Professor Jadwiga Rappé, DMus Hab.

Pho­to Andrzej Świ­et­lik

Jad­wiga Rap­pé is an alto. She is one of Poland’s great­est singers. She grad­u­at­ed from the Uni­ver­si­ty of War­saw, Depart­ment of Slavon­ic Philol­o­gy. She stud­ied under Pro­fes­sor Zofia Bré­gy, she also grad­u­at­ed from the Acad­e­my of Music in Wrocław, class of Pro­fes­sor Jerzy Artysz. She won the 1st award at the Inter­na­tion­al Bach Com­pe­ti­tion in Liepzig, and a Gold­en Medal at the Fes­ti­val of Young Soloists in Bor­de­aux. For the record­ing of Karol Szymanowski’s 3 Frag­ments of Poems by J. Kasprow­icz (with Maja Nosows­ka) the artist was hon­oured with the Pol­ish Radio award (at the ini­tia­tive of Jan Weber) in 1982.

Jad­wiga Rap­pé is, first of all, an ora­to­rio and can­ta­ta singer, per­form­ing pieces from dif­fer­ent his­tor­i­cal peri­ods, from baroque to con­tem­po­rary music.

She has per­formed con­certs in the most famous con­cert halls in Europe, North Amer­i­ca and Asia, coop­er­at­ing with such renowned con­duc­tors as: R. Cha­illy, Sir C. Davies, N. Har­non­co­urt, K. Nagano, A. Jor­dan, M. Janow­ski, K. Pen­de­recki and A. Wit. She par­tic­i­pat­ed in the pre­mieres of con­tem­po­rary pieces, e,g, Sev­en Gates of Jerusalem by K. Pen­derec­ki in Jerusalem in 1997 under the baton of L. Maazel, or Mis­sa pro pace by W. Kilar at the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic in War­saw under the baton of K. Kord in 2001, as well as pre­mieres of works com­posed spe­cial­ly for her orig­i­nal alto voice (by J. Łuciuk, P. Moss and K. Bac­ulews­ki). In 2008 in Prague she took part in the world pre­miere of Ladi­slav Kubik’s Gong. Sin­fo­nietta for solo mez­zo-sopra­no, Mied choir and orches­tra, and on 1 July 2011 she par­tic­i­pat­ed in the pre­miere of Paweł Mykietyn’s Sym­pho­ny no.3 at the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic in War­saw, writ­ten spe­cial­ly for her voice.

In Jad­wiga Rappé’s reper­toire are also alto parts in operas by Gluck, Haen­del, Pon­chiel­li, Ver­di and R. Strauss.

Her great suc­cess was the part of god­dess Erda in R. Wagner’s cycle of four operas The Ring of the Nibelung. The artist sang the part dur­ing 9 pre­miere pro­duc­tions at lead­ing opera the­atres around the world. She also record­ed the part for EMI under the baton of B. Haitink. She was also very suc­cess­ful as a per­former of the parts of Gaea in Daphne by R. Strauss and Clyte­mne­stra in Elek­tra by R. Strauss, pre­sent­ed by the artist on stages of Deut­sche Oper in Ber­li­n and L’Opéra nation­al du Rhin in Stras­bourg, and also dur­ing many con­certs around the world.

She has col­lab­o­rat­ed with many famous opera direc­tors, such as: Goet­z Frie­dri­ch, Her­ber­t Wer­nicke, Yan­ni­s Kok­ko­s, or Krzysz­to­f War­li­kow­ski. Her discog­ra­phy cov­ers 48 CD albums, main­ly for the labels: BMG Music, Tel­dec, Era­to, Denon, Orfeo, Phi­lips, Dec­ca, Chan­doz, CD-Accords , Nax­os and DUX. Many albums record­ed with her par­tic­i­pa­tion won inter­na­tion­al prizes, 7 of the CDs record­ed in Poland won the ‘Fry­deryk’ awards, and 9 more were nom­i­nat­ed for it.

The Pol­ish Requ­iem by K. Pen­de­rec­ki, record­ed with her par­tic­i­pa­tion for Nax­os, was award­ed for ‘Gram­my 2005’ award. The album S. Moniuszko. Songs record­ed with Maja Nosows­ka won the ‘Orpheed’Or’ prize in 2011 in France, award­ed by the Aca­de­mieduDisqueLyri­que for the Best record­ing of songs, the album also had great reviews world­wide. In 2012 the live record­ing of G. Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (Katow­ice Orches­tra For Radio and Tele­vi­sion under the baton of M. Zilm, with P. Kusiewicz – tenor) was hon­oured in a sim­i­lar way.

Jad­wiga Rap­pé is often invit­ed to sit on a jury of vocal com­pe­ti­tions in Poland and abroad, she also teach­es mas­ter cours­es.

She is Pro­fes­sor at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music. From March 2006 to March 2009 she head­ed the board of the Witold Lutosławs­ki Soci­ety.

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