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Stefania Woytowicz (Soprano)

Born: October 8, 1922 - Orynin, East Poland
Died: September 1, 2005 - Warsaw, Poland

The Polish soprano, Stefania Woytowicz, spent her childhood in Brest-Litowsk. Since 1943 she lived in Warsaw. In 1945 she began at the University of Krakau to study Romanistik and musicology. At the same time she sudied singing with Stanislawa Zawadska in Krakow. In 1949 she made her concert debut. In 1950 she won a singing competition in Poznan (Posen), in 1951 the Bach Competition in Leipzig, in 1954 the Competition of Prague Music Spring.

After Stefania Woytowicz’ first successes in Poland, followed in 1955 a big tour to Austria, Russia and China. Since then she had shining successes in the concert halls all over the world, in London and Paris, in Stockholm and Moscow, in Holland and Germany and at the Festival of Edinburgh. In 1960 the singer, who kept her domicile in Warsaw, undertook a big concert tour to North America. At the Salzburg Festival she sang in 1965 a solo part in Symphony of Gustav Mahler, in 1970 in Lukas-Passion by K. Penderecki. In 1970 she appeared in a concert in Brussels, in 1973 at Maggio Musicale in Florence. On the stage she did not appear, probably however in television operas. In addition she sang opera music on numerous records. She had richly formed soprano voice of unusual luminous timbre. She was also am important interpreter of modern music (as Lieder nach Ansichtspostkartentexten by Alban Berg).

Recordings: Supraphon, Muza (Halka by Moniuszko); Eterna, DGG (including title role in complete recondition of the opera Tosca, Stabat Mater by Dvorák, Leonore in La forza del destino), Philips (Lukas-Passion and Utrenja by Penderecki), Telefunken (Lieder of Chopin), Edition Schwann (3rd Symphony of Górecki), Eterna, RCA (Utrenja by Penderecki).


Source: Operissimo Website English translation by Aryeh Oron (June 2004)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2004); Matthias Hansen (Photo 01, November 2007); Manfred Krugmann (Dates, May 2011; Photos 02-07, July 2011)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Andrzej Markowski

Soprano

BWV 211

Kurt Masur

Soprano

G.F. Handel: Cantata Armida Abbandonata, HWV 105

Ljubomir Romansky

Soprano

BWV 244 [3rd, not yet released]

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