Biographie: Das Opernglas writes about Polish soprano Ewa Płonka:
“(...) she has a wonderful continuous vocal line and impressive stage presence. She can rely on solid low notes, broad middle range and brilliant high notes of her high-class-voice and rightfully earned frenetic applause (...)”.
In the season 2019-2020 her spinto / dramatic soprano repertoire includes title roles of operas: Turandot (Oper im Steinbruch/ Austria), Tosca (Virginia Opera), also Lady Macbeth (Opera Philadelphia, where she will share the role with Sondra Radvanovsky). Additionally, in the season 2019-2020 Ewa Płonka is returning to Dallas Opera to join the production of Don Carlo covering the role of Elisabetta where she will work with the conductor Emmanuelle Villaumeand. Dr Pɫonka will also debut with Canadian Opera Company in the production of The Flying Dutchman at the same time covering the role of Amneris in Aida . The concerts this season include Delius’s A Mass for Life with The Grant Park Festival in Chicago, as well as The Bells by Rachmaninov with The Nashville Symphony.
Season 2018-2019 included returning to Badische Staatstheater in her critically acclaimed portrayal of the role of Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena . On the concert stage, she joined the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall for Szymanowski's Stabat Mater in a concert marking the centennial of Polish independence and made further debuts with Finland’s Oulu Symphony in Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Opéra Orchestrede Montpellier, France, as the soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 under the baton of MichaelSchønwandt.
Other notable appearances include role debuts with Oper Frankfurt as Azucena in Verdi’sIl Trovatore, in a co-production with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Maddalena in a new production of Rigoletto after her successful house and role debut as Mary in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer.
Concert highlights include debuts with the San Antonio Symphony for Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah under the baton of Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing and Dallas Opera for a program featuring excerpts from Verdi's Il Trovatore and Massenet's Don Quichotte. She has performed concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center under the baton of Eve Queler, with the Munich Radio Orchestra and Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra and has presented solo recitals in New York City, Austin/Texas, Neumarkt/ Germany and Prudnik/ Poland. She was awarded Prize in American Protégé Competition, leading to a debut performance in Carnegie Hall; First Prize in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Competition, the Deborah Voigt Prize in the Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition, Prize in Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition, and a career grant from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition.
Ewa Płonka is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she obtained an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies. She holds additional degrees in piano performance from The Poznań Academy of Music, Poland, where she received her Bachelor’s and her first Master’s Degree with honors and held position as vocal coach. She also earned a second master’s degree with honors from Oklahoma City University and a doctorate, also with honors, from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City both in piano performance with secondary majors in vocal performance. As a concert pianist, Dr. Płonka has received multiple awards in international competitions and has performed in the U.S., Poland, Israel, France, Italy, Germany, and Norway.