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Magdalena Barylak


Magdalena Barylak

Born in Krakow, she is a graduate of the Faculty of Voice and Drama of the Academy of Music in Krakow.
For more than ten years, she taught solo singing at the Faculty of Voice and Drama of the Academy of Music in Krakow.
In year 2007, she earned her academic degree of a doctor in musical arts, specializing in vocal arts.

At present, she gives individual singing lessons and is a vocal tutor of the choir ensemble and soloists at the Krakow Opera. She is also a vocal tutor of the Con Fuoco Ensemble of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy, where she gives individual singing lessons. She also conducts classes in voice emission, relaxation and breathing techniques based on yoga in the group of youth and adults with speech disorders and Asperger's syndrome as a part of the project “I support knowledge” of the Krakow University of Technology.
She developed her vocal skills under the supervision of Anna Reynolds, Judith Beckmann, Juta Schleegel, Ryszard Karczykowski and Bogusław Szynalski. 
She was twice a scholar of Helmut Rilling’s Internationale Bachakademie in Stuttgart, where she sang the soprano part in the "Elias” oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and the 2nd soprano part in the “Mass in H-minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach.
She made her début at the Krakow Opera already as a student, singing the role of Pamina in “The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, directed by Kai Bumann. In the later period, interest in modern music, which she displayed as a student, resulted in numerous performances that were world premières of works of such composers as Daria Dobrochna Kwiatkowska, Krzysztof Olczak, Maciej Negrey, Mendi Mengjiqi, Unsuk Chin, Szczepan Tesarowicz or Zygmunt Krauze. The opera “Ivona, Princess of Burgundia” by Zygmunt Krauze, in which she was very successful as Queen Margaret, had its global première in Paris in 2004. The spectacle, conducted by Andrzej Straszyński and directed by Marek Weiss, was also presented at the “Warsaw Autumn” Modern Music Festival in year 2006 and was included in the repertoire of the Grand Theatre of the National Opera in Warsaw.
Since 2006, she has collaborated with the Krakow Opera, where she sings the following roles: The Countess in “The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Tatyana in “Eugene Onegin” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Joanna in “The Devils of Loudun” by Krzysztof Penderecki, Saffi in “The Gypsy Baron” by Johann Strauss, as well as title roles in: “Halka” by Stanisław Moniuszko, “Ariadne on Naxos” by Richard Strauss, “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi (which she performed during her several tours to the Netherlands and Belgium), “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini, “Madame Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini, Fata Morgana in “The Love for Three Oranges” by Sergey Prokofiev, and lately she has made her début as Elizabeth in the opera „Tannhäuser” by Richard Wagner.
She also appears on stages of other opera theatres in Poland: The Nova Opera in Bydgoszcz (title role in "Tosca” and in “Gioconda” by Amilcare Ponchielli), the Silesian Opera in Bytom, with which she has made numerous tours to Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France (the title role in “Aida” and the role of Abigaile in “Nabucco” by Giuseppe Verdi), the Grand Theatre in Łódź (title roles in “Tosca”, “Aida” and the role of Santuzza in “Cavalleria rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni), the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk (the title role in “Tosca”, the role of the Marschallin in “The Knight of the Rose” by Richard Strauss), with which she has also had two tours to Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark. During the summer opera festival in Gdańsk “Midsummer Celebration”, she appeared in the concert performance of the opera "The two Foscari” by Giuseppe Verdi, singing the part of Lucrezia Contarini.
Since 2007, she has cooperated with the Wrocław Opera, in which she made her début in the title role in the “Hagith” opera by Karol Szymanowski, and in which she still performs the following roles: Abigaile in “Nabucco”, the Dyer’s Wife in “The Woman without a Shadow” by Richard Strauss, Eve in “Paradise Lost” by Krzysztof Penderecki, Halka in the opera by Stanisław Moniuszko. She has also appeared in the outdoor mega-spectacle in the title role of “Tosca” (2013 and 2016), in the super-spectacle at the 100th Anniversary Hall as Lady Macbeth in the opera “Macbeth” by Giuseppe Verdi (2014) and as the Marschallin in “The Knight of the Rose” (2014); she has also played Senta in “The Flying Dutchman” by Richard Wagner in the pergola of Wrocław.