Hailed for her “warm voice” by Germany’s Music Heute, Polish soprano Ewa Płonka’s repertoire encompasses demanding spinto repertoire including the title role of Puccini’s Turandot.
In the 2019-20 season the soprano makes role and house debuts including Tosca with Virginia Opera and Turandot at Oper im Steinbruch in Austria. She returns to Dallas Opera for Verdi’s Don Carlo covering the role of Elisabetta, under the baton of Music Director Emmanuelle Villaume and joins Canadian Opera Company for Der fliegende Holländer, while covering the role of Amneris in Aida. On the concert stage, she debuts with the Grant Park Music Festival in Delius’ rarely performed A Mass of Life, conducted by Carlos Kalmar, and debuts with the Nashville Symphony in Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero.
Highlights of the 2018-19 season included a return to the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. On the concert stage, she joined the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall for Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater in a concert marking the centennial of Polish independence and made further debuts with Finland’s Oulu Symphony in Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, and Opéra Orchestre de Montpellier France as the soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 under the baton of Michael Schønwandt.
Other notable appearances include house debuts with Oper Frankfurt in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, in a co-production with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and in a new production of Rigoletto, after her successful house and role debut in Wagner’s Die fliegende Holländer. Concert highlights include debuts with the San Antonio Symphony for Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah under the baton of Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing and Dallas Opera for a program featuring excerpts from Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Massenet’s Don Quichotte. She has performed concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center under the baton of Eve Queler, with the Munich Radio Orchestra and Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra and has presented solo recitals in New York City, Austin, Texas, Neumarkt, Germany and Prudnik, Poland.
She was awarded Second Prize in American Protégé Competition, leading to a performance in Carnegie Hall; First Prize in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Competition, the Deborah Voigt Prize in the Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition, Third Prize in Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition, and a career grant from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition.
Ewa Płonka is a 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.