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Anna Lubańska
Mezzo-soprano. Graduated with honors from Warsaw’s Academy of Music in the class of Krystyna Szostek - Radkowa. She is a laureate of the „Ada Sari” International Vocal Competition where she received first prize and three honorable awards (for the best performance of French songs, songs by W.A. Mozart and the best performance of songs by W. Lutoslawski). Her universal talent, temperament and acting abilities make her one of the most versatile contemporary polish singers, able to perform equally well the tragic parts as well as the roles of lighter nature. Already during the last year of studies she began performing at the Polish National Opera where she had her operatic stage debut as Blumenmädchen in „Parsifal” by R. Wagner.

The most important roles in her repertoire, which she performed at the Polish National Opera include: Ortrud in „Lohengrin” by R. Wagner, Princess Eboli in „Don Carlos”, Amneris in „Aida” and Fenena in „Nabucco” by G. Verdi, Herodias in „Salome” by R. Strauss, Hedwig in „The Haunted Manor” by S. Moniuszko, Mother Ubu in „Ubu Rex” by K. Penderecki, Olga in „Eugene Onegin” by P. Tchaikovsky, Suzuki in „Madama Butterfly” by G. Puccini, Czesnikowa in „The Haunted Manor” by S. Moniuszko and Carmen in „Carmen” by G. Bizet, Sara in „Roberto Dewereux” by G. Dinizetti, Dydona in „Les Troyens” by H. Berlioz.  

Additionally she performs the following parts: Azzucena in „Il Trovatore” by G. Verdi, Fricka in the „Ring Cycle” by R. Wagner, Santuzza in „Cavalleria Rustican” by P. Mascagni, Adalgisa and Clothilde in „Norma” by V. Bellini, Mercedes in „Carmen” by G. Bizet, Flora in „La Traviata” by G. Verdi, Madelon in „Andrea Chenier” by U. Giordano, Margaret in „Wozzeck” by A. Berg, Hodel in „Fiddler on the Roof” by J. Bock, Bertha in „The Barber of Seville” by G. Rossini, Mother in „Lord Marimba” by M. Ptaszyńska, Marta in „Faust” by C. Gounod and La Voix de la Tombe in „Les contes d'Hoffmann” by J. Offenbach and many more.

She is valued interpreter of songs. Her repertoire includes a large number of songs in German, French, Polish, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Yiddish and English, these include single songs as well as their cycles, by such composers as F. Schubert, R. Schumann, J. Brahms, R. Strauss, H. Wolf, A. Schönberg, G. Mahler, S. Moniuszko, M. Karlowicz, K. Szymanowski , F. Poulenc, H. Berlioz, G. Fauré, C. Debussy, M. Ravel, M. de Falla, P. Tchaikovsky, D. Shostakovich.

In her repertoire one can find Oratorios and Cantatas. The most important Masses, Cantatas, Symphonies, from various ages, are: Dramatic Symphony „Romeo and Juliet” by H. Berlioz, Symphony No. 3 „Song to the Night” by K. Szymanowski, „Messiah” by G. Händel, „Seven Gates of Jerusalem” by K. Penderecki, „Missa pro Pace” by W. Kilar, numerous performances of Stabat Mater, by following composers: A. Dvorak, K. Szymanowski, G.B. Pergolesi, G. Rossini as well as Requiem by G. Verdi, V. Silvestrov, and A. Dvorak and the Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 9 by L. van Beethoven. Also Mozart's Coronation Mass, the Requiem and the “Great” Mass, Bach’s Magnificat, Passion according to Luke and and to Matthew as well as the Great Mass in B minor.

Since 1993 she has been engaged by the Polish National Opera and made her way to Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Opera Festival in Wiesbaden and the festival of Aphrodite in Cyprus. She also performs in opera houses and concert halls in Japan, Norway, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, France, Russia, Monaco and Hong Kong. In Poland she performed at philharmonic halls in Warsaw, Krakow, Katowice, Wroclaw and Bydgoszcz. She has also co-operated with the Warsaw Chamber Opera, Poznan Opera and the Krakow Opera. She was invited to Wratislavia Cantans Festival, Easter Festival of Ludwig van Beethoven, Warsaw Autumn Festival and the Krystyna Jamroz International Music Festival. She’s been invited to join jury in various vocal competitions. She worked with many great soloists and conductors, these include: Jerzy Maksymiuk, Kazimierz Kord, Jacek Kasprzyk, Marc Minkowski, Victor Gergiew, Stefan Soltesz, Jan Krenz, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Placido Domingo, Edita Gruberova.

She made several recordings including the complete studio recording of "Haunted Manor" by S. Moniuszko issued by EMI, and "Ubu Rex" by K. Penderecki, both recorded together with the Orchestra of the Polish National Opera conducted by Jacek Kasprzyk. Apart from the above she has done many recordings for Polish Radio and Television.