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Internationally celebrated for her interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Verdi and Puccini heroines, Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka has enjoyed a career spanning 35 years.
After completing her studies at the University of Western
Ontario (Honours BMus Voice Performance) and University of Toronto’s Opera Division (Artist Diploma), she won First Prize at the s-Hertogenbosch Singing Competition in the Netherlands and First Prize at the Mady Mesplé Competition in France in 1988.
She began her career at the Vienna Volksoper in 1989, and in 1991 she joined the Vienna State Opera where she has sung a wide repertoire from Mozart to Wagner for three decades.
Adrianne has sung at every major opera house including La Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Colon, Paris, Munich, Dresden, Berlin, Hamburg, Teatro Real Madrid, Liceu Barcelona, Netherlands Opera, Zurich, Geneva, Florence, Bilbao, Turin, Toyko, The Metropolitan Opera New York, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Opera, San Francisco Opera among many others.
Her signature roles include Tosca, The Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) Chrysothemis (Elektra) , Ariadne, Arabella, Senta (Fliegender Holländer) Amelia (Un ballo in Maschera) and Elisabetta (Don Carlo). She performed at the prestigious Bayreuth Festival, singing Sieglinde in Die Walküre in 2006 and 2007 and sang Senta in The Flying Dutchman in 2012. She has appeared in leading roles at the Salzburg Festival, The Glyndebourne Festival, Edinburgh Festival and The Aix en Provence Festival in France.
Adrianne has appeared in concert with orchestra at The Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Salle Pleyel, Maison Symphonique, Roy Thomson Hall, Massey Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Vienna among many others.Adrianne has performed under Sir Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Loren Maazel, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Andris Nelsons, Esa Pekka Salonen, Christian Thielemann, Kent Nagano among many others.
Adrianne has also performed recitals on many international stages, recently performing Schubert’s Winterreise in Madrid and Toronto. Her recent CD, Lyrical Echoes, was released on the Analekta Label in 2021 and features Lieder by Clara Schumann, accompanied by pianist Liz Upchurch. In 2004 Adrianne won a Dora Award for her portrayal of Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre at the COC.
Adrianne was named Kammersängerin by the Austrian Government in 2007, acknowledging her outstanding artistry at the Vienna State Opera. She was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008. In 2009 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Adrianne was awarded the Paul de Hueck and Normal Walford Career Achievement Award in 2011.
Adrianne has made several recordings of full operas as well as solo CDs. Her ‘Puccini Aria’ CD on the Orfeo Label won a Juno Award in 2010.
Adrianne holds honorary doctorates from The University of McMaster and The University of Western Ontario and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Since 2019, Adrianne has acted as Chair in Voice at the Glenn Gould School, where she teaches voice, facilitates all masterclasses and manages all student operas and concert performances.
Adrianne was a jury member for the Hildegard Zadek Voice Competition in Vienna in 2013 and she was a jury member for the Concours Musical International de Montréal (Chant) in 2022. She has given masterclasses for the Young Artists of the Vienna State Opera, Brott Opera Hamilton, The Banff Centre for Creativity, The Rumbold Prize (Edmonton Opera) University of Toronto, McGill University, York University, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of British Columbia, Mount Allison University, University of Western Ontario, University of Alberta and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London England.
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