Winner of the Grand Prix Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, of the Edmund Kossowski Polish Art Song Competition in Warsaw and the East and West International Artists Auditions in New York.
In the current season, she is an artist-in-residence at the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź, where she will perform Richard Strauss’s Vier letzte Lider, Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and will debut as Isolde in a concert performance of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. She will take part in the opening concert of the artistic season of the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw. She will appear for the first time as Manon Lescaut in Giacomo Puccini’s opera and as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello in the Grand Theatre in Poznań, as Leonora in Verdi’s Troubadour at the Estonian National Opera, and will also sing the part of Violetta in Verdi’s Traviata at the Grand Theatre in Łódź and the title role of Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka for the first time at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava.
The artist has collaborated with the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra and Staatskapelle Berlin under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle. She performs Polish vocal repertoire. In 2004, she released her first solo album with the songs of Karol Szymanowski, which was honoured with the Fryderyk Award. She has also recorded Szymanowski’s works with, among others, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (EMI Classics) and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (Polish Radio recording label).
Iwona Sobotka’s extensive operatic repertoire includes over 20 roles which she has presented on the world’s stages including the Opéra national de Paris, Teatro Real in Madrid, Chicago Opera Theater, Komische Oper Berlin, Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw, as well as at the Osterfestspiele in Baden-Baden and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
She is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and of the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, where she studied under Tom Krause.