raised for being a “standout” with “star quality” by Opera News, Polish-American soprano Magdalena Kuźma is promptly establishing a name for herself in both concert and operatic repertoire.
Magdalena Kuźma is in her second year in the Lindemann Young Artist Program where she will sing Sister Catherine in Dead Man Walking, Papagena in the Magic Flute, and Yvette & Italian Singer (cover) in La Rondine in the Metropolitan Opera's 2023–24 season. She recently performed Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette at the Glimmerglass Festival. An avid recitalist, she will give solo recitals at Wigmore Hall and the London School of Economics with collaborator James Baillieu, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, Merkin Hall, and Newport Classical Music Festival among others.
In the 2022-2023 season, Magdalena made her house debut at Santa Fe Opera as Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen, alongside international stars Isabel Leonard and Michael Fabiano. There she also sang Lucia in the Act II finale of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and Elvira in the Act I finale of Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri. She sang recitals with LyricFest, performed Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at Opera Orlando, and Giannetta in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore at The Metropolitan Opera where she started her first year as a Lindemann Young Artist. This season she won 1st prize in the SAS Performing Arts Competition, 4th prize in the Opera Birmingham Competition, 3rd prize in Dallas Opera's McCammon Competition, 2nd prize in the Washington International Competition, and 1st Prize in the Partners for the Arts Competition.
Magdalena was also a winner of the ACPC Marcella Sembrich Vocal Competition, the Opera Mississippi John Alexander Vocal Competition, the Butler International Voice Competition, the Pasadena Opera Vocal Competition, and Grand Prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition; in addition to placing 2nd at the Metropolitan Opera Regionals & Shreveport Opera Competition. She also placed 3rd & won Audience Favorite in the National Opera Association's 2021 Carolyn Bailey Argento Competition and was a finalist in the 2021 Camerata Bardi Competition. Summer of 2021, she returned to San Francisco Opera's Merola Program and was also a fellow at Ravinia's Steans Music Institute. Kuźma recently completed her Master's at Yale School of Music, where in her first year she was awarded Yale’s Harriet Gibbs Fox Memorial Prize presented to a student who has achieved the highestgrade point average. In 2022, she was presented with the Dean's Award, "Yale's highest excellence Award given to a member of the graduating class who is selected by the dean in consultation with the faculty." While there, Kuźma performed the leading role of Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore and sang scenes as Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, Manon in Massenet's Manon , and Echo in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos at Yale this season. A passionate recitalist, Magdalena performed solo programs at the Arts Club of Washington in D.C.; NYC's Saint John's in the Village (NYFA); Yale University; and in Paris' iconic Galerie dorée de la Banque de France. She was also seen performing with Richmond Symphony as the soloist in the Mahler 4 Symphony in March.
In the 2020 -21 season, Magdalena was announced as an artist at Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists Vocal Academy. In June 2020, she joined San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program, where she was scheduled to sing the role of Barbarina and cover the leading role of Susanna in Mozart’s comedy, Le Nozze di Figaro. Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, she was also slated to perform a solo recital as part of the Carnegie Hall CityWide Recital Series. While at Yale University, she role studied Anne Trulove from Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and Sophie from Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier. Select scenes were filmed and can be viewed on Yale's YouTube.
In summer 2019, as a fellow at Music Academy of the West, she performed the role of Lila in the West Coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon's award-winning opera Cold Mountain, directed by James Darrah and conducted by Daniela Candillari. During her time at Music Academy, Magdalena also participated in the opera scenes program where she played Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Anna in Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor. In August, she competed in the 2019 Marilyn Horne competition. Magdalena has had the privilege of working with Ms. Horne both in Santa Barbara and Oberlin, where she received lessons and was featured in a live-streamed masterclass in Finney Chapel.
" ... A voice that instantly engages the listener:
free and lustrous. "
An avid lover and performer of contemporary music, Kuźma was an Oberlin 2019 Concerto Competition finalist performing André Previn’s Honey and Rue. Magdalena also coached and performed John Musto’s cycle Enough Rope at Carnegie Hall for “What Composers Want” - a panel discussion exploring the collaborative process between singer and composer with Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Paola Presitini, Chris Thile, and John Musto.
In January 2019, Magdalena Kuźma was one of the youngest of 10 singers who were selected from a global pool to be mentored by Renée Fleming in the inaugural year of SongStudio- a Carnegie Hall initiative that explores the future of song recital. While at Carnegie she continued her passion for new music by working with world-acclaimed composer Nico Muhly on his songs and performing Tom Cipullo’s How to Get Heat Without Fire in recital. Throughout the initiative, she was featured on a masterclass with Polish tenor Piotr Beczała and worked with Renée Fleming, Kevin Newbury, Javier Arrebola, Hartmut Höll, Bénédicte Jourdois, J.J. Penna, and Gerald Martin Moore.
Kuźma graduated from Oberlin College & Conservatory with degrees in Vocal Performance and Psychology. She studied under the tutelage of Marlene Rosen. In spring 2019, Ms. Kuźma was awarded The Margot Bos Stambler '84 Professional Development Award provided to “an outstanding Oberlin Conservatory voice major of great promise with support to enhance career opportunities.” Cumulating her undergraduate studies, Magdalena performed the lead role of Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, as well as Anna I and Anna II in Kurt Weil’s Die sieben Todsünden. Upon graduation, Magdalena Kuźma was selected to sing on the Commencement Recital where she performed works by Rachmaninoff.
Additional operatic roles include Giannetta in Donizetti’s L'elisir d’amour and Miles in Britten’s Turn of the Screw both directed by John Giampietro and conducted by Miloš Repický with Chautauqua Institution. While there, she was selected by Bénédicte Jourdois to perform on her recital “Yvonne Printemps”. In 2016, she performed Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in Italy’s Teatro Petrarca.
Formerly, Ms. Kuźma was a fellow at The Bach Institute in collaboration with Emmanuel Music where she worked with Kendra Colton and conductor Ryan Turner. She studied at the Chautauqua Institution led by famed teacher, Marlena Malas, at Oberlin in Italy, CSNY, and at the Académie Internationale d’été de Nice in France with Lorraine Nubar and pianist Dalton Baldwin. Previous education includes The Juilliard School (Pre-College Division) and LaGuardia Arts where she performed in recitals, opera scenes, Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène. Award-winning internationally, she has received grants from Arlene Shrut's New Triad Competition, The George London Foundation, International Festival Foundation, and the Margot Music Fund.