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Adrianne Pieczonka, BMus’85, DMus’12, is one of the most successful sopranos on the international opera scene. An award-winning artist critically acclaimed for her iridescent voice, Adrianne has graced stages throughout Europe, Asia and North America. And her voice first soared at Western.

Biography

Dramatic and stunning, Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka is hailed for her "impeccably pure and iridescent voice" (Financial Times). A consummate concert and recital artist, she has appeared on leading opera and concert stages in Europe, North America and Asia. In addition to performances at New York's Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna Staatsoper, Paris, Berlin, Munich Frankfurt, Los Angeles, and La Scala, she has appeared at some of Europe's finest summer festivals including Salzburg, Bayreuth, Glyndebourne and Lucerne.

Ms. Pieczonka’s discography includes the JUNO-Award winning recording of some of Puccini's most well-loved arias (Orfeo), Lohengrin (Hänssler Classics), named 2010 BBC Magazine DISC OF THE YEAR/OPERA AWARD, the Juno-Award winning Beethoven: Ideals of The French Revolution (Analekta) featuring Paul Griffiths’s tribute to Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire The General with l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano, her first solo CD of arias by Wagner and Strauss (Orfeo), Falstaff with Bryn Terfel and Claudio Abbado (DG), Don Giovanni (Naxos), The Complete Orchestra Songs of Richard Strauss (Nightingale), and Die Fledermaus (Nightingale).

She can be seen on DVD as Chrysothemis in Strauss’s Elektra from Aix-en-Provence (BelAir Classiques), as Amelia in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Simon Boccanegra, as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (TDK) and as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (TDK).

Ms. Pieczonka began her career at the Canadian Opera Company in Lady MacBeth of Mzensk in 1988, returning to that company in 1994 to sing the role of Mimi in La Bohème. In 1989 she joined the Vienna Volksoper and established her home and career in Europe.

In 1991 she became a member of the Vienna Staatsoper where she continues to enjoy great success.  After living in London for some time, Adrianne returned to live in Toronto in 2005, where she continues to make her home.

Adrianne is an Officer of the Order of Canada, the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was named a Kammersängerin by the Austrian government.

In May 2013, she was named an Honourary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory of Music and in 2014 she received the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award. In 2017, it was announced she would appear on a Canadian stamp, part of a collection that celebrates two Canadian-penned operas and three individuals credited with bringing modern Canadian opera talent to the world stage.

Adrianne holds Honorary Doctorates from her alma mater, Western University, and McMaster University.

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