Polish-Canadian mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej was born in Wroclaw, Poland. She maintains an active international performance career in concert, opera, recital and oratorio. With a vast and varied repertoire, she has a particularly impressive resumé of world premieres and rarely-performed contemporary chamber music and opera. In October 2011, she sang the world premiere of John Harbison’s new song cycle The Right to Pleasure.
She also recently premiered the lead role of Isabelle Eberhardt in Song from the Uproar , a new opera composed by Missy Mazzoli, at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard. Katarzyna made her Carnegie Hall debut premiering the role of The Virgin in Paola Prestini’s Oceanic Verses . In March 2011, she performed a recital tour in Serbia and Montenegro performing an all-French program, including Quebecois folk songs, as part of the Festivale de la Francophonie. In September 2010, she appeared in Belgrade, Timisoara, Lviv and Kiev where she performed recitals with Ukrainian pianist Marianna Humetska as well as premiered Canadian composer Michael Pepa’s Lilliane , composed especially for Katarzyna. She performed Lilliane with both the Banatul and Lviv Philharmonic Orchestras. In May 2011, Katarzyna made her debut at the Ojai International Music Festival, California, in performances alongside Dawn Upshaw and several other Bard Vocal Arts Alumni. Katarzyna was in Colombia for the 2010 Cartagena International Music Festival, where her performances were broadcast on national television. Other international concerts include appearances in Taipei for Stravinsky’s Les Noces ; Sulmona, Italy for Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro ; and Jerusalem, for the world premiere of A Call For Peace , composed by Sharbel Dalal.
Katarzyna is a winner of several prestigious prizes for her vocal accomplishments, including the Vivian Asfar Memorial Award for Vocal Excellence, the William and Phyllis Waters Graduating Award from the University of Toronto, and numerous scholarships from the International Vocal Arts Institute, the Marc and Eva Stern Foundation, the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto, Bard Vocal Arts, the Metropolitan Opera National Council and the Canadian Opera Volunteer Committee.