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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 at the Lindemann Young Artist Program where she will sing Sister Catherine in Dead Man Walking, Papagena in the Magic Flute, and Yvette & Italian Singer 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. This summer, she looks forward to making her role debut as Susanna in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro under Matthew Aucoin's baton at the Aspen Music Festival.
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. While 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 performed 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. That 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 1st prize 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.
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 highest grade 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. That season, 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 Mahler's Symphony No.4.
" ... A voice that instantly engages the listener:
free and lustrous. "
In the 2020 -2021 season, Magdalena was announced as an artist at Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists Vocal Academy and San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program. There 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.
In the 2019-2020 season, Magdalena Kuźma was one of the youngest of 10 singers 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. Kuźma graduated from Oberlin College & Conservatory with degrees in Vocal Performance and Psychology with a concentration in social neuroscience where studied under the tutelage of Marlene Rosen. There she 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. That summer 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.
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 Institute. In 2016, she performed Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in Italy’s Teatro Petrarca.
Formerly, Kuźma was also a fellow at The Bach Institute in collaboration with Emmanuel Music, Chautauqua Institute, and Académie Internationale d’été de Nice. 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.