Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Born: 7th August 1977, Brzeg
Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak studied singing in Hamburg and Wroclaw, where she made her professional debut as Mozart’s Susanna aged 21 (opposite her mother Jolanta Żmurko as the Countess); she then spent six years as an ensemble-member at the Hamburg State Opera, where her repertoire included Nannetta (*Falstaff*), Adele (*Die Fledermaus*), Cleopatra (*Giulio Cesare*) and Fiorilla (Il Turco in Italia*). In 2004 she debuted at both The Metropolitan Opera (as Olympia in *Les contes d’Hoffmann*) and Covent Garden (as Aspasia in Mozart’s *Mitridate*), and in 2011 she signed to Decca: her first recording on the label (*Gioia*, a collection of operatic arias by Strauss, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini) prompted *The Times* to declare that ‘there’s no doubt that her voice is stupendous’. As of May 2018 she is an exclusive artist for Sony Classical.
Kurzak holds a PhD in music, and is the partner of the tenor Roberto Alagna, whom she met whilst singing Adina to his Nemorino at Covent Garden.
Further Reading: Aleksandra Kurzak
Up-and-coming Polish soprano Kurzak radiates ‘gioia’ in her debut solo album of operatic arias by Donizetti, Bellini, Puccini and others, whilst Fleming is on ravishing form in an all-French programme of orchestral song-cycles by Ravel, Messiaen and Dutilleux (the latter composed for her in 2007).