Maria Knapik
soprano

   



















personal website:
www.mariaknapik.com

"Maria Knapik made an extraordinary company debut in the title role (HALKA). The Polish soprano has the vocal power and idiomatic way with the native melodies, singing with pure tone and vital feeling. Knapik put across the character's yearning, heartbreak and anger vividly, with a subtle psychological depth and compelling acting. Even when forlorn and bedraggled, the soprano exudes a charismatic star quality and radiant stage presence."
The Miami Herald Tribune (March 2007)

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Soprano Maria Knapik who shines equally on the opera stage as in concert and oratorio, was awarded the 2005 International Rising Star of Opera Award by The American Institute of Polish Culture. She was also the 2003 winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation vocal competition in New York City.

Maria's 2007 season highlights include the title role in Suor Angelica and Nedda in I Pagliacci both with The New York Grand Opera in its summer festival in New York’s Central Park; Mimi in La Bohème with the Kingston Symphony, a highly acclaimed portrayal of the title role in Moniuzko’s opera Halka with Sarasota Opera and Warsaw Opera and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Lyra Ottawa. Maria will also be releasing her eagerly anticipated CD of Slavic arias recorded with the Sofia Philharmonic.

Previous opera highlights have included, among others, Liu in Turandot with The New York Grand Opera in Central Park, the title role in Verdi’s Joan of Arc at Carnegie Hall with The New York Grand Opera, Alice Ford in Falstaff with The State Opera in ,Ukraine as well as in its touring performances in Germany and Switzerland, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Mimi in La Bohème with the Jacksonville Symphony, the title role in Tosca, the title role of Verdi’s Alzira at Carnegie Hall, Mimi in Leoncavallo’s La Bohème all with New York Grand Opera under the baton of Vincent La Selva, the title role of Moniuszko’s opera The Countess in Warsaw and the title role in Manon Lescaut. She  was also invited by Licia Albanese to sing as a special Guest during the annual Puccini Foundation Concert at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.

2007 oratorio & concert engagements include Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Gorecki's 3rd Symphony in Carnegie Hall with the New York Grand Opera Orchestra, Poulenc's Gloria at The Kennedy Centre with the Royal Ballet of London and The Washington Chorus under Grammy winning director Robert Shafer.  Maria will also be releasing her eagerly anticipated  CD of Slavic arias recorded with the Sofia Philharmonic.

Previous concert highlights feature Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Krakow Philharmonic; Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony with The Ottawa Symphony,  Strauss' Four Last Songs with The Winnipeg Symphony,  Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Mendelsohn's Elijah with the Kingston Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with Orchestre Baroque de Montreal, Bruckner's Te Deum and Beethoven's Mass in C with Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Brahm's Ein Deutsches Requiem and Schubert's Mass in C Major with the University of Ottawa’s Orchestra, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with Britten-Pears Orchestra in Aldeburgh and The Peterborough Symphony, and Haydn's Missa in Angustiis with FMMC Orchestra and Choir in Washington .

Maria, originally from Poland, is the youngest of “The Eight Knapik Sisters” who performed more than 2800 concerts in tours of Europe and the British Isles.  Since the age of five, Maria, with her sisters, regularly appeared on Polish Radio & TV.

REPERTOIRE

 

OPERA
GLUCK
Euridice - Orpheo and Euridice

CILEA
Adriana Lecouvreur - Adriana Lecouvreur

KALMAN
Sylvia - The Czardas Princess

LEONCAVALLO
Mimi - La Bohème
Nedda - I Pagliacci

MONIUSZKO
Halka - Halka
Countess Hrabina - The Countess
Hanna - The Haunted Manor

MOZART
Donna Anna - Don Giovanni
Fiordiligi - Cosi fan Tutte
Countess - Le Nozze di Figaro


PUCCINI
Lauretta - Gianni Schicchi
Liu - Turandot
Manon Lescaut - Manon Lescaut
Mimi & Musetta - La Bohème
Suor Angelica - Suor Angelica
Tosca - Tosca

ROSSINI
Rosina - Barbiere di Siviglia

VERDI
Alice Ford - Falstaff
Alzira - Alzira
Gilda - Rigoletto
Giovanna d'Arco - Giovanna d'Arco
Violetta - La Traviata
 



CONCERT

BEETHOVEN
9th Symphony
Mass in C
Missa Solemnis

BRAHMS
Ein Deutsches Requiem

BRUCKNER
Te Deum

FRANK
Panis Angelicus

GORECKI
Symphony No. 3

HANDEL
Messiah

HAYDN
Missa in Angustiis

KOPROWSKI

Elegia

Tapestries of Love
 

MENDELSSOHN
Elijah

MONIUSZKO

U Przasniczki
Widma

MOZART
Exultate Jubilate
Laudate Dominum
Requiem
Vespere solennes de confessore

PENDERECKI
various

POULENC

Gloria

ROSSINI
Petite Messe Solennelle
Stabat Mater

R. STRAUSS
Four Last Songs

SCHUBERT
Mass in C Major

SZYMANOWSKI
Song of King Roger

TWARDOWSKI

various

VIVALDI

Gloria

ENGAGED BY:  

OPERA

Donetsk Academy State Opera of Ukraine
Greater Buffalo Opera Company
New York Grand Opera
Opera Hamilton
Opera Krakowska
Opera Lyra Ottawa

Opéra de Montréal
Puccini Foundation

Sarasota Opera
Teatr Wielki National Opera of Poland

MUSIC FESTIVALS

Aldeburgh Festival

Guelph Spring Festival

International Chamber Music Festival

New York Grand Opera - Summer in the Park

Outaouais Festival of Sacred Music

 

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS & CHORAL GROUPS

Britten Pears Orchestra
Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Cantata Singers of Ottawa
Cobourg Symphony

FMMC Orchestra
International Symphony Orchestra
Jacksonville Symphony

Kingston Symphony

Kitchener - Waterloo Philharmonic Orchestra

Krakow Opera Orchestra
Krakow Philharmonic

Lodz Philharmonic

National Philharmonic in Warsaw

New York Grand Opera Orchestra
New World Grand Opera Orchestra
Orchestre Baroque de Montréal

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra
Peterborough Symphony Orchestra
University of Ottawa Orchestra
Washington Chorus
Winnipeg Symphony

 

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