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Agnieszka Rehlis

Mezzo-soprano

Agnieszka Rehlis is a graduate of the Wroclaw Music Academy (1996), three-time recipient of scholarships from the Ministry of Culture, and winner of many singing competitions. For many years she was a member of the Wroclaw Opera, where she made her debut as Jadwiga in Moniuszko’s Haunted Manor; this wasfollowed by many other leading roles in operas, including ones by Verdi, Gounod, Mozart and Bizet. With the Wroclaw Opera she has toured Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, England, Ireland, France, Italy and Taiwan, and participated in operatic spectacles staged, for example, at Wroclaw’s Centennial Hall. In 2003 she made her debut at the Grand Theatre–National Opera in Warsaw.

She performs mainly oratorio and cantata works, of which she has over sixty in her repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach to K. Penderecki. She has given concert performances throughout Poland and Europe and participated in international festivals i.e. the Easter Ludwig van Beethoven Festival, Wratislavia Cantans, George Enescu International festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Praskie Jaro and the Beijing Music Festival. She has sung under the baton of such conductors as Jiri Belohlavek, Gabriel Chmura, Kazimierz Kord and Bramwell Tovey, and has been accompanied by the National Polish Radio SO, the NDR SO, the Chinese Philharmonic, the Luxemburg Philharmonic and the BBC SO, among others. In September 2006 she recorded K. Penderecki’s Te Deum, a year later his Lieder der Verganglichkeit, and in 2008 his Utrenja for the recording company Naxos. Recordings with her participation for DUX have been honoured with the Fryderyk Award and she also has to her credit highly acclaimed DVD recordings.

She has frequently participated in concerts conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki at home and abroad, including the world premiere of his Symphony No.8 –Lieder der Vergänglichkeit.

Apart from important performances of oratorio music (i.e. Maciejewski’s Requiem in London’s Westminster Cathedral), the recent season has brought her success in the field of opera: in the first stage production of M. Weinberg’s The Passenger directed by David Poutney and at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. On 14 January 2011 she appeared in the closing concert of the Chopin Year with Sinfonia Varsovia under the baton of Valery Gergiev, performing Penderecki’s latest work The wind blew over my sea of dreams composed to the words of Polish poets.

 

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