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Katarzyna Holysz graduated from the Academy of Music in Poznan in 2003 where she studied with Krystyna Pakulska. She also took master-classes with Christine Hampe, Maria Pelegrini, Jadwiga Rappe, Jerzy Artysz, Ryszard Karczykowski and others. She received the Polish Government scholarship for the most talented young artists (2000/2001) and the Stipendium Bayreuther Festspiele (2001). In 2001 and 2002, as laureate of the International Festival for Young Singers Schloss Rheinsberg, she performed Sophie Dorothea in the opera "Kronprinz Friedrich" by Siegfried Matthus.
Katarzyna Holysz co-operates with several Polish opera theatres. At the beginning she sung mezzo-soprano parts (Eboli, Adalgisa, Octavian, Composer). She also performed Madame in the Polish premiere of the Francis Poulenc opera „La Voix humaine”. In 2009 Katarzyna Holysz started to sing soprano parts, highly acclaimed by critics and audience, among them Lady Mackbeth, Tosca, Salome, Leonore/Fidelio, Venus (Tannhauser), Kundry, Agatha (Der Freischutz), Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos-R.Strauss), Duchess (Rusalka/Dvorak).
Besides of her opera career, Katarzyna Holysz belongs to the recognized Polish concert singers. She has been invited to perform in the concert-halls in Poland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Lithuania, first of all in German and French repertoire.
For the interpretation of Adalgisa in the Poznan Opera House (2003) she recived the Young Art Medal of Poznan. In 2009 she was awarded the Gold Masque of the town of Lodz for the best vocal creation (Agatha), and in 2012 Jan Kiepura Musical Theatre Award for the best opera singer in 2011/12 season.
FREIE PRESSE, 2 June 2003:
„Katharina Holysz bezaubert, hinreissend mit ihrer Stimme, mit ihrem Spiel...“
KULTURSPIEGEL, 1 June 2005:
„Katharina Holysz war wiederum der Octavian - das muss man gesehen haben! Das ist nicht gespielt, das ist gelebt!“
RZECZPOSPOLITA, 6 March 2009:
„Katarzyna Holysz - one of our most authentic vocal talents....“
RUCH MUZYCZNY, 8 August 2010:
„As Lady Mackbeth Katarzyna Holysz was absolutely first class - her interpretation could be pride of the most recognized theatres, not only in Poland. The rest of the cast stayed in her shadow (...)“
OPERA REVIEW, Feb. 2011:
„Katarzyna Holysz (as Leonora/Fidelio) sounded exciting with her combination of lower-register riches and radiantly secure top notes“
TROJMIASTO.PL, 26 May 2014:
„Definitely, she belongs to the best sopranos in Poland“
RZECZPOSPOLITA, 30 May 2014:
„She is real and touching. This role (Tosca) is her actor's and vocal success“
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