Prof. Ewa Iżykowska-Lipińska as of September 1, 2019 is the new General Director of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic—European Art Centre in Białystok.

An opera singer (soprano/mezzo-soprano) and an actress. Graduate of National Higher School of Music (currently Fryderyk Chopin University of Music) and of Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Higher School of Theatre (diploma with distinctions). As an operatic singer she worked under Prof. L. Małachowicz, K. Goławska, and E. Wdowicka. She continued her vocal studies at Accademia Chigiana in Siena under G. Favaretto and E. Campogalliani, and then in the La Scala in Milan under G. Simionato, E. Müller, and A. Tonini. As a recipient of a scholarship of German government she participated in masterclass of a great Wagner soprano B. Nilsson. Laureate of a number of national and international vocal competitions, such as Karol Szymanowski National Music Competition, Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna, or Mozart Competition in Alessandria. She debuted at opera stage in 1979 as Fiordiligi in W.A. Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” in Music Theatre in Słupsk, with musical director G. Nowak (dir. by R. Peryt). In 1981 she first sung in Teatro alla Scala in Milan, as Rita in G. Donizetti’s “Rita,” and after winning a competition she participated in Italian summer staggione in Alessandria as Fiordiligi in “Così fan tutte” directed by E. Müller with M. Trombetta partnering her as Don Alfonso. In 1981 she took part in the world premiere of the opera “Mannequins” by Z. Rudziński directed by R. Satanowski in Wroclaw Opera. Since 1982 she has been affiliated with Stanisław Moniuszko Great Theatre in Poznan, creating main roles in operas by Mozart, G. Verdi, G. Bizet, and G. Puccini, as well as in operettas by F. Lehár or J. Strauss II. For her artistic achievements she received an award of the city of Poznan for young creators of art—the same year as J.A.P. Kaczmarek, with whom she has recorded an album “Kometa Halleya” (Halley’s comet). In 1986 she started active cooperation with Kammeroper Wien. She debuted as Nedda in R. Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” directed by G. Tabori—the performance was named “the production of the year 1986” and then recorded by Austrian TV ORF. Her other roles in Vienna were Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” Dorlisca in G. Rossini’s “Torvaldo e Dorlisca,” and Violetta in G. Verdi’s “Traviata.” In the years 1987–1991 she was a soloist of the Luzerner Theater. There she sang Countess in “The Marriage of Figaro,” Poppea in C. Monteverdi’s “The Coronation of Poppea” (with tenor R. Vargas as Nero), Adriana in F. Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” (dir. by M. Viotti), Tatiana in P. Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” Blanche in F. Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites”, Saffi in J. Strauss’ “The Gypsy Baron,” Hanna Glawari in Lehár’s “The Merry Widow,” or Venus in J. Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld.” She has also been affiliated with opera houses in Wroclaw and Krakow, with Stanisław Moniuszko Great Theatre in Poznan (again since 1991), Great Theatre—National Opera in Warsaw, she gave concerts in Carnegie Hall in New York and Musikverein Wien, and in her repertoire there are also roles such as Salome in R. Strauss’ “Salome” and the Marschallin in his “The Knight of the Rose,” Benigna in K. Penderecki’s “The Black Mask,” Ewa in his “Paradise Lost” and Jeanne in his “The Devils of Loudun,” Ligia in F. Nowowiejski’s “Quo vadis,” Fedora in U. Giordano’s “Fedora,” Tosca in G. Puccini’s “Tosca” and Mimì and Musette in his “La Bohème,” Flora in G. Orefice’s “Chopin,” Galina in M. Landowski’s “Galina,” Rachela in J.F. Halévy’s “La Juive.” In the years 2000–2001 she took part in the production of Rudziński’s “Mannequins” in the Great Theatre—National Opera, and in 2005 she sung Tosca in South Korea. She has a wide repertoire of oratories and cantatas, such as Verdi’s Requiem, G. Mahler’s Symphony Nol. 2 and No. 8, R. Strauss’ “Four Last Songs,” H.M. Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs,” Penderecki’s “Te Deum,” “Dies irae,” “Utrenja,” and “Seven Gates of Jerusalem,” S. Moryto’s “Stabat Mater” and “Rapsod,” L. van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Missa solemnis, D. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14. She also gives recitals, performing songs. She coworked with pianists such as G. Favaretto, E. Campogalliani, V. Scalera, K. Jabłoński, J. Olejniczak, M. Drewnowski, A. Tatarski, S. Kowalczyk, M. Mizera, J. Maciejewski, W. Świtała, and conductors, such as M. Gielen, M. Viotti, E. Müller, G. Chmura, G. Nowak, K. Penderecki, J.M. Florêncio, A. Boreyko, J. Kaspszyk, A. Wit, M.J. Błaszczyk, K. Stryja, L. Romansky, O. Cuendet. She recorded a number of works for Polish Radio, Radio Vaticana, Radio Suisse Romande, Russian Radio and TV, and TV’s of Philippines, Brazil, Korea, Italy, Austria, and Swiss festival Musique et Amitie. She also pursues teaching. She is a Professor of Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. For 4 years she has been working in South Korea, where she directed a programme of cooperation between Keimyung University and Polish FCUM—Keimyung-Chopin Music Academy. She conducts masterclasses in the USA, Italy, South Korea, Austria, and Poland. She coworks as a vocal consultant with dramatic and music theatres and music and film labels. She teaches in the Polish Academy of Sciences (classes of rhetoric). She speaks fluent Italian, Russian, German, English and French.