Prize in the Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition, Third Prize in Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition 2014, a career grant from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition and a prize in the Giulio Gari Vocal Competition.
Ewa Płonka is a recent 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. As a concert pianist, Ms. Płonka has received multiple awards in international competitions and has performed in the U.S., Poland, Israel, France, Italy, Germany, and Norway.