The Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak has signed to Sony Classical. Formerly with Decca - for whom she made a couple of well-received solo albums – Kurzak will release her first recording under the new contract this autumn and for which she will be joined by her husband Roberto Alagna. A solo album will follow in the spring of 2019.
Kurzak, who holds a PhD in music, started her career performing lighter soprano parts like Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Gilda (Rigoletto), Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) but she has recently taken on slightly heavier roles like Rachel in Halévy’s La juive and Nedda in Pagliacci. Future plans include Verdi’s Luisa Miller and Elisabetta (Don Carlo).
A former member of the Hamburg State Opera company, Kurzak sings regularly in the world’s great houses.
Reviewing her Rossini collection for Decca in June 2013, Richard Wigmore spoke of her as ‘a natural comedienne, she combines a vivacious stage presence with graceful, finished phrasing and an apparently effortless coloratura technique … she is especially good at generating a crescendo of delirious, dizzying glee that is such a hallmark of Rossini’s comic art.’