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​Agata Schmidt

Polish-born Agata Schmidt is a graduate of the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music, where she studied under Hanna Michalak. She completed her post-graduate vocal studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. She also attended master classes taught by Anita Garanča, Francisco Araiza, June Anderson, Jose Van Dam and Thomas Quasthoff.

She won second prize in the Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition in 2009 and third prize in the Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition in 2011. In Paris, she recieved the Prix Lyrique 2014 awarded by the Cercle Carpeaux, and the Prix de l’AROP 2014 (Association pour le Rayonnement de l’Opera de Paris). In 2016, she won second prize at the Bucharest Le Grand Prix de l'Opera. As a member of the Opera national de Paris’ Atelier Lyrique (2011 to 2014), Agata Schmidt sang with the Opera national de Paris’ orchestra in several concerts at the Palais Garnier and at the l’Auditorium du Louvre. She has appeared as Orphee (Berlioz’s version of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice) at the Opera de Bordeaux, Costanza (Haydn’s L’Isola disabitata) and Lucretia (Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia) in theatres in the Parisian region. In the summer of 2012, she sang a chamber repertoire at Festivals in Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh and Cordes-sur-Ciel.

Her other standout performances include Il tramonto (Respighi), Orpheus (Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice), a dance opera by Pina Bausch at the Opera national de Paris, and Mozart’s Requiem at Notre-Dame de Paris and at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London. The artist has also tackled the roles of Dryad in R. Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, the Third Wood Sprite in Dvořak’s Rusalka at the Opera national de Paris, Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw, and Marta and Pantalis in Boito’s Mefistofele in Opera de Lyon. Other notable performances include Palmeri’s Magnificat at the Pomerania Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz, Schubert’s Rosamunde with the Orchestre national de France, Dvořak’s Stabat Mater at the Opera National de Montpellier, as well as a Shostakovich Song Recital at the Amphitheatre of the Opera Bastille.

Her forthcoming projects include Debussy’s Le Martyre de saint Sebastien (Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Warsaw Philharmonic), Verdi’s Rigoletto (as Maddalena) and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (as Marcellina) in Lyon.

 

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