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Prof. dr. hab. Adam Zdunikowski

Graduated at the Warsaw Academy of Music, Department of Singing and Drama, and the University of Warsaw with a focus on management of cultural institutions. Since 1990 soloist at the Great Theater of the Warsaw National Opera. Winner of Polish and international singing competitions. During his 30-year artistic career he has performed on all opera and philharmonic stages in Poland and many around the world. His repertoire includes around 70 opera works as well as many oratorio and cantata parts.

In almost 2,000 performances he had the honor of working with the best Polish singers, the most renowned conductors and the best Polish directors. One of the artist’s extraordinary achievements is the performance of all of Krzysztof Penderecki’s oratorio works under the direction of the composer. Lecturer at the University of Music since 2014. F. Nowowiejski in Bydgoszcz and the branch of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Białystok. Chairman and member of the jury of national singing competitions as well as initiator and director of the “Bogdan Paprocki” singing competition in Bydgoszcz. Winner of the first edition of the “Ad Astra” Prize of the Minister of Culture and Arts. In 2011 he received the silver medal for services to culture “Gloria Artis” from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the badge “Honoris Gratia” from the President of the City of Kraków.

He made his debut in 1990 in the premiere of “Little Chimney Sweeper” by B. Britten at the Grand Theater of the National Opera. In this theater he expanded his opera repertoire (he currently has around 70 opera roles) and continues to work as a soloist to this day.

In 1991 he received an honorable mention ex equo with Piotr Beczała in the singing competition. Ady Sari won third prize at the International Singing Competition in Nowy Sącz in 1992. St. Moniuszko in Warsaw and became a finalist in the “Belvedere” International Opera Competition in Vienna in 1995.

In the years 1990 – 1998 he worked with the Warsaw Chamber Opera. From 1997 to 2015 he was a soloist at the Kraków Opera. In 1996 he worked with the Hamburg State Opera (participation in the production of “Cosi fan tutte” by W.A. Mozart). From 1998 he worked with Narodni Divadlo in Prague for the next six artistic seasons (he appeared in “The Barber of Seville” by G. Rossini, “Magic Flute” and “Cosi fan tutte” by W.A. Mozart and “The Bartered Bride” by B. Smetana; the premiere of “Castor and Pollux” (J.P. Rameu).  Since 2000 he has been a regular guest at the National Opera in Sofia (Faust in “Faust by Gounod”, Almaviva in “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini, Edgar in “Lucia di Lammermoore” by Donizetti).

The artist took part in many significant cultural projects, such as: the Polish premiere of A. Ponchielli’s opera “I Lituani” under the direction of G. Nowak, the European premiere of “Jerusalem Psalms” by Noam Sheriff under the direction of the composer, the performance of G. Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” under the direction of Nello Santi, world premiere of “Stabat Mater” by G. Stefani (conductor: G. Nowak), conclusion of the 25th anniversary celebrations of “Symfonia Varsovia” with the Performance of L. van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under the direction of J. Semkow, participation in the production of “Straszny Dwór” by St. . Moniuszko in Buffalo, ceremonial conclusion of the Schubert Year celebrations with the performance of the “Mass in A flat major” by F. Schubert under the direction of S. Kohler, season opening in the National Philharmonic with “The Seasons” by J. Haydn under the Conducted by K. Kord, recital by Chopin in Tokyo, performance of “The Seven Gates of Jerusalem” by K. Penderecki at the Teatro Real in Madrid, at the music fair “Midem 2000” and during the European Music Festival in Beijing under the direction of the composer, Participation in concerts of the oratorio “Paulus” by F. Mendelssohn with the Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv, guest appearance as Lensky in “Eugene Onegin” by P. Tchaikovsky at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the world premiere of Zygmunt Krauze’s opera “Iwona” in Paris, world premiere of Frantisek Skroup’s opera “The Meergeuse” in Prague.

Prof. Adam Zdunikowski has performed under the direction of such important conductors as Lorin Maazel, Noam Sheriff, Jiri Belohlavek, Jonas Kovacs, Kurt Masur, Nello Santi, Jerzy Semkow, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Zygmunt Latoszewski, Jan Krenz, Jerzy Satanowski, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Antoni Wit, Grzegorz Nowak, Kazimierz Kord, Jacek Kaspszyk sung; with such stage partners as Renato Bruson, Lucia Aliberti, Alan Titus, Soile Isokoski, Alberto Cupido, Siegfried Jerusalem, Joane Altmeier, Evgeni Nesterenko, Andreas Schmidt, Ning Liang, Eva Marton, Sylvia Geszty and Andrzej Dobber among others. One of the artist’s special achievements is the performance of all of K. Penderecki’s oratorio works under the direction of the master.