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Kathryn Lewek has established herself as one of opera’s most thrilling coloratura sopranos of this generation, performing some of the most vocally challenging roles in the repertoire, joining the top-ranking operatic performers of all time. Lewek made an “especially brilliant” (Backtrack) début as Ginevra in Ariodante with the Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele in Austria, opposite Cecilia Bartoli, where Ms. Lewek “perform[ed] a miracle” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) and thrilled audiences with “a rich (and richly differentiated) soprano voice [that] has not been experienced for a long time.” (Salzburger Nachrichten). She returned summer 2019 in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Orphée aux Enfers, “ravishingly” (Bachtrack) singing the “the raunchy, full-throttle” (Financial Times) role of Eurydice, wowing critics and audiences alike for her versatility as a performer and prompting Opera Wire to exclaim her Artist of the Week – not to mention a five-page spread in Salzburg’s official festival magazine.

The DVD of Orphée aux Enfers, which was nominated by the International Classical Music Awards, was released Worldwide in 2020 by Naxos on the UNITEL Edition label and is available on Amazon. The Blu-ray DVD of Ariodante was released Worldwide by Naxos in May of 2021, also on the UNITEL Edition label.  Her latest album Handel: Apollo e Dafne & Armida abbandonata (Pentatone/Naxos – 2021) was released Worldwide in February of 2022.
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Piangero from Giolio CesareKathryn Lewek
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Armida abbandonata, HWV 105 - II. Ah crudeleKathryn Lewek
00:00 / 06:26
Kathryn Lewek Violetta SizzleKathryn Lewek
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