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Katarzyna Balejko – mezzo-soprano
Young Polish mezzo soprano, Katarzyna Balejko has recently graduated from the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her future and current engagements include Dido in a concert performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Malika in Delibes’s Lakmé, understudy of Olga in Eugene Onegin with Garsington Opera, Lucretia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Opera Makers performance at the Clore Studio, Royal Opera House, Colombina Le donne curiose E. Wolf-Ferrari under Mark Shanahan.
Katarzyna is also looking forward to joining Les Azuriales Young Artist Programme in Nice this fall where she will perform the role of Mistress Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff.
Other operatic and concert performances include Opera Scenes at the Studio Theatre in Milton Court and at The Buick Grand Theatre in Shanghai (China), the alto solo part in Verdi's Requiem at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Brighton and a recital of arias and duets in La Pedrera Casa Mila in Barcelona.
Katarzyna Balejko began her musical training as a violinist studying for 12 years at Ludomir Różycki Primary and Secondary Music School in Kielce. She completed her undergraduate training in vocal and drama at Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. During the course she performed as Lucy in The Beggar’s Opera and as Rinaldo in Handel masterpiece for G.G Gorczycki’s International Festival of Ancient Music.
Katarzyna graduated with distinction from postgraduate vocal course at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and was awarded Concert Recital Diploma for her final recital.
“Balejko's performance (as Lucretia) was powerful, controlled and remarkably mature one. All the more telling because English is not her native language.” (Planet Hugill)
"charismatic foil Katarzyna Balejko...is the engine of the female comic moments and (she) was a complete delight” (Bachtrack)
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