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Natalia Kawałek

Mezzosoprano, graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw from the class of Prof. Izabela Kłosińska and the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien, Erasmus scholarship holder at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Winner of the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti (2012), Internationale Hilde Zadek Gesangswettbewerb (2013) and DEBUT Gesangswettbewerb (2016). She works with Theater an der Wien, where she performs as Hermia in Benjamin Britten’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream” (dir. D. Micheletto), Anna Kennedy in Gaetano Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” (dir. C. Loy) and Lady-in-waiting in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth” (dir. R. Gayer.) In June 2017, she made her debut at the Wielki Theatre in Warsaw as Lucienne in “Die tote Stadt” by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (dir. M. Treliński.) In 2013-2016, she was a member of the Junges Ensemble des Theaters an der Wien, where she played the eponymous role Georges Bizet's “Carmen”, Armida in George Frideric Handel’s “Rinaldo”, Concepción in Maurice Ravel’s “L'heure espagnole”, as well as Annio in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito”. In 2016, she debuted at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the role of Cherubino in “Le nozze di Figaro”. She works with Il Giardino d'Amore ensemble, with whom she performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall. She sang the title role in the Vilnius edition of Stanisław Moniuszko’s “Halka” with Capella Cracoviensis as part of the Opera Rara Festival (dir. C. Tomaszewski), as well as in the same production at Helsingin Koominen Ooppera (dir. L. Åkerlund). She also performed with Ensemble Matheus in “Messiah” and at the Bach Festival in Świdnica as Ginevra in George Frideric Handel’s “Ariodante” (dir. A. Spering), in Joseph Haydn's oratorio “Il ritorno di Tobia” (dir. P. Goodwin), as well as Enrico in the concert version of “Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra” by Gioacchino Rossini. She also performed the role of Creusa with Il Complesso Barocco in the concert version of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s “Demofoonte” under the baton of Alan Curtis, as well as Armida in Handel’s “Rinaldo” with Bach Consort under the direction of Rubén Dubrovski.